Tony Hagen is senior managing editor for The Center for Biosimilars®.
On the heels of its earlier announcement of a bevacizumab biosimilar launch, India-based Cadila Pharmaceuticals said it also has a rituximab biosimilar entering the marketplace.
Cadila Pharmaceuticals said it has launched a biosimilar rituximab (Ritucad) for the Indian market. The drug is used for the treatment of blood cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Rituximab is used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Each year there are more than 28,000 new cases of lymphoma in India, the company said.
This was the company’s second biosimilar launch announcement in a week. Cadila previously stated that the bevacizumab biosimilar Bevaro would be made available in India for the treatment of ovarian cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, and kidney cancer.
Cadila is based in Ahmedabad, India. The company stated in the bevacizumab launch announcement that it intends to continue launching biosimilar products this year.