Biocon launches Hepatitis C drug

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Biotechnology major Biocon has launched advanced novel therapy for the treatment of Hepatitis C.

New Delhi : Biotechnology major Biocon has launched advanced novel therapy for the treatment of Hepatitis C.

CIMIVIR-L, a fixed dose combination of Ledipasvir 90 mg and Sofosbuvir 400 mg, will be made available to patients in India at a fraction of the global cost of the innovator brand, Biocon Ltd said in a statement.

The cost of a 12-week course of this combination therapy in the US is $94,500 (about Rs 63 lakh).
Biocon, President-Marketing, Ravi Limaye said the introduction of CIMIVIR-LTM will strengthen the company's current portfolio of virology products. "It furthers our commitment to offer affordable therapy for unmet patient needs in debilitating and life-threatening conditions," he added.

CIMIVIR-L is an equivalent of the innovator product commercialised by Gilead Sciences in the US. Biocon had entered into a licensing agreement last year with US-based Gilead to manufacture and commercialise its chronic Hepatitis-C blockbuster product range, Sofosbuvir and Sofosbuvir-Ledipasvir combination in India and in select emerging markets.

These territories account for more than 50 per cent of the global Hepatitis C prevalence.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) recently approved the sale of Sofosbuvir-Ledipasvir combination, which is being manufactured in India under a license from Gilead.
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