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Teva launches first Truvada and Atripla generics and two digital inhalers

On 2 October 2020, Teva Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of the first US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved generic versions of Truvada (emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) and Atripla (efavirenz 600 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg/tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg) tablets for the treatment of HIV-1.

EMA recommends approval of Lenalidomide Mylan

The European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 15 October 2020 that it recommends granting marketing authorization for the generic medicine Lenalidomide Mylan (lenalidomide).

COVID-19 vaccine progress and FDA approvals for Zydus Cadila

India-based generics company, Zydus Cadila, has had many advancements with product development and approval between August and October 2020. In August, the company announced that its plasmid DNA vaccine to prevent COVID-19 (ZyCoV-D) was found to be safe and well tolerated in the phase I clinical trial. Following this, phase II trials of the vaccine started on 6 August 2020. In October, Zydus Cadila had a number of products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and was launching a forglyn pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) to treat patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in India.

FDA approves Glenmark and Cipla generics

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and Cipla Limited have announced that they have received US food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to market their generic drug products in the US. Both companies have received approval to market dimethyl fumarate delayed-release (DR) capsules and Glenmark also received approval to market Sirolimus tablets. 

Sun Pharma launches Ilumya in Japan and favipiravir in India

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Inc (Sun Pharma) announced that their innovative biopharmaceutical product, Ilumya (tildrakizumab), will be launched in Japan. As a producer of generics, rather than biologicals, this is an important milestone for the company. This launch joins Sun Pharma’s August 2020 launch of favipiravir for treatment of COVID-19 patients at a very economic price in India. 

EMA recommends approval for arsenic trioxide and fampridine generics

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 23 July 2020 that it had recommended granting marketing authorization for two generic medicines: arsenic trioxide medac (arsenic trioxide) and Fampridine Accord (fampridine).

Mylan launches first generic of Tecfidera in the US

On 19 August 2020, Mylan announced the launch of the first US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved generic of Biogen's multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate).

Lupin’s generic diabetes drug approved and asthma drug launched in US

In August 2020, India-based generics maker Lupin announced that it has received approval from the US health regulator to market a generic diabetes drug in America. Following previous US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, it has also now launched generic tablets for the treatment of asthma in the US market.

Two additions to the South Korean generics market

In South Korea, a generic drug for the treatment of breast cancer and generic versions of Pfizer’s popular smoking cessation drug, Champix, are soon to become available. These additions to the South Korean market are likely to help it reach the US$20 billion that it is expected to reach in 2020 [1]. This recent leap in its pharmaceutical market size has been spurred on by significant government investments in generics and the fact that many originator drugs lose their patents in 2020, opening the market to generics.

Indian generics makers begin to dispatch remdesivir

Generic drugmakers Hetero and Cipla are among the first Indian manufacturers to dispatch a generic version of the investigational COVID-19 treatment remdesivir, which was originally developed by Gilead Sciences.

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