Biocon launches cancer medicine in the US

Biopharmaceuticals manufacturer Biocon Ltd launched cancer medication Everolimus tablets in the US. The formulation, a generic version of Afinitor from Novartis, is a prescription medication that is used to treat certain types of cancers and tumours. The tablet has annual sales of around $675 mln in the US, which makes it among the larger drugs […]

Biocon Malaysia insulin aspart plant hit with 6 observations by US FDA

Six months after getting a VAI status from the US Food & Drug Administration for its insulin glargine manufacturing facility in Malaysia, Biocon — India’s largest biopharmaceuticals company — said the US FDA issued six observations after pre-approval inspections at its insulin aspart plant in that country. Insulin glargine is a long-acting insulin-substitute, while insulin […]

Zydus Cadila gets US-FDA nod for antidepressant drug

Zydus Cadila said it received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration to sell new generation anti-depressant Vortioxetine in the US market. The drug was first approved around seven years ago, and was developed by Denmark-based pharmaceuticals maker Lundbeck in the late 2000s. Around 2007, Japanese pharmaceuticals maker Takeda agreed to pay an upfront […]

Zydus Cadila gets 6-month exclusivity in US for arthritis drug

Zydus Cadila said it received six-month exclusivity for the sale of generic tofacitinib, a drug that has annual sales of over $2 billion in the US. The exclusivity was provided by the US FDA, since Cadila Healthcare was the first to file an abbreviated new drug application or ANDA for the drug. An ANDA is […]

Alkem’s Taloja test facility passes US FDA inspection

Pharmaceuticals manufacturer Alkem Laboratories said its bioequivalence center at Taloja in Maharashtra has successfully undergone a US FDA inspection without attracting any adverse remarks. “US FDA had conducted a remote and virtual Bio-Analytical inspection of the Company’s Bioequivalence Center located at Taloja, Maharashtra from 26th July, 2021 to 28th July, 2021. At the end of […]

Glenmark, Cipla get US nod for inhaler drug

Indian pharmaceutical manufacturers Cipla and Glenmark Pharma said they received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to launch a generic version of Sunovion Pharma’s inhaler therapy Brovana. The drug has substantial sales in the US of around $438 million in the 15 mcg dose and is approved for long-term, twice daily usage for […]

Lupin gets US FDA warning letter for Somerset plant

Lupin Ltd, one of the world’s largest generic drug makers, today said it received a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration relating to its US-based manufacturing plant located in Somerset, New Jersey. “We wish to inform you that the Company has received a warning letter from the US FDA for the company’s […]

Alembic JV’s new drug is first US FDA-approved NCE designed by Indians

Alembic Pharmaceuticals said a new chemical developed by one of its joint ventures has become the first new chemical entity designed by Indian scientists to win approval from the US Food & Drug Administration. Umbralisib, created by its 50% JV Rhizen Pharma, is an anti-cancer drug that works by inhibiting phosphoinositide 3 kinase (PI3K) delta […]

Biocon gets Form 483 observations for API plant

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a Form 483 with five observations for Biocon’s API Manufacturing facility. Form 483 observations are issued when US FDA inspectors notice shortcomings in a company’s manufacturing processes, data storage and so on during an inspection. The company has to address the issues raised in the Form 483 […]

Alembic gets two observations for Karkhadi plant

Alembic Pharmaceuticals, one of India’s biggest drug makers, received two observations from US FDA officials who inspected its plant at Karkhadi in Gujarat. Observations, given in Form 483, indicate that the inspectors were not fully satisfied with what they found during the visit. In a Form 483, the FDA typically outlines conditions or practices at […]

Natco Pharma seeks nod for generic copy of Taiho’s cancer drug Lonsurf

India-based Natco Pharma has filed an application with the US Food and Drug Administration seeking permission to market a generic copy of Lonsurf, a drug approved just four years ago to treat colorectal/gastric cancers. The application has been filed with a ‘Paragraph IV’ declaration. Such a declaration essentially states that the filer, Natco, believes that […]

Cadila Healthcare gets US FDA warning letter for Moraiya facility

Cadila Healthcare, one of India’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, said it has received a ‘warning letter’ from the US Food and Drug Administration relating to its Moraiya formulations facility in Gujarat. The Moraiya facility is the company’s largest plant that makes tablets and injectables and is estimated to contribute about 40-50% of its U.S. exports. Shares […]

Cadila Healthcare Moraiya plant could face FDA action

Cadila Healthcare today said that the US FDA has classified its Moraiya factory near Ahmedabad as ‘official action indicated’ or OAI. OAI is one of the three types of classification that a plant inspection report is put under after an FDA inspection. The three classifications are ‘no action indicated’, ‘voluntary action indicated’ and ‘official action […]

Lupin’s Aurangabad plant passes USFDA inspection

Pharma manufacturer Lupin said its Aurangabad factory has successfully obtained an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from the US FDA for its May inspection. The receipt of an EIR signifies the successful closing of the inspection as far as the company is concerned. Lupin’s Aurangabad facility is involved in the manufacture of Oral Solid Dosage, Oral […]

Caplin Point Labs Chennai plant passes USFDA checks

Caplin Point Laboratories said it has received an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from the US FDA for a recently concluded inspection at the manufacturing plan run by its unit Caplin Steriles Limited. “This was the third successful US FDA audit at the plant since 2016,” the company said, referring to the June inspection. An EIR […]

Glenmark gets tentative US approval for Mylan’s acne cream

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said it received tentative approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration for a generic version of Mylan Pharma’s acne cream Evoclin. According to IQVIATM sales data, the EVOCLIN Foam 1% has sales of $17.0 million per year in the US. EVOCLIN Foam is indicated for topical application in the treatment of […]

Caplin Point Labs gets 2 observations from US FDA for Chennai plant

Pharmaceuticals maker Caplin Point Laboratories said the US FDA has completed inspection of its Sterile Injectable manufacturing facility at Gummidipoondi in Chennai and issued two observations. The good manufacturing process inspection was done between June 6th and 14th. “The Company believes these to be of procedural in nature and the corrective and preventive actions for […]

Natco Pharma’s Kothur facility receives 9 observations from USFDA

Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Natco Pharmaceuticals said United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) issued nine observations after an inspection at Natco’s formulation facility in Kothur, Hyderabad. Natco said it believes that most of the observations were ‘procedural’ in nature and not pertaining to data integrity. Natco said that it will address the USFDA observation within […]

Alembic Pharmaceuticals gets USFDA nod for Parkinson’s drug

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd said it received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for the sales of a therapeutic equivalent of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp’s Sinemet Carbidopa/Levodopa sustained release tablets in the US market. Carbidopa and Levodopa Extended-Release tablets are used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s-like […]