Teva And Celltrion Gain Arthritis Advantage On Rituximab
Truxima Biosimilar Now Available In Rheumatoid Arthritis Indication In US
Teva and Celltrion’s Truxima rituximab biosimilar is now available with a rheumatoid arthritis indication in the US, the firms have revealed, giving it a potential advantage over Pfizer’s Ruxience version.
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Teva is “uniquely qualified” to succeed with biosimilars thanks to the dual branded and generic mindsets that it can bring to the table, Christine Baeder, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Teva’s US generics division, tells Generics Bulletin in the second part of an exclusive interview.
Amgen has received FDA approval and revealed launch plans for its Riabni rituximab rival to Rituxan, setting a price discount in line with Pfizer’s Ruxience version. However, the biosimilar has not been approved for the rheumatoid arthritis indication that is enjoyed by Teva and Celltrion’s higher-priced Truxima version.
Teva says the Truxima rituximab biosimilar it sells in the US in partnership with Celltrion has captured a fifth of the market a year after launch, driven in part by its exclusive rheumatoid arthritis indication.