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Lilly’s anticancer abemaciclib and rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib, which has received a US EUA for COVID-19, have become targets of challenger Natco in India. The US giant says it's working closely with India’s health ministry to ensure access to patients who need its innovative therapies, amid indications Natco may be weighing plans to seek a voluntary license for baricitinib.
More patent-related turbulence appears ahead for Novartis’s sacubitril/valsartan combination in India, with Torrent emerging as the new challenger. The companies are engaged in a legal battle and the Indian firm is also seeking a revocation of the patent on the star heart failure treatment.
More manufacturers are contributing their analytical data to an excipient database to pool knowledge on the risk posed by excipients that may cause drugs to exceed acceptable PDE levels under ICH Q3D.
With the India business on the road to recovery and the US growth outlook muted, Torrent hopes to keep the boat steady in fiscal 2021. It also expects an order in Q3 in a patent infringement case pertaining to AstraZeneca’s Farxiga, where it and multiple Indian firms are seeking to launch generic versions.
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