Mundipharma launches Pelmeg® (pegfilgrastim) biosimilar in Europe
· Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland are the first markets to launch Pelmeg®.
· Pelmeg, a pegfilgrastim biosimilar, is indicated for the reduction of the duration of neutropenia and incidence of febrile neutropenia in adults treated with chemotherapy.[i]
- Developed by Cinfa Biotech, part of the Mundipharma network of independent associated companies, Pelmeg becomes the fourth biosimilar in Mundipharma’s portfolio, building on Mundipharma’s proven commercial excellence and further expanding its commercial footprint, with further launches expected across Europe subject to local approval processes.
CAMBRIDGE, UK: 05 February 2019 – The Mundipharma network of independent associated companies today announced the launch of Pelmeg® (pegfilgrastim), a biosimilar of Neulasta® following European Commission (EC) approval in November 2018.[ii] Pelmeg is the fourth biosimilar medicine to be commercialised by Mundipharma, expanding its portfolio and commercial footprint across Europe. It was developed by Cinfa Biotech which was acquired by Mundipharma and announced in October 2018.
Now available in Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland, Pelmeg is indicated for the reduction of the duration of neutropenia and the incidence of febrile neutropenia in adult patients treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy for malignancy (with the exception of chronic myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes).1
“We are delighted that Pelmeg is now available in these countries. The launch of the treatment builds on our proven commercial excellence in biosimilars over the past four years. Pelmeg has the potential to play an important role in improving the lives of patients affected by chemotherapy induced neutropenia and febrile neutropenia,” said Philippe Bastide, Head of Biosimilars, Europe. “Through our partnership with Celltrion, we estimate Remsima® and Truxima® have already saved European healthcare systems approximately €330m.[iii]* If all patients currently being treated with the reference product are offered access to Pelmeg, further significant savings can be realised for the healthcare community.”
The acquisition of Cinfa Biotech provides Mundipharma with global reach and expanded development capabilities. Mundipharma will continue to leverage partnerships to develop its expanding portfolio of Biosimilars, reinforcing its leadership in Europe and extending its geographical footprint.