George Steuart Health recently launched the world’s first biosimilar known as Remsima (Infliximab), approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency.

The launch was held at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo recently and was attended by key opinion leaders representing vital segments of the medical industry including Rheumatology, Gastroenterology and Dermatology.

George Steuart Health, which prides itself on delivering innovative healthcare solutions, tied up with Celltrion Healthcare in Korea to introduce the product to the Sri Lankan Market. Celltrion Healthcare is a center for excellence for innovative biologics with the largest mAb (monoclonal antibodies) production facility in Asia and an extensive global network spanning across 120 countries.

Commenting on the significance of the launch, Eran Ranasinghe - Executive Director of George Steuart Health said, “We have successfully established a new era in the medical field of Sri Lanka. It is a significant milestone in the history of George Steuart Health, which stands committed to delivering only the best healthcare solutions at the most affordable prices.” Partnering with over 40 acclaimed manufacturing entities worldwide, the company now represents more than 400 quality products that cater to the wellbeing of Sri Lankans.

Guest Speaker at the event, Dr. Nam Lee, Head of the Medical Liaison Team at Celltrion spoke on the Clinical Evidence of Biosimilars, highlighting the differences between Biosmilars and other biologicals. She proceeded to explain the equivalence study comparing Remsima and the reference medical product in patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr. Rishi Goel, consultant in Gastroenterology at the Kingston Hospital (London) shared his experience of real world cases on switching to Remsima from the RMP. Senior Consultant and Head of Research, Department of Gastroenterology, Akershus University Hospital (Norway) Prof. Jorgen Jahnsen also shared his experience on the successful use of Remsima on patients with IBD, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

George Steuart Health is one of Sri Lanka’s premier healthcare and wellness solution providers and is a member of the George Steuart Group; Sri Lanka’s oldest mercantile establishment and a leading diversified conglomerate.