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Alembic Pharma receives US FDA final approval for Pirfenidone tablets

Pirfenidone Tablets are indicated for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

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Alembic Pharma today received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Pirfenidone tablets, 267 mg and 801 mg. The approved ANDA is therapeutically equivalent to the Reference Listed Drug (RLD) product Esbriet tablets, 267 mg and 801 mg, of Genentech, according to a statement from Alembic Pharma.

Pirfenidone Tablets are indicated for the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Alembic had previously received tentative approval for this ANDA. The company was one of the first ANDA applicants to submit a substantially complete ANDA with a paragraph IV certification. It may not be indicated for certain other uses due to unexpired exclusivities for the RLD for such uses, the statement said.

Pirfenidone Tablets, 267 mg and 801 mg have an estimated market size of $548 million for 12 months ending December 2021, according to IQVIA. Alembic has settled the case with Genetech, and will launch its generic as per the terms of settlement, the statement concluded.

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