On 7 September 2022, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (Dr Reddy’s) announced the US launch of their generic lenalidomide capsules. And in July 2022, Lupin announced that its generic azilsartan medoxomil tablets had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Five pharmaceutical companies in China have signed up to the United Nation’s (UN) Medicine Patent Pool (MPP) which will allow them to produce generic versions of Pfizer's oral COVID-19 treatment, Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir), for distribution in 95 low- and middle-income countries, approximately 53 per cent of the world's population.
In South Korea, 19 pharmaceutical companies have obtained marketing approval for generic drugs of MSD’s Bridion (sugammadex). In addition, Korean pharma companies Celltrion, Dongbang and Hanmi Pharmaceutical, will be supplying generic COVID-19 drugs to middle- and low-income countries.
In late February 2022, a number of generics of Revlimid (lenalidomide) were launched in Europe. These will now rival Bristol Meyers Squibb’s blockbuster oncology medicine.
The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 28 January 2022 that three generic medicines had received a positive opinion from the committee.
On 2 February 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic of Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion).
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted tentative approvals to Zydus Cadila and Morepen Laboratories for treatments for schizophrenia and allergy symptoms, respectively.
US-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced a licensing agreement to allow other manufacturers to produce generic versions of its COVID-19 pill Paxlovid (PF-07321332*) in order to generate more affordable access to developing countries.
In China, the Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group submitted the first marketing application of a class 3 generic drug, eslicarbazepine acetate, for use to treat patients with epilepsy, on 15 October 2021.
Pfizer has announced that its COVID-19 oral antiviral candidate, Paxlovid, can significantly reduce hospitalization and death of COVID patients. At the same time, Merck is under pressure to get its COVID-19 antiviral, molnupiravir, to reach those in developing countries.