Strides Hits Pause On Stelis Injectables Investments
Makes A Strong Showing In Q1
Strides has paused further investments in the sterile injectables business under Stelis, citing pandemic-related uncertainty and loss of revenue from ranitidine withdrawal in the US. A prior investment commitment of $40m in Stelis will, however, be fulfilled. Meanwhile, Strides reported a strong first quarter led by non-US markets.
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