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Natco Pharma Rolls Out a new Drug for Heart Ailment

Natco Pharma Rolls Out a new Drug for Heart Ailment

Natco Pharma, a Hyderabad-based pharmaceuticalcompany has rolled out a new drug for treating heart ailments. The new drug is known as Valsartan-sacubitril (under the company’s brand name Valsac).

Valsartan-sacubitril can eliminate the risk of cardiovascular death in patients suffering from congestive heart problem. It helps to relax the blood vessels. The same brand is sold as Entresto by another Pharmaceutical company, Novartis in the US and other countries.

According to a press release by Natco Pharma, 50 mg of Vymada will cost Rs. 45 and 100mg will cost Rs. 55.

As per the government’s app called Pharma Sahi Daam App, 14 tablets (24/26mg) will cost Rs. 977.50. While in the same price, there are other two tablets called Lupin and Cipla available in the market today.

The new launch by Natco Pharma has challenged the country’s largest drug makers, i.e. Novartis in terms of competition. Apart from that, there can be a battle of patents between the two companies since; Novartis sells the same drug under a different name in the US and other countries. In 2017, the drug’s sales were almost $500M and as per analyst, the sales may touch $2.2 billion by 2022.

Earlier, the two companies along with Cipla were engaged in a serious patent battle over an anti-cancer drug called Glivec.

“Novartis is aware that Natco has announced the launch of a generic version of valsartan-sacubitril and is currently evaluating its options,” quoted by a spokesperson for Novartis.


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