Lupin and Celon Pharma have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will jointly develop fluticasone/ salmeterol dry powder inhaler (DPI) product which is a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair Diskus. Lupin will be responsible for commercialisation of the product. Celon will supply the product to Lupin for its commercialisation in the US, Canada, Mexico, and other key markets. GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair Diskus had global sales of over $7 billion as of last fiscal.
Vinita Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, Lupin said, “This collaboration is an important milestone in Lupin’s efforts to evolve its global inhalation pipeline. We are pleased to partner with Celon given their experience in the development and manufacturing of fluticasone/ salmeterol DPI in Europe. This coupled with Lupin’s expertise in inhalation product development and commercialisation in the US and other markets will accelerate the development of generic Advair Diskus for global markets. We look forward to providing access to high quality, affordable fluticasone/ salmeterol DPI as part of our strategy to deliver inhaled products to key markets.”
EP News Bureau – Mumbai