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Sandoz Study Finds 8 Sandoz Biosimilars are Comparable to Originator Biologics

Oct 30, 2023

A Sandoz study published in Drug Safety found that eight Sandoz biosimilars (adalimumab (Hyrimoz®), epoetin alfa (Binocrit®), etanercept (Erelzi®), filgrastim (Zarzio®), infliximab (Zessly®), pegfilgrastim (Ziextenzo®), rituximab (Rixathon®), and somatropin (Omnitrope®) “can be used as safely as their respective reference biologics” based on real-world experience of all eight marketed products.   The study summarised post-approval cumulative patient exposure and safety experience for the eight products based on the available pharmacovigilance data from Periodic Safety Update Reports (PSURs) and the corresponding PSUR assessment reports authored by health authorities, where available, as of 31 January 2023.  The authors also concluded that “it is reasonable to believe that similar conclusions about safety may be reached for other biosimilars developed and approved to the high standards as are already in place by major health authorities such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)”.