Neulasta® is the long acting formulation of Neupogen® (filgrastim). Filgrastim is used to help cancer patients taking chemotherapies fight infections and fever by boosting white blood cell counts. Apotex believes it is the first company to have a biosimilar filing accepted for review by FDA for the long acting formulation of the product. According to IMS Health, Neulasta® had approximately $3.6 billion in sales in calendar year 2013.
“We are very pleased to be at the forefront of companies who will introduce high quality biosimilar products into the US marketplace,” said Apotex President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jeremy B. Desai. “Our entry into this new frontier of medicine in the United States is a watershed event in Apotex’s 40 year history of providing quality, affordable medicines to patients in need around the globe,” Desai added. “The benefits for patients, payers and providers from biosimilars will be significant. We are dedicated to playing a leading role in the effort to increase the American public’s access to more affordable versions of these life-saving therapies and generate substantial savings for the US health care system,” Desai added.
The product will be marketed in the United States by ApoBiologix®, a division of Apotex Corp.
Apotex is the largest Canadian owned pharmaceutical company with over 5,500 employees. Globally it has another approximately 4,500 employees with estimated sales of approximately $2 billion. The company’s US headquarters is based in Weston, Florida. With its worldwide manufacturing sites, Apotex can produce up to 24 billion dosages per year. It produces 300 medicines in 4,000 dosages and formats that are exported to 115 countries. It has 500 products under development and will spend $2 billion over the next 10 years on research and development.