Orphan Biosimilars: Developers See Big Prospects In Small Markets; Soliris Is One Target
Using lessons learned from the first wave of biosimilar approvals – and citing high prices in the US – some developers are starting to 'think small' with biosimilars for rare disease markets. Alexion’s Soliris is a case in point.
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