Holzkirchen, April 2, 2014 - Sandoz announces today that it is launching in Norway AirFluSal® Forspiro®, an innovative new inhaler for patients with asthma and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The product was first approved in Denmark on December 18th, 2013, with subsequent approvals in Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In February, Sandoz received its first marketing approval in Asia, with marketing authorization in South Korea.
In Norway, Sandoz is launching the 50/250µg and 50/500µg dosage forms for the continuous treatment of patients above 12 years of age with persistent asthma or for symptomatic treatment of COPD.
The innovative and intuitive to use design of the inhaler was awarded the Red Dot Product Design award in 2011, an internationally recognized quality seal awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The device features an innovative, patient-friendly design, including multiple feedback mechanisms:
Visual control features which help reassure the patient about dosing
Simple lever arm to load the dose
Clear and accurate dose counter
Sandoz, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis, is a global leader in the generic pharmaceutical sector. Sandoz employs over 26,500 employees and its products are sold in more than 160 countries, offering a broad range of high-quality, affordable products that are no longer protected by patents. With USD 9.2 billion in sales in 2013, Sandoz has a portfolio of approximately 1,100 molecules, and holds the #1 position globally in biosimilars as well as in generic injectables, ophthalmics, dermatology and antibiotics, complemented by leading positions in the cardiovascular, metabolism, central nervous system, pain, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and hormonal therapeutic areas. Sandoz develops, produces, and markets these medicines, as well as active pharmaceutical and biotechnological substances. Nearly half of Sandoz's portfolio is in differentiated products, which are defined as products that are more difficult to scientifically develop and manufacture than standard generics.
In addition to strong organic growth since consolidating its generics businesses under the Sandoz brand name in 2003, Sandoz has benefitted from strong growth of its acquisitions, which include Lek (Slovenia), Sabex (Canada), Hexal (Germany), Eon Labs (US), EBEWE Pharma (Austria), Oriel Therapeutics (US), and Fougera Pharmaceuticals (US).