Ulcerative colitis and diabetes generics launched in US Posted 31/08/2018

Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced on 9 July 2018 that it had launched generic budesonide extended-release tablets (9 mg) in the US. Then on 25 July 2018 India’s largest drug manufacturer Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Sun Pharma) announced that it had launched generic metformin extended-release tablets (500 and 1,000 mg) in the US.

Teva’s budesonide tablets are a generic drug alternative to Uceris (budesonide), which is manufactured by Salix Pharmaceuticals. The drug is a glucocorticosteroid indicated for remission in patients with active mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis.

This is the second ulcerative colitis generic to be launched by Teva recently. The company launched generic mesalamine delayed-release tablets (1.2 g) in the US in March 2018 [1].

This latest launch ‘signals an important addition to Teva’s portfolio’, according to Brendan O’Grady, head of Teva North America Commercial.

Uceris had annual sales of approximately US$196 million in the US as of May 2018.

Sun Pharma’s generic metformin tablets are a therapeutic alternative to Glumetza (metaformin), which is manufactured by Santarus. Metaformin is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise in type 2 diabetes. It is the first-line medication for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Glumetza had sales of US$443 million for the 12 months ending April 2018, according to IQVIA.

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Reference
1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Teva launches ulcerative colitis generic in the US [www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2018 Aug 31]. Available from: www.gabionline.net/Generics/News/Teva-launches-ulcerative-colitis-generic-in-the-US

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