Cipla Rides High Amid US Market Shakeout
Cipla reports highest ever quarterly revenues in the US, a market that’s seeing lower “price compression” amid sell-offs, bankruptcies and a rebalancing of the supply chain. The firm’s portfolio has a “lot of steam” left to be unlocked and it’s also keeping an eye on the impact of the tornado-hit Pfizer site on supplies.
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If COVID-19 product sales don’t meet assumptions this fall, the company said it will consider a cost reduction program to better align costs with future revenue projections.