Lupin gained 3.66% to Rs 1,252.90 after the US drug regulator accepted the company's Biologics License Application (BLA) for its proposed biosimilar to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) through a filing using the 351(k) pathway.Pegfilgrastim has estimated annual sales of $3.66 billion in the U.S. (IQVIA MAT December 2020).
Commenting on the development, Vinita Gupta, CEO of Lupin said, "FDA's acceptance of our BLA is a significant achievement and demonstrates our commitment to delivering products which increase access in areas of substantial medical need. This BLA expands our oncology portfolio, an area of increasing focus for Lupin. We look forward to the opportunity to bring affordable biologic options to patients and increasing access to this important treatment."
Nilesh Gupta, MD, Lupin said, "The pegfilgrastim filing is our first biosimilar filing in the U.S. and is a milestone in our research and innovation journey as we continue to focus on delivering unique and affordable solutions to alleviate disease burden. Biosimilars is a key part of our growth strategy and we are proud of the world-class achievements of our group."
The BLA submission is supported by similarity data from analytical, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and immunogenicity studies.
Dr. Cyrus Karkaria, president of Lupin Biotech said "With significant investment in our biotechnology division over the years, we remain committed to bringing much-needed innovative products to market. This milestone further encourages us to continue advancing our robust Biosimilars pipeline across the globe to provide effective, affordable alternative for consumers."
Lupin is an innovation-led transnational pharmaceutical company. The company develops and commercializes a wide range of branded and generic formulations, biotechnology products and APIs in over 100 markets.
The drug major's consolidated net profit jumped 18.7% to Rs 464.37 crore on 0.8% fall in net sales to Rs 3,759.27 crore in Q4 March 2021 over Q4 March 2020.
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