Biosimilar to rituximab approved in Europe

11:00 EDT 22 Jun 2017 | Healio

Rixathon, a biosimilar to rituximab and manufactured by Sandoz, was approved in Europe for rheumatoid arthritis, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, microscopic polyangiitis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to a company press release.“Today’s approval of Rixathon represents a big win for patients in Europe with blood cancers and immunological diseases because it enables increased access to biologics,” Carol Lynch, global head of biopharmaceuticals at Sandoz, said in the release. “It also allows health care systems to redeploy resources to other areas of high need, particularly innovative therapies.”

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