Amgen Debuts Oncology Biosimilars Bevacizumab And Trastuzumab In US
Amgen has launched its Kanjinti biosimilar version of trastuzumab in the US after a court refused Genentech’s request for an injunction. At the same time, Amgen has also introduced its Mvasi bevacizumab biosimilar. The launches represent Amgen’s first biosimilar introductions in the US.
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