Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd announced that a molecule under development in its labs has cleared the first phase of human clinical trials. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals S.A, a subsidiary of Glenmark, conducted the trials in the UK and said that the drug has been well tolerated with a good pharmacokinetic profile. Pharmacokinetics refers to how the body behaves when a drug enters the blood stream.
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories can now launch the generic version of Allegra D-24, an extended release version of blockbuster drug Allegra. It won a key case in the US courts which will allow it to go ahead with a launch, with the possibility of a compensation being awarded by the court, but with the risk of an appeal, which could see the matter well drag on further.
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Sanofi Aventis is acquiring the 80% stake that Merieux Alliance held in Indian vaccine company Shantha Biotech. The Hyderabad-based 90mn euro (Rs 620 crore) turnover company makes vaccines and its flagship product, a hepatitis-B vaccine Shanvac-B brought it fame. The company says this is India’s first WHO-Geneva pre-qualified vaccine. It also makes other vaccines including those used in inoculation of infants.