17 October 2020

CANADA – Health Canada Approves Juno’s Enoxaparin Biosimilar

On October 14, 2020, Juno Pharmaceuticals Corp. (JPC) received a Notice of Compliance from Health Canada for Noromby and Noromby HP, biosimilar drugs referencing Lovenox® and Lovenox HP®. The approval is a significant milestone not only in JPC’s corporate development, marking the rapidly growing pharmaceutical company’s first entry into the local biosimilars market, but is of broader significance for Canadian healthcare as the first enoxaparin sodium biosimilar to be approved in Canada.

The anticoagulant/antithrombotic agent has been approved for both intravenous administration and subcutaneous injection, and in multiple strengths, including 20 mg/0.2mL, 30 mg/0.3mL, 40 mg/0.4mL, 60 mg/0.6mL, 80 mg/0.8mL, 100 mg/mL, 120 mg/0.8mL and 150 mg/mL.

Enoxaparin sodium is commonly used in the treatment/prevention of both pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis and has also previously been used to treat patients suffering from acute coronary syndrome.