Dr Reddy’s launches antibiotic drug in US

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Indian drug maker Dr Reddy’s has launched a generic and low priced version of the brand Avelox which is under marketing license with Merck. For the US market, the brand has total sales of $195 million at the end of one year in December 2013, estimates IMS Health.

The tablets which have Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride as active ingredient would come in 400 mg form. “Presenty, the competition for the drug is low, with only two other generic players, that is Teva and Aurobindo Pharma with approvals. We expect Dr Reddy’s to post sales of $20 million and net profit $5 million for this drug,” said Sarabjit Kour Nangra, senior vice-president (research, pharma) — Angel Broking.

The anti-infective (bacterial infections) drug contains moxifloxacin which is associated with an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture in all ages. This risk is aggravated in patients above 60 years of age and taking corticosteroid drugs, and in patients with kidney, heart or lung transplants. While Bayer Healthcare manufactures the branded drug, Merck distributes it.




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