Torrent Expects India Ruling On AZ's Farxiga In Q3
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With the India business on the road to recovery and the US growth outlook muted, Torrent hopes to keep the boat steady in fiscal 2021. It also expects an order in Q3 in a patent infringement case pertaining to AstraZeneca’s Farxiga, where it and multiple Indian firms are seeking to launch generic versions.
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A lack of new launches and price erosion caused a sharp dip in Torrent’s Q3 US revenues, but the company plans to ramp up its presence in Brazil and Germany to build momentum. Meanwhile, the field force in India has been downsized with an aim to defocus on older brands.
More patent-related turbulence appears ahead for Novartis’s sacubitril/valsartan combination in India, with Torrent emerging as the new challenger. The companies are engaged in a legal battle and the Indian firm is also seeking a revocation of the patent on the star heart failure treatment.
Novartis and Takeda’s R&D efforts saw an impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, but both Lutz Hegemann and Andrew Plump believe that when the next pandemic hits, the industry and regulators will be better prepared for it.