'Endemic' Coronavirus: Cipla Defines Sustainability Of Gains
Albuterol Generic Builds Big Rx Share In US Proventil Market
The potentially endemic nature of the coronavirus could buoy gains for Cipla’s COVID-19 portfolio, which now includes an antibody detection kit. The Indian firm’s albuterol generic has also chipped away at market share in the US.
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Cipla sees an incremental revenue opportunity of up to $500m for its US franchise by fiscal 2025 and expects to propel growth with strong execution of its complex generics pipeline. The company is also beginning to “lay the blueprint” in China and Brazil, it said at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.
After seeing a spike in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic in Q1, with a corresponding dip in Q2, the generics industry has largely seen single-digit drops in net revenues in the third quarter of 2020. Meanwhile, the Indian pharma market has seen recovery after facing a challenging coronavirus-induced slump in the first two quarters of 2020.
Having gained from Perrigo’s US withdrawal of generic ProAir (albuterol sulphate), Lupin plans to ramp up capacity by its financial fourth quarter as demand is seen rising on account of flu and COVID-19 cases in the US. Meanwhile, FDA observations at its Somerset facility provide a dampener.