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Sandoz launches the first generic version of Hectorol®

Princeton, New Jersey, February 5, 2014 
Sandoz today announced the US launch of doxercalciferol injection vials, the first generic version of Genzyme's Hectorol®.

Doxercalciferol injection vials are indicated for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.1

"Sandoz is pleased to be the first company to market a high quality, affordable generic version of this important product to dialysis patients in the US," said Peter Goldschmidt, President of Sandoz Inc.

Sandoz is marketing doxercalciferol injection in 4 mcg/2mL single-dose vials.


The foregoing release contains forward-looking statements that can be identified by terminology such as "launch," "launches," or similar expressions, or by express or implied discussions regarding potential future revenues from doxercalciferol injection vials. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. Such forward-looking statements reflect the current views of the Company regarding future events, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. There can be no guarantee that doxercalciferol injection vials will achieve any particular levels of revenue in the future. In particular, management's expectations could be affected by, among other things, unexpected regulatory actions or delays or government regulation generally, including potential FDA approval of additional generic versions of doxercalciferol injection vials; unexpected product manufacturing difficulties; competition in general; government, industry and general public pricing pressures; the impact that the foregoing factors could have on the values attributed to the Novartis Group's assets and liabilities as recorded in the Group's consolidated balance sheet, and other risks and factors referred to in Novartis AG's current Form 20-F on file with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Novartis is providing the information in this press release as of this date and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Sandoz
Sandoz, the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis, is a global leader in the generic pharmaceutical sector. Sandoz employs over 26,500 employees across 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).

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For further information
Sandoz US Communications:
Chris Lewis
+1 609 627 5287

Sandoz Global Communications
Neil Moorhouse
+49 8024 476 2597


Hectorol® is a registered trademark of Genzyme Corporation.

1For full safety information, please see the doxercalciferol injection vials prescribing information, available in the Product Catalog at