Aspen Faces Vaccine Setback In South Africa As Strides Explores Oral COVID Treatment
Dr Reddy’s, Lupin, Cipla And Sun Pharma Partner With Eli Lilly For Baricitinib In India
After a production setback, Aspen and Johnson & Johnson announce a donation of 300,000 vaccines to South African teachers. Strides partners with Ennaid for an oral COVID drug, while Dr Reddy’s, Lupin, Cipla and Sun Pharma Partner with Eli Lilly for baricitinib in India and Formycon receives approval for early action for its COVID-19 drug.
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Alvogen and sister company Alvotech have donated to UNICEF to support vaccine supply to over 90 low-and-middle-income countries, while Hikma has also made a multi-million-dollar donation. India’s Dr Reddy’s is moving ahead with the Sputnik V vaccine, while AstraZeneca is partnering with Insud Pharma on its vaccine in Spain. Meanwhile, the UK government has extended its vaccination contract with Wockhardt.
Pfizer reported double-digit growth in its biosimilars and sterile injectables segments, as the company indicated that it would take a more “opportunistic” approach to its biosimilars business in future. The company has also revised its overall 2021 financial guidance as it expects better numbers on the back of its COVID-19 vaccine business.
BioXpress Therapeutics and Abzena, two service providers with expertise in biosimilar development, have partnered to support biosimilar development for third party customers. The companies plan to offer a “flexible and innovative approach from small scale biosimilar development through to large scale manufacturing.”