Thursday, October 21, 2021

Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma wants to make Eli Lilly’s Covid drug


Branded Olumiant, it’s used for treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but Eli Lilly repurposed it for Covid-19 infections and gained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 19 under Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) provisions.

Synopsis

Natco has sought nod for the manufacture and marketing of baricitinib bulk drug and tablets in 1 to 4 mg versions in India. This move may trigger legal battle over IP rights.

Mumbai: Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma is examining the possibility of filing a compulsory licensing application for a generic version of Eli Lilly’s Covid-19 drug baricitinib, potentially triggering a legal battle over intellectual property rights. If the licence is awarded, Natco will be free to make the drug in India.Branded Olumiant, it’s used for treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but Eli Lilly repurposed it for Covid-19 infections

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