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Novartis/Sandoz Biosimilar Erelzi OK'd; Covets Enbrel's US Sales

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Novartis AG unit Sandoz Inc. won US approval of its biosimilar Erelzi, which is referenced on Amgen's tumor necrosis factor blocker Enbrel (etanercept). The product, however, currently is caught in a patent dispute, although a recent stipulation has provided some hope for a smoother path through the legal jungle than other biosimilars may face.

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