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Sandoz Canada Inc. launches PrTOBRAMYCIN INHALATION SOLUTION, a generic version of PrTOBI indicated for pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis patients

BOUCHERVILLE, QC, March 31, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandoz Canada Inc. announced the launch of PrTOBRAMYCIN INHALATION SOLUTION, an authorized generic version of PrTOBI*, currently marketed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. PrTOBRAMYCIN INHALATION SOLUTION, a respiratory antibiotic, is indicated for the management of cystic fibrosis patients with chronic pulmonary Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) infections.

"We are proud to bring an authorized generic version of PrTOBI* to Canadian patients with cystic fibrosis and suffering from chronic pulmonary infections," said Michel Robidoux, President and General Manager of Sandoz Canada Inc. "This launch is in line with our commitment to offer high-quality, affordable medicines in order to facilitate patient access to healthcare."

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. According to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, more than 4,000 Canadian adults and children have the disease.

*PrTOBI is a registered trademark of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc.

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About Sandoz

Sandoz, a Novartis company, is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, driving sustainable access to high-quality healthcare. Sandoz supplies a broad range of affordable, primarily off-patent products to patients and customers around the globe. The Sandoz portfolio comprises approximately 1,100 molecules, which accounted for 2015 sales of USD 9.2 billion. Sandoz is headquartered in Holzkirchen, in Germany's Greater Munich area. The company holds leading global positions in biosimilars as well as in generic anti-infectives, ophthalmics and transplantation medicines.

CONTACT: For further information: Sandoz Canada Inc. Annick Lambert +1 450 641 4903 ext. 2964 annick.lambert@sandoz.com Sandoz Global Communications Chris Lewis +49 8024 476 1906 chris.lewis@sandoz.com

Source: Sandoz Canada