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Vivimed acquires Actavis drug facility for Rs 122 crore, gets US generic entry

Vivimed Labs is acquiring a drug-making facility in India, that comes with regulatory approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA), giving it acess to the US market. It will get two products as part of the deal and some outsourcing contracts that will give it access to quicker revenue streams. In the longer run, it plans to file to sell new drugs from this facility.


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Lupin to sell generic Glumetza in US market, with 6-month sole seller status

Lupin’s U.S. subsidiary, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., has got approval to sell the generic form of an anti-diabetes drug (for type II diabetes) in the U.S. market. Currently, specialty biopharmaceutical company Santarus Inc. holds the right to market the patented drug Glumetza HCL ER in the U.S. market, the generic form of which (Metformin Hydrochloride extended release tablet) Lupin will market in dosages of 500 mg and 1000 mg. Continue Reading →

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Aurobindo gets US FDA approval for generic ampicillin

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Aurobindo Pharma Ltd’s application to market generic ampicillin sodium in the US market. The regulator has approved the pharmaceutical company’s application to market the drug in injection form, in six dosage strengths of 10g, 1g, 2g, 125mg, 250mg and 500mg.

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Ranbaxy to sell generic Norvasc in Canada

Ranbaxy Laboratories will start selling the generic version of Norvasc, a drug sold by Pfizer Inc and is used to treat hypertension and angina (a heart condition). The drug’s generic name is amlodipine besylate. Ranbaxy said that the Canadian market for amlodopine besylate is CAD $456mn or Rs 2014 crore (1CAD=Rs 44.2). Ranbaxy’s launch is thanks to the European pharmaceutical company, ratiopharm of Germany.

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