Canadian Decision On Biological Names Leaves US As The Outlier
Health Canada’s decision to not add a suffix to non-proprietary names for biologics, including biosimilars, has left the US as the only major territory to operate such a convention. The move has been welcomed by the Canadian generics industry.
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