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Natco launches cut-price versions of cancer drug in India

Natco launches cut-price versions of cancer drug in India

Hyderabad-based pharma company Natco Pharma launched a new and cut-price version of ibrutinib which is an anti-cancerous drug under its own brand name called Ibrunat. The patent of this particular drug was held by a company named Pharmacyclics for more than four years in India. But the latter company was acquired by US giant AbbVie. So now, the marketing right for ibrutinib is held by Natco and Johnson & Johnson.

Ibrutinib is used to treat patients with leukemia and other similar types of cancer. It is considered as one of the most used oncogenic drugs. Natco in a recent press meet has announced that the firm is all set to launch the drug under its own brand name by March 2020. It is learned that the Indian drug maker has already dispatched the drug in distribution channels. The Natco drug will cost at approximately INR 38000 per month as opposed to the INR 4 lakh course of the innovator. A patient is expected to take 4 tablets each day.

Natco’s latest move pertaining to the launch of the drug is consistent. Natco's product will be cheaper when compared to the other drugs which were available prior to the market. It is more effective and also is recommended by most of the oncologists in India and other countries too.

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