Sandoz continues to advance its industry-leading biosimilars pipeline that currently has six molecules in the Phase III clinical trial/filing prep phase.
As part of the Novartis Q1 announcements, Sandoz has announced the following biosimilar development milestones:
• Sandoz completed the patient enrollment for its Phase III trial with biosimilar etanercept (Amgen's Enbrel®). The global clinical trial seeks to confirm biosimilarity with regard to safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of the Sandoz product versus Enbrel in patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque-type psoriasis.
• Sandoz also completed a Phase III trial for the US registration of biosimilar filgrastim (Amgen's Neupogen®) and two global Phase III trials for global registration of biosimilar pegfilgrastim (Amgen's Neulasta®). The trials aimed to confirm biosimilarity of the Sandoz biosimilars versus Neupogen® and Neulasta® in breast cancer patients eligible for myelosuppresive chemotherapy treatment.
Sandoz also continues to make strong progress on its other biosimilar clinical development programs which includes biosimilar versions of rituximab (Roche's Rituxan®/MabThera®) and adalimumab (AbbVie's Humira®).