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Teva Sticks With 10% Discount For Trastuzumab

Launch Discount For Herzuma Biosimilar Matches That Offered For Rituximab

Executive Summary

Teva and Celltrion have launched their Herzuma trastuzumab biosimilar in the US at a 10% discount to the Herceptin brand. The discount matches that offered for their Truxima rituximab biosimilar and compares to steeper discounts offered by competing biosimilars.

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Teva has expanded on plans to improve its profit margins after emerging from a years-long restructuring program that has cut its cost base by over $3bn. The Israeli company reported first-quarter sales ahead by 5% to $4.36bn, seeing a “mixed bag” effect from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as positive results from new launches including two US biosimilars.

Fifth US Biosimilar To Herceptin Launched By Merck

Merck & Co has launched Ontruzant, the trastuzumab biosimilar developed and manufactured by Samsung Bioepis, in the US following a staggered approval process and earlier intellectual-property hurdles. The list price discount offered by the firm puts it in the middle of the pack among the four other biosimilar players currently on the market.

Samsung Bioepis Gets Higher Strength Trastuzumab Nod

Although Merck has not yet debuted the Ontruzant version of trastuzumab developed by Samsung Bioepis in the US, the firm can now look to introduce two strengths of the Herceptin biosimilar, ahead of plans to spin off its biosimilar assets into a new company next year.

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