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Lilly signs licensing pacts with Cipla, Sun and Lupin for baricitinib in COVID-19, with possibly more in store. But will challenger Natco, which has apparently already rolled out its cut-price version of the JAK inhibitor, change tack amid the Indian government's mixed position on compulsory licensing issues in an ongoing court case?
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.
MSD India outlines further specifics around the just-announced voluntary licensing deal for molnupiravir with Indian firms, noting an expectation to discuss local data needs with the country’s regulator. All eyes are also on whether non-licensee Natco will stay the course for its application for the investigational antiviral.
As India sees a consistent rise in daily cases and deaths due to COVID-19, the off-patent industry is stepping up to make drugs affordable and available. Zydus Cadila is seeking approval for virafin, while Natco has applied for molnupiravir approval. Vaccine production and availability has also come under focus.
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