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Vifor Pharma expands ESA product portfolio with rights to commercialise Pfizer’s proposed epoetin alfa biosimilar, Retacrit™, in the US dialysis market 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016, ↓ directly to download

Vifor Pharma, a company of the Galenica group, has further expanded its Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agent (ESA) portfolio with the licensing of commercialisation rights in the US dialysis market to Pfizer’s RetacritTM, a proposed biosimilar epoetin, in the field of nephrology.

Hospira, a Pfizer company, (NYSE: PFE), submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for RetacritTM in December 2014. RetacritTM is under review for the treatment of anaemia associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD), renal failure as well as chemotherapy-induced anaemia. With access to RetacritTM, once approved, Vifor Pharma will be positioned to also offer a short-acting ESA to the US dialysis market.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Vifor Pharma, a company of the Galenica Group, is a world leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of iron deficiency. The company also offers a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines as well as over-the-counter (OTC) products. Vifor Pharma, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has an increasingly global presence and a broad network of affiliates and partners around the world.

Galenica is a diversified Group active throughout the healthcare market which, among other activities, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products, runs pharmacies, provides logistical and database services and sets up networks. With its two Business units Vifor Pharma and Galenica Santé, the Galenica Group enjoys a leading position in all its core business activities. A large part of the Group’s income is generated by international operations. Galenica is listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, GALN, security number 1,553,646).

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Beatrix Benz

Head of Global Communications & Public Affairs

Vifor Pharma Ltd.

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