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Wockhardt receives US FDA approval for cancer drug

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This is the third US FDA approval for an oncology product for Wockhardt during the past three months

Wockhardt has received approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration (US FDA) for an ANDA for 50mg injection of Decitabine, which is used to treat certain forms of cancer. Wockhardt’s Decitabine injection is a generic version of Dacogen, marketed in USA and other countries by Otsuka.

Decitabine is used to treat Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a group of cancers in which immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature and therefore do not become healthy blood cells. According to IQVIA February 2019 data, the product has sales of $120 million in the US.

“This is the third US FDA approval for an oncology product for Wockhardt during the past three months, and has added to our growing portfolio of cancer drugs” said Dr Habil Khorakiwala, Founder Chairman, Wockhardt Group. “Wockhardt has been sustaining growth in the US and worldwide through an increasing portfolio of specialty products including oncology drugs” he said.

The company will be launching this product in the United States, in a short period of time. With its nationwide distribution network and its excellent relationship with all major trade, retail and institutional customers, Wockhardt is already a significant player in the US pharmaceutical market.

The product is being manufactured at a contract manufacturing facility, based near Hyderabad, India.

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