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Accord launches biosimilar filgrastim in Europe Posted 27/02/2015

Generics company Accord Healthcare (Accord) has announced the launch of their first European approved biosimilar Accofil (filgrastim), indicated for the treatment of chemotherapy induced neutropenia.

The news follows the European approval of Accofil in September 2014 [1]. 

Accofil is a biosimilar of Amgen’s Neupogen (filgrastim). The biosimilar is indicated for the same indications as neupogen, i.e. reduction in the duration of neutropenia and the incidence of febrile neutropenia, mobilization of peripheral blood progenitor cells, severe congenital, cyclic or idiopathic neutropenia and persistent neutropenia in patients with advanced HIV infection.

This latest filgrastim biosimilar brings to nine the number of filgrastim biosimilars approved for use in Europe. The first filgrastim biosimilars approved in Europe were Biograstim, Ratiograstim and Tevagrastim from CT Arzneimittel, Ratiopharm and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, respectively [1].

Accofil is available in pre-filled syringes in dosages of 30MU/0.5 mL and 48MU/0.5 mL. The biosimilar is ‘the first of many biological products’ Accord is ‘in the process of bringing to the EU market over the coming years’.

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Reference
1.   GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Biosimilars approved in Europe [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2015 Feb 27]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Biosimilars/General/Biosimilars-approved-in-Europe 

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