Patent Blocks Zydus After Landmark US Approval For Dapagliflozin
AstraZeneca’s Farxiga Brand Set To Stand Until October 2025
With more than a dozen ANDA sponsors chasing AstraZeneca’s Farxiga SGLT2 inhibitor, Zydus Cadila has scooped the first FDA approval for a generic version of the game-changing type 2 diabetes drug. However, a key US patent stands in its way.
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The SGLT2 inhibitor has won European approval for the treatment of chronic kidney disease and while rival AstraZeneca’s Farxiga has had a two-year head start in the space, Boehringer and Lilly could come out on top given Jardiance’s stronger sales records to date.
The German firm is anticipating a major label expansion in kidney disease for its SGL2 inhibitor later this year, prompting Boehringer to gear up commercial activities as AstraZeneca’s rival Farxiga faces the threat of generic competition.
Viatris has weighed in on the FTC’s continued investigations into US healthcare middlemen, arguing that it can be a good thing for an industry battling shortages, even as the firm continues to rationalize products that do not make sense economically.