Dr Reddy’s Pressing On In Russia, China Approvals Add Spark
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Momentum for Dr Reddy’s in China as a string of approvals including for lenalidomide come through, while it appears to be on an even keel in Russia, a market where several foreign firms have cutback activities in the wake of the Ukraine conflict. Will the Indian firm’s Russia strategy payback?
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Quarterly ups and down notwithstanding, Dr Reddy’s signals continuing US launch momentum, with its generic Revlimid, for which the Indian firm claims exclusivity for two strengths, set to hit the market next month. “Low competition” assets, especially injectables, also continue to be on the deal-making radar in the US.
Following a year marked by aggressive pricing pressures weighing down on revenues and margins – pressures that “intensified beyond historical norms and our recent expectations,” as one company put it – the first quarter of 2022 provided some green shoots of optimism, albeit for companies that have been able to shift resources to more complex assets.
Hot on the heels of the first US generic Nexavar launch by Viatris, Dr Reddy’s has followed with a second sorafenib rival. The product represents the latest in a string of significant US launches for the Indian company.