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We are pleased to announce an agreement with Avara Pharmaceutical Services to acquire the Novartis sterile manufacturing facility in Boucherville (Quebec), which supplies injectable medicines to Sandoz in Canada and the United States. Avara will also acquire the Sandoz Development Center located on the same site. (See the Avara press release here ).
We believe that this asset purchase is the best option to support the continuity of jobs and the long-term sustainability of the facilities against the background of rapid changes in the global healthcare industry. One of the top priorities for both parties in structuring this agreement is to ensure that there is minimal impact on the facilities’ employees. Sandoz Canada* remains the owner of the marketing authorizations for its products manufactured by Avara in Boucherville and will continue to support hospitals and community pharmacies with strong customer service and sales force representation. The transaction is expected to be finalized in the second half of 2018, following the completion of a number of closing conditions, including receipt of anti-trust approvals.
“We truly believe that this transaction with Avara is a win-win situation for all stakeholders, maintaining local jobs and expertise while continuing the supply of lifesaving injectable products to patients and customers,” says Michel Robidoux, President and General Manager of Sandoz Canada.
“Avara was selected following a very thorough search process to identify the best fit for us. With Avara as our contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), we will continue to focus on helping patients in Canada to get access to the same high quality and affordable medicines. There will be no change in terms of supply, quality and service for our customers as both parties will sign a long-term supply agreement. With this development, a new chapter is beginning for both our companies, one that promises to bring benefits for employees, patients and Canada’s healthcare system.”
*Sandoz Canada is part of the Sandoz division, a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars and a subsidiary of Swiss multinational Novartis AG.
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