Pegfilgrastim Next As Fresenius Kabi Eyes Five Biosimilars In 2025
High Triple-Digit Million-Euro Sales Forecasted From 2024
Fresenius Kabi has drawn up a roadmap to offering five biosimilar products by 2025, with a biosimilar to Amgen’s Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) set to rival competitors in the US and Europe later this year, ahead of a biosimilar to Roche and Chugai’s Actemra/Ro-Actemra (tocilizumab).
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Fresenius Kabi saw a sales and earnings slump in its North America business in the final quarter of last year, which dragged heavily on the firm’s full-year operations. Management have conceded that one of those factors, manufacturing issues at its Melrose Park facility, will blow into 2021, with no product approvals or launches anticipated from the site.