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Fresenius Announces First Subcutaneous Tocilizumab Biosimilar Approved in the US

Mar 5, 2024

On 5 March 2024, the FDA approved Fresenius Kabi’s Tyenne® (tocilizumab), biosimilar to Genentech’s/Roche’s Actemra®, for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, giant cell arteritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.  Tyenne® is the second FDA-approved tocilizumab biosimilar, following the approval of Biogen’s IV formulation Tofidence® in September 2023, but is the first approved subcutaneous formulation.  Tyenne® was approved by the FDA in both IV and subcutaneous forms. The US launch date for its tocilizumab products remains confidential following a patent settlement with Roche and Chugai in October 2022.   

Tyenne® has launched in more than 10 countries to date, including in Europe in November 2023 in both IV and subcutaneous formulations.  Fresenius reports that its global roll out will continue through 2024 and 2025.