Sandoz launches authorized generic drug for myelodysplastic syndrome

Drug maker markets authorized generic Vidaza

PRINCETON, N.J. — Sandoz has launched an authorized generic drug for treating a disease commonly known as pre-leukemia, the company said on Monday.

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, announced the launch of azacitidine injection, an authorized generic version of Celgene's Vidaza, in 100-mg, single-use vials. The drug is used to treat myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone marrow disease. Authorized generics are branded drugs marketed at a discounted price under their generic names, usually through a third-party company under contract with the branded drug's manufacturer.

Vidaza had sales of $373 million during the 12-month period that ended in May, according to IMS Health.

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