Amgen Launches Rituxan Rival In US
As Company Reflects On Future Of Biosimilars In US
Amgen has announced the launch of its biosimilar version of Rituxan (rituximab), Riabni, in the US market, further expanding the firm’s oncology biosimilars portfolio.
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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.
Gedeon Richter has high ambitions for biosimilars, recently penning a deal to bring in a tocilizumab biosimilar that is currently under development. During its first-quarter earnings call, the Hungarian company’s CEO gave his current thinking on how payers may treat biosimilars amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amgen has launched its Kanjinti biosimilar version of trastuzumab in the US after a court refused Genentech’s request for an injunction. At the same time, Amgen has also introduced its Mvasi bevacizumab biosimilar. The launches represent Amgen’s first biosimilar introductions in the US.