Wockhardt says in talks with COVID-19 vaccine makers

Mumbai-based pharmaceuticals manufacturer Wockhardt officially confirmed that it is indeed in negotiations with multiple companies to explore the option of manufacturing their COVID-19 vaccines. The confirmation comes in the wake of recent media reports quoting government sources that the company had suggested to the government that it can divert some of its manufacturing capacities for […]

AstraZeneca annuls diabetes drug deal with Abbott Healthcare

AstraZeneca India, which entered into a licensing deal with Sun Pharma for a key diabetes drug, said that it had terminated a distribution agreement for the same drug with Abbott Healthcare. The drug, dapagliflozin, was being supplied to Abbott Healthcare by the Indian unit of the British-Swedish company under a distribution agreement, which has now […]

AstraZeneca rejigs diabetes drug deal with Sun Pharma

AstraZeneca Pharma India, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals giant, said it has decided to end its marketing agreement with Indian pharmaceutical giant Sun Pharma for two diabetes medications after the Indian company acquired a license to manufacture the same locally. In a separate statement, Sun Pharma said it has acquired the patent license […]

Zydus Cadila launches affordable breast cancer drug in India

Zydus Cadila, the pharmaceutical arm of the Zydus group, said it has launched a next-generation breast cancer drug in India at a fraction of its existing cost. The drug, Trastuzumab Emtansine, is considered the first targeted chemotherapy drug for breast cancer as it directs the cytotoxic activity at cancer cells by using a known biomarker. […]

Natco Pharma starts Ph III trial of new COVID drug molnupiravir

Less than a month after it approved for clinical trial approval, Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma said it has begun dosing patients in its phase III clinical trial for molnupiravir, a promising candidate for treating COVID-19 that is being studied across the world. Phase III trial data can be submitted to regulatory agencies for seeking approval of […]

Aarti Drugs caps strong year with Q4 growth

Aarti Drugs, one of the biggest manufacturers of ingredients for the pharmaceuticals industry in India, reported a strong performance for the fourth quarter and full year 2020-21. All three of the Mumbai-based company’s business divisions — APIs or pharmaceutical ingredients, formulations or medicines, and specialty chemicals — contributed to a strong peformance, resulting in an […]

COVID-19: Eli Lilly lets Torrent Pharma manufacture Bartinicib

A week after Natco Pharma sought a compulsory license from government of India to manufacture COVID treatment drug Baricitinib, the US firm holding the rights to the drug — Eli Lilly — seems to have agreed to let several companies to manufacture and sell the drug. Baricitinib is used for treating joint inflammation in rheumatoid […]

Natco Pharma seeks compulsory license for COVID-19 drug

Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma said it has decided to seek a compulsory license from the government of India to manufacture Baricitinib tablets to treat COVID-19 patients. Compulsory licensing is an internationally recognized patent provision under which the government of a country can give permission to a company to manufacture a patent-protected product for emergency use if […]

Kerala bypasses Cowin portal to prioritize second vaccine dose

Faced with a supply squeeze for COVID-19 vaccines, the Kerala government has virtually stopped taking new registration COVID-19 vaccinations on the Cowin website, and is reserving most of the stocks for providing the second dose to those who have already taken the first. The state has been forced to more or less abandon the central-government’s […]

Dr Reddy’s gets nod to start supplying Sputnik V

Pharmaceuticals manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd said it received permission from India’s drug regulator to import and supply the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in India. Like the other two vaccines approved in India, the nod for Sputnik V is also an ’emergency use authorization’, meaning that it cannot be sold to anyone and everyone, but […]

Gufic Lifesciences gets nod for injectables unit merger

Gufic Lifesciences Ltd, one of the oldest pharma companies in India, today said it has won the last pending regulatory approval for the amalgamation of its injectables unit with itself. It said it won approval from National Company Law Tribunal Mumbai for the merger last week. Since the transaction has a date of Jan 1, […]

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 […]

Metropolis Healthcare buys Hitech Diagnostic for Rs 511 cr

Mumbai-based diagnostic services provider Metropolis Healthcare today announced that it has agreed to buy Chennai-based Hitech Diagnostic Center for a cash consideration of Rs 511 cr. Hitech promoters will invest in Metropolis as part of the deal. Metropolis did not specify the price at which it would allot the 4.95 lakh shares that it will […]

Biocon, Lupin launch new drugs in USA

Bicon Ltd and Lupin Ltd, two India-based pharmaceutical manufacturers, launched two drugs in the US, separately. Bangalore-based Biocon launched an immunosuppressant, while Lupin launched a pain relief drug. Biocon’s drug is called Tacrolimus, and it is a calcineurin inhibitor. The company said the drug is used in organ transplant patients to reduce the body’s ability […]

Indoco Remedies wins big order from Germany for uric acid tablets

Pharmaceuticals manufacturer Indoco Remedies has won a major contract to supply Allopurinol, used to bring down uric acid in the blood, from Germany. The two-year contract will generate around Rs 70 cr per year for the company. “This is Indoco’s first own label product in Europe,” said Managing Director Aditi Kare Panandikar. “Germany is totally […]

Zydus’ cytokine inhibitor moves into clinical trial

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Zydus Cadila said it received permission to initiate clinical trials for ZYIL1, an oral small molecule NLRP3 inhibitor, as an anti-inflammatory agent. The molecule is being explored for treating a variety of inflammation-related conditions, including Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), auto-immune diseases, inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disorders, gastro-intestinal diseases (inflammatory bowel disease), […]