Sandoz, a Novartis division and the pioneer and global leader in biosimilars, today announced the presentation of two long-term, Phase III studies: one each for biosimilar Zessly® (infliximab), and biosimilar Erelzi®(etanercept).,
Research from the 54-week REFLECTIONS B537-02 study of Zessly and the 48-week EQUIRA study of Erelzi showed that each biosimilar matched its reference biologic in terms of safety, efficacy and quality, reinforcing previously-presented findings.,,. The research also indicated that switching from the reference medicine to the biosimilar did not affect safety, efficacy or immunogenicity., Both studies are being presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) in Amsterdam.
"We are very pleased with these data, which reinforce what well over 10 years of science and real-world evidence in Europe have shown - that biosimilars match their reference medicines in terms of safety, efficacy and quality," said Mark Levick, MD, PhD, Global Head of Development, Biopharmaceuticals, Sandoz. "It is our hope that these studies will help healthcare providers and patients have confidence that switching to Zessly or Erelzi will continue to deliver the benefits they are receiving from their existing treatment."
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