As Natco Ups The Ante Lilly Readies Voluntary Licensing For Olumiant
Eli Lilly responds with baricitinib donation plan and efforts to sew up royalty free voluntary licenses with local Indian firms as challenger Natco seeks a compulsory license for its version of the JAK inhibitor, which it is ready to launch.
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Natco seeks emergency approval in India for investigational therapy molnupiravir, currently being developed by Merck & Co for the treatment of non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The firm has linked its request to compassionate use amid a ferocious surge in COVID-19 cases in India, posing a potentially delicate choice for the regulator.
Lilly’s anticancer abemaciclib and rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib, which has received a US EUA for COVID-19, have become targets of challenger Natco in India. The US giant says it's working closely with India’s health ministry to ensure access to patients who need its innovative therapies, amid indications Natco may be weighing plans to seek a voluntary license for baricitinib.