Sandoz launches an authorized generic of key oncology product VIDAZA®

Princeton, New Jersey, September 23, 2013 – Sandoz today announced the US launch of azacitidine for injection, an authorized generic version of Celgene’s VIDAZA®.

Azacitidine for injection is indicated to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a bone marrow disease formerly known as pre-leukemia.1

“Sandoz is pleased to make this affordable, high-quality oncology product available to patients in the US,” said Peter Goldschmidt, President of Sandoz US. “With this launch, Sandoz further strengthens its position as the global leader in differentiated generic injectable products.”

Sandoz is marketing azacitidine for injection in 100mg single-use vials, the same strength as that of the brand product.

According to IMS Health, US sales for branded azacitidine for injection were USD 373 million for the 12 months ending in May 2013.


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About Sandoz

Sandoz, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis, is a global leader in the rapidly growing generics industry. Sandoz offers a broad range of about 1,100 high-quality, affordable products that are no longer protected by patents. With nearly 26,000 employees in approximately 140 countries, Sandoz holds the #1 position globally in biosimilars, injectables, ophthalmics and dermatology as well as a strong global #5 position in inhalables. Key product groups include antibiotics, treatments for central nervous system disorders, gastrointestinal medicines, cardiovascular treatments, and hormone therapies. Sandoz develops, produces, and markets these medicines along with pharmaceutical and biotechnological active substances and anti-infectives. In addition to strong organic growth in recent years, Sandoz has made a series of acquisitions including Lek (Slovenia), Sabex (Canada), Hexal (Germany), Eon Labs (US), EBEWE Pharma (Austria), Oriel Therapeutics (US), and Fougera Pharmaceuticals (US). In 2012, Sandoz posted sales of USD 8.7 billion.

SOURCE: Sandoz