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As Biosimilars Show Mixed Performances, Lantus Follow-On Is on a Roll

July 13, 2018
By Reiji Anasako Despite a heated development race underway for biosimilar versions of big-name biologics, follow-on products are not making as smooth a headway as generic counterparts. While biosimilars of eight APIs currently available in Japan have yielded mixed performances,…

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