Sandoz receives complete response letter from the US FDA for proposed biosimilar rituximab

HOLZKIRCHEN, Germany I May 2, 2018 I Sandoz, a Novartis division, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a complete response letter (CRL) regarding the Biologics Licensing Application (BLA) for its proposed biosimilar rituximab.

Sandoz stands behind the robust body of evidence included in the regulatory submission and is currently evaluating the content of the letter. While disappointed, Sandoz remains committed to further discussions with FDA in order to bring this important medicine to US patients as soon as possible.
There is a substantial unmet need for access to safe and effective therapies. Sandoz is committed to increasing patient access to high-quality, life-enhancing biosimilar medicines. As the pioneer and global leader in biosimilar medicines, Sandoz has five biosimilar medicines currently marketed in various countries worldwide, as well as a leading global pipeline.

About Sandoz

Sandoz is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars. As a division of the Novartis Group, our purpose is to discover new ways to improve and extend people's lives. We contribute to society's ability to support growing healthcare needs by pioneering novel approaches to help people around the world access high-quality medicine. Our portfolio of approximately 1000 molecules, covering all major therapeutic areas, accounted for 2017 sales of USD 10.1 billion. In 2017, our products reached well over 500 million patients. Sandoz is headquartered in Holzkirchen, in Germany's Greater Munich area.

SOURCE: Sandoz

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