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The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak poses a “limited immediate risk” to European production and supplies of off-patent drugs, according to industry association Medicines for Europe. However, if the situation continues for an extended period an “important impact” cannot be ruled out.
Meithal Pharmaceuticals has revealed future plans to expand its manufacturing capabilities as the US FDA approved a new vial manufacturing line that will double the firm’s capacity to supply the US market.
Biocon Pharma’s solid-dosage plant has received FDA inspection approval but its parent company was not so lucky, with one of its sites getting hit with five observations. Indoco, Strides, and Lupin were also in the regulatory spotlight while MedPharm has moved into a new, expanded facility and Coripharma has signed a packaging deal with Stada.
Torrent has tempered US growth expectations while it plans to put its Dahej, Indrad and Levittown plants up for FDA inspection in 2020. Meanwhile, products launched in India, including remoglifozin in-licensed from Glenmark, have shown an encouraging uptake.
With its predominantly solid-dose portfolio in the US producing strong growth, India’s Alembic Pharmaceuticals is increasingly securing FDA clearance to push into differentiated dosage forms.
Celltrion has unveiled plans to construct a biologics plant in Wuhan, China, as well as setting up a direct sales network in the country, as part of its wider global strategy that also involves launching a new biosimilar every year to 2030.
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