Pfizer/Celltrion Prep For October Inflectra Launch
With Celltrion shipping the first batch of its biosimilar Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) and a stipulation agreement with Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer is set to launch the product on Oct. 3 – six months after it was approved in the US.
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