Sandoz launches a new, ready-to-use formulation of argatroban injection (in Sodium Chloride)

Sandoz launches a new, ready-to-use formulation of argatroban injection (in Sodium Chloride)
Princeton, New Jersey, May 10, 2011
Sandoz today announced the US launch of argatroban injection (in sodium chloride), the first ready-to-use alternative to Pfizer's concentrate formulation, following the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the Sandoz New Drug Application.

Argatroban is indicated as an anticoagulant for the prophylaxis or treatment of thrombosis in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Argatroban injection is also indicated as an anticoagulant in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with, or who are at risk for, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

"Sandoz is pleased to be first to market with this ready-to-use formulation of argatroban injection," said Don DeGolyer, President of Sandoz Inc. "The launch of argatroban further expands and strengthens our injectables product line and differentiated products portfolio in the US."

According to IMS Health, US sales for Pfizer's Argatroban Injection were approximately USD 146 million for the 12 months ending in February 2011. Sandoz is marketing argatroban injection (in sodium chloride) in packages of two 125mg/125mL single-use vials.


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Sandoz, a Division of the Novartis group, is a global leader in the field of generic pharmaceuticals, offering a wide array of high-quality, affordable products that are no longer protected by valid and enforceable third-party patents. Sandoz has a portfolio of approximately 1000 compounds and sells its products in about 130 countries. Key product groups include cardiovascular medicines, anti-infectives, treatments for central nervous system and alimentary tract disorders, oncology and respiratory therapies, as well as medications for blood and blood forming organ disorders. Sandoz develops, produces and markets these medicines along with pharmaceutical and biotechnological active substances. In addition to strong organic growth in recent years, Sandoz has made a series of acquisitions including Lek (Slovenia), Sabex (Canada), Hexal (Germany), Eon Labs (US), EBEWE Pharma (Austria), and Oriel Therapeutics (US). In 2010, Sandoz employed more than 23,000 people (full-time equivalents) worldwide and achieved net sales of USD 8.5 billion for the full year.

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