Alvotech and STADA Increase Access to Adalimumab for Patients in Switzerland with the Launch of Hukyndra®
- Hukyndra® increases availability of high-concentration, low-volume, citrate-free presentations of adalimumab
- Exclusive partnership between Alvotech and STADA in Europe includes Hukyndra® and six biosimilar candidates
REYKJAVIK, Iceland and BAD VILBEL, Germany, Sept. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alvotech (NASDAQ: ALVO), a global biotech company specializing in the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide, and STADA Arzneimittel AG (STADA), announced today the launch of Hukyndra®, a high-concentration, low-volume, citrate-free formulation, biosimilar to Humira® (adalimumab), in Switzerland.
Hukyndra (adalimumab) is marketed by Spirig HealthCare AG, STADA’s subsidiary in Switzerland. Hukyndra is available in 80 mg/0.8 mL and 40 mg/0.4 mL presentations in a safety device for self-administration and 40 mg/0.4 mL in a pre-filled auto-inject pen, designed with the ease of patients in mind.
“Significant unmet needs for access to biologics exist for patients across Europe,” said Bryan Kim, Head of Global Specialty, EVP of STADA. “Our partnership with Alvotech enables STADA to deliver a broad range of high-quality biosimilars to European patients. Launches of Hukyndra in multiple markets is evidence of our commitment to broader access to critical therapies.”
Anil Okay, Chief Commercial Officer of Alvotech, remarked, “We are pleased to leverage Alvotech’s strength as a purpose-built end-to-end biosimilars development and manufacturing platform through our partnership with STADA, to broaden patient access to cost-effective biologics across Europe.”
STADA and Alvotech announced an exclusive partnership agreement in November 2019, that spans Hukyndra and six biosimilar candidates in total, across autoimmunity, oncology, and ophthalmology indications. Alvotech is responsible for development and manufacturing, while STADA is responsible for the commercialization.
In November 2021, STADA received approval from the European Commission for Hukyndra, in the 27 EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. The biosimilar has now also been approved in the UK and Switzerland. Hukyndra has already launched in Austria, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Sweden.
STADA is supporting Hukyndra’s launches in individual national markets through tailored educational materials as well as dedicated patient support programs.
About Hukyndra (adalimumab)
Hukyndra is a monoclonal antibody and a biosimilar to Humira® (adalimumab) that inhibits tumor necrosis factor. Hukyndra has been approved in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, the UK, Switzerland, and Canada (as Simlandi™). Dossiers are under review in multiple countries, including in the United States.
Alvotech is a biotech company, founded by Robert Wessman, focused solely on the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide. Alvotech seeks to be a global leader in the biosimilar space by delivering high quality, cost-effective products, and services, enabled by a fully integrated approach and broad in-house capabilities. Alvotech’s current pipeline contains eight biosimilar candidates aimed at treating autoimmune disorders, eye disorders, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and cancer. Alvotech has formed a network of strategic commercial partnerships to provide global reach and leverage local expertise in markets that include the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and other Asian countries and large parts of South America, Africa and the Middle East. Alvotech’s commercial partners include Teva Pharmaceuticals, a US affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (US), STADA Arzneimittel AG (EU), Fuji Pharma Co., Ltd (Japan), Cipla/Cipla Gulf/Cipla Med Pro (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa/Africa), JAMP Pharma Corporation (Canada), Yangtze River Pharmaceutical (Group) Co., Ltd. (China), DKSH (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan), YAS Holding LLC (Middle East and North Africa), Abdi Ibrahim (Turkey), Kamada Ltd. (Israel), Mega Labs, Stein, Libbs, Tuteur and Saval (Latin America) and Lotus Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd. (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and South Korea). Each commercial partnership covers a unique set of product(s) and territories. Except as specifically set forth therein, Alvotech disclaims responsibility for the content of periodic filings, disclosures and other reports made available by its partners. For more information, please visit www.alvotech.com. None of the information on the Alvotech website shall be deemed part of this press release.
About STADA Arzneimittel AG
STADA Arzneimittel AG is headquartered in Bad Vilbel, Germany. The company focuses on a three-pillar strategy consisting of generics, specialty pharma and consumer healthcare products. Worldwide, STADA sells its products in approximately 120 countries. In financial year 2021, STADA achieved group sales of EUR 3,249.5 million and reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of EUR 776.5 million. As of 31 December 2021, STADA employed 12,520 people worldwide.
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