Dr Reddy’s Gears For Sputnik Light In India, Jab For Adolescents
No Immediate Action Envisaged In US Subpoena; Also Pilots Digital Offering
Dr Reddy’s is to press ahead with India filing plans for single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik Light and also expects to “build on” the Russian partner’s trial in adolescents of the two-dose Sputnik V. The company also pilots a partnered first-of-its-kind cashless digital health offering.
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Dr Reddy’s indicates it is close to break-even between “the investment made and what we gained” for Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India, with Sputnik Light, boosters and pediatric shots seen as the new growth drivers. The company’s fully vertically integrated operations also puts it in prime position for supplies of antiviral molnupiravir.
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Strides will consider making RDIF’s Sputnik Light vaccine after filling orders for Sputnik V, which it expects to launch in October. The COVID-19 portfolio is being expanded and the Indian company is set to make a Para IV filing for a diabetes product in December, CEO R Ananthanarayanan tells Scrip.