Fifth US Biosimilar To Herceptin Launched By Merck
Ontruzant Biosimilar Available For All Eligible Indications
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.
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Ahead of launching potentially its Lucentis biosimilar in the EU early next year, Samsung Bioepis has reported two lots of positive analysis involving its Byooviz biosimilar, at the same time as it disclosed the findings of a five-year follow-up study for its trastuzumab biosimilar, Ontruzant.
With a couple of major partnerships and a stable of internal projects, Teva expects to play a role in the “majority of meaningful US biosimilar launches in the next five-to-eight years,” executive vice-president for North America commercial Brendan O’Grady told Generics Bulletin in an exclusive interview.
Taiwan’s EirGenix has made progress with its trastuzumab biosimilar for breast cancer, EG12014, announcing positive Phase III clinical results for the Herceptin equivalent.