Pfizer finally finishes a 3-year regulatory odyssey, bagging an FDA OK for 1st Epogen knockoff
A decade after Hospira launched its biosimilar of Amgen’s aging anemia drug Epogen in Europe, its successors at Pfizer have finally pushed it over the finish line at the FDA. The approval of the first Epogen copycat today — sold by J&J as Procrit — comes after their knockoff Retacrit was snubbed twice at the FDA, first in 2015 and again last summer, when regulators voiced dissatisfaction with their manufacturing center.
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