Biocon, Mylan launches biosimilar Fulphila in Canada

Biocon, Mylan launches biosimilar Fulphila in Canada
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Biotechnology major Biocon and drug firm Mylan NV on Tuesday jointly announced the launch of Fulphila, a biosimilar to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), in Canada for cancer patients.

Biotechnology major Biocon and drug firm Mylan NV on Tuesday jointly announced the launch of Fulphila, a biosimilar to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), in Canada for cancer patients. Fulphila is approved by Health Canada to decrease the incidence of infection, as manifested by febrile neutropenia, in patients with non-myeloid malignancies receiving myelosuppressive anti-neoplastic drugs, said Biocon in a press release.

The approval of Fulphila was based on a comprehensive package of analytical, nonclinical and clinical data, which confirmed that the product is highly similar to Neulasta and no clinically meaningful differences in terms of safety and efficacy exist.

Fulphila, co-developed by Biocon Biologics and Mylan, was launched in Australia some two weeks ago. It was the first biosimilar pegfilgrastim to be approved in the US and was launched in July 2018.

"We are pleased to expand access to our high-quality biosimilar pegfilgrastim to patients in Canada. This is the second biosimilar from our portfolio to be launched in Canada by our partner Mylan and is an endorsement of our science, development and manufacturing capabilities in the area of biologics. We are committed to serve 5 million patients through our biosimilars portfolio and cross a revenue milestone of US$1 billion by FY22," said Christiane Hamacher, CEO of Biocon Biologics.

Biocon Biologics is a subsidiary of Biocon.

David Simpson, Country Manager, Mylan Canada, said, "We have reached a negotiated agreement with the Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) to help expand access to treatment and reduce costs for cancer patients." He added, "Fulphila is the second biosimilar to be offered by Mylan through the Mylan-Biocon Biologics partnership in Canada and the second biosimilar approved by Health Canada through this collaboration to support cancer patients. With Mylan's global portfolio of 20 biosimilar and insulin analogue products in development or on the market, we are bringing vast biosimilars experience to the market here in Canada. Among these products is an extensive oncology portfolio increasing choice and access for patients across the region."

Biosimilar pegfilgrastim is one of the 11 biologic products being co-developed by Mylan and Biocon for the global market. Mylan has exclusive commercialization rights for the product in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and in the European Union and European Free Trade Association countries.

Biocon has shared or co-exclusive commercialisation rights with Mylan for the product in the rest of the world.

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