COVID-19: Dr Reddy’s signs deal to make and sell favipiravir globally

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, one of India’s biggest pharmaceuticals manufacturers, said it has signed a licensing agreement with Japan-based FUJIFILM to manufacture anti-viral drug favipiravir. Favipiravir is traditionally used to treat infuenza, and is also being tested in COVID-19 patients. Dr Reddy’s said the tie-up is part of the Japanese company’s efforts to ramp up the […]

Glenmark reports progress in its eczema drug investigation

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Mumbai, reported progress in a proof-of-concept study of GBR 830, being studied as a treatment for atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema. The company said it was able to notice a decline in atopic dermatitis score during the study involving 62 patients, which also showed that the drug […]

Biocon, Mylan get approval for glargine insulin in Europe, Australia

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Biocon and its partner Mylan received marketing approval for their glargine insulin product Semglee in European Union and Australia, marking the first biosimilar approval for the partnership in Europe. Biosimilars are drugs that mimic or imitate the actions of natural proteins or enzymes in the body, such as insulin. Glargine insulin, which is […]

Lupin launches generic version of Bayer’s birth control pill Safyral

Pharma major Lupin said it launched a generic version of Bayer’s birth control drug Safyral tablets in the US. The company had received FDA approval for the launch in December. The tablets has annual sales of approximately USD 22 million in the US. Lupin’s product will be called Tydemy. The combination is indicated for use […]

Glenmark reveals encouraging data from hay fever study

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals reported encouraging clinical trial data from the study of its drug Ryaltris for hay fever or seasonal allergic rhinits. “Results of these robust studies demonstrates that consistent, significant relief from symptoms may be rapidly achieved and sustained with Ryaltris,” said Frank Hampel, Principal Investigator, Central Texas Health Research. “These findings, combined with prior […]

Strides Shasun launches OTC version of ulcer drug Ranitidine in the US

Pharma major Strides Shasun said it has decided to launch the ‘over the counter’ version of ulcer drug Ranitidine in 150 mg dosage in the US markets immediately. Strides Shasun is already a key player in the US Ranitidine market with 32% market share through its prescription version in 150 mg and 300 mg doses. […]

Suven gets patents in India, South Korea

Drug maker Suven Life Sciences Ltd said it secured more patents in India and South Korea for its drugs designed for treating neurodegenerative diseases. The India product patent is valid through 2029, while the Korean one is good for up to 2033, the company that focuses on neurological diseases said. “The granted claims of the […]

Glenmark Pharma finds encouraging results from skin drug trial

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals reported encouraging results from its Phase 2 clinical trial for GBR 830, a drug that it is testing as a potential treatment for a skin disease known as atopic dermatitis. “A clinical improvement in Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) scores was observed in 17 out of 23 patients treated with GBR 830,” […]

Dr Reddy’s launches generic chemotherapy drug in the US

Pharma manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories said it launched a generic version of chemotherapy drug drug Alkeran. The drug is used for palliative — or relief-oriented — treatment of multiple myeloma and epithelial carcinoma of the ovary. The Alkeran brand and generic had U.S. sales of approximately $107 million MAT for the most recent twelve months […]

Suven gets neuro drug patents in India, Canada

Suven Life Sciences Ltd said it has been granted one patent each in Canada and India for drugs for treating Neurodegenerative diseases. The Canadian patent 2932428 is valid through 2034 and the Indian patent 289123 is valid through 2028. The chemical entities are considered useful in the treatment of cognitive impairment associated with neurodegenerative disorders […]

Glenmark reports successful trial for nasal spray, to file NDA soon

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a global pharmaceutical company, today announced that its nasal spray Ryaltris met safety and efficacy goals in a Phase 3 clinical study in treating perennial allergic rhinitis. With the positive results, the company said it plans to submit an application to the USFDA for treating seasonal allergic rhinitis in the first quarter of […]

Crucial win for Biocon as FDA approves cancer biosimilar trastuzumab

Biocon and its partner Mylan scored a key victory on Friday as the US Food & Drug Administration approved its cancer-treating biosimilar trastuzumab. “Mylan anticipates potentially being the first company to offer a biosimilar to Herceptin, as a result of Mylan’s ability to secure global licenses for its trastuzumab product from Genentech and Roche earlier […]

USFDA returns Mylan-Biocon’s drug application for more data

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sought more data before approving a chemotherapy compound submitted by Mylan and jointly developed by Biocon. The agency issued a ‘complete response letter’. Such letters are issued when an FDA review an FDA review finds that an application for a new drug cannot be approved ‘in its present […]

Lupin launches generic antidepressant in the US

India’s second biggest pharmaceutical company Lupin said it has launched the generic version of Valeant’s Wellbutrin antidepressant tablet Wellbutrin XL in the US. Wellbutrin XL tablet has yearly US sales of USD 758 million or about Rs 5,000 cr. It is used for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and prevention of seasonal affective […]

Suven Life Sciences gets US, Australia patent for CNS molecule

Suven Life Sciences Ltd said it got a patent from Australia and another from the US for a new molecule used for treating disorders associated with Neurodegenerative diseases. The ‘new chemical entity’ patent no 2014358652 from Australia is valid through 2032, while that from the US will last till 2034, the company said. The chemical […]

Smuggling down on Indo-Bangladesh border, up on Bhutanese side

Incidents related to smuggling of fertilizer and narcotics on the Indo-Bangladesh border fell sharply in 2016, but there was a compensatory increase in drug smuggling cases along India’s border with Bhutan and Nepal, according to data from the Union Home Ministry. Fertilizers — which cost less in India because of government subsidies — are smuggled out, […]