Teva and Sandoz launch new generics

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In early 2021, Teva Pharmaceuticals announced the US launch of generic versions of NuvaRing® and AZOPT®. During the same period, Sandoz launched its version of Firazyr.

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Teva launches
In January 2021, Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced the launch of a generic version of NuvaRing® (etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring). This is a 0.120 mg/0.015 mg per day, estrogen/progestin combination hormonal contraceptive (CHC) for use by women to prevent pregnancy.

In March 2021, Teva announced the launch of the first generic version of AZOPT® (brinzolamide ophthalmic suspension) 1%. This is used to treat high pressure inside the eye due to ocular hypertension and open-angle glaucoma. This works by decreasing the amount of fluid in the eye. The product was developed by Indoco Remedies and will be manufactured at its facility in Goa, India.

Sandoz launch
On 28 January 2021, Sandoz announced the US launch of generic version of Takeda’s Firazyr® (icatibant) injection. Following US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in September 2020, this is now available as a pre-filled syringe to treat acute attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE).

HAE is a rare disease characterized by recurrent episodes of severe swelling of the skin and mucous membranes. Swelling of the airways and throat can be very dangerous and potentially lead to death. Patients also suffer nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Icatibant acts to stop attacks by blocking interaction between the bradykinin protein and the bradykinin B2 receptor.

As part of a US commercialization deal, this generic drug product will be produced by Slayback Pharma.

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