Pfizer and Hospira gain injectable generics from Indian firms
The Indian pharmaceutical industry has been targeting the US generics market for some years. More recently, a number of companies have successfully gained FDA approval for a growing portfolio of injectable generics. This relatively exclusive segment of the generics market appears to be gaining a higher profile and Hospira and Pfizer have each found a way of increasing market share by doing deals with Indian manufacturers.
At the end of last year, Hospira agreed to acquire Orchid’s generic injectable finished-dosage form pharmaceuticals business for approximately $400 million. The acquisition included Orchid’s beta-lactam antibiotics manufacturing complex (comprising cephalosporin, penicillin and carbapenem facilities) and pharmaceutical R&D facility at Irungattukottai, Chennai, as well as its generic injectable product portfolio and pipeline. In addition, the companies signed a long-term exclusive agreement for Orchid to supply APIs for the acquired generic injectable pharmaceuticals business.
At the beginning of this year, Pfizer and Strides Arcolab entered into a collaboration whereby Pfizer will commercialise off-patent sterile injectable and oral products in the US through its Established Products Business Unit. The companies believe that this is a highly complementary collaboration, which is expected to deliver 40 off-patent products, many of which are oncology therapeutics, to healthcare providers and patients in the US, by joining Pfizer's solid commercial infrastructure with Strides' high-quality manufacturing capabilities. The first of the products commercialised under this collaboration are expected to be launched this year.
Pfizer is obviously keen to work with Indian manufacturers to provide a boost into the injectable generics market. In May 2009, Pfizer entered into a commercialisation agreement with Claris Lifesciences, under which the firm acquired the rights to 15 injectable products that have lost patent protection in major markets, covering a wide range of therapeutic areas including anti-infectives and pain management. The products will be marketed under the Pfizer brand in the US, where the deal is exclusive; Claris will continue to market the products elsewhere.
Further reading - A detailed review of the Indian pharmaceutical market is available from Espicom: The Pharmaceutical Market: India (published January 2010)