Alexion To Join With AZ Ahead Of US Soliris Biosimilars In 2025
Originator Shifting Patients To Next-Gen Ultomiris
Amgen will be able to launch its US Soliris biosimilar around two years ahead of patent expiry under a settlement agreement. The brand’s manufacturer, Alexion, discussed the threat as AstraZeneca pounced with a $39bn takeover agreement.
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Alexion Pharmaceuticals is confident of its strategy to switch patients from Soliris to Ultomiris as the threat of biosimilar competition to the former looms. But launching a biosimilar to Soliris alone will be a challenge, the company maintains.
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