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diabetes drug major usv eyes niche therapies

Diabetes drug major USV eyes niche therapies

abroad, targets Rs 50 bn sales

USV, the country's largest manufacturer of oral anti-diabetes drugs, is stepping

up focus on biosimilars and niche low-competition products in Europe and the

US, as it looks for new growth opportunities to achieve Rs 50 billion (Rs 5,000

crore) revenue in the next five years. It would have an estimated Rs 30 billion (Rs

3,000 crore) turnover for the current financial year.

Privately-held USV earns around 80 per cent of its revenue from domestic market.

Of this, about 40 per cent comes from diabetes portfolio which includes top

selling Glycomet GP, India's third most valued drug brand at Rs 4 billion (Rs 400

crore) annual sales. Cardiovascular is another key segment. These two therapies

contribute 80 per cent to its domestic business.

Last month the European Medical Agency accepted for review USV's application

for biosimilar Pegfilgrastim, which is a copy of Amgen's $4 billion anti-cancer drug

Neulasta. The company is also participating in public health tenders in Germany

while in the US its focus is on niche low competition products.

in the us market we do about 25 million

“In the US market we do about $25 million of net sales. So that will grow since we

have two three important products. We will take Pegfilgrastim to the US as well,”

said Prashant Tewari, managing director of USV.

Mumbai based company promoted by V B Gandhi began manufacturing in India in

1960 as a joint venture with the US based drug maker US Vitamins &

Pharmaceuticals Inc. In 1986 the Gandhi family took full control of the company

following the exit of its American partner. Leena Gandhi Tewari, grand daughter

of its founder promoter V B Gandhi is company's chairman.

USV made a foray in diabetes drugs from its early days and this first-mover

advantage has allowed the company to establish a leadership position in the Rs 80

billion oral diabetes drugs segment ahead of larger companies including Sun

Pharmaceutical Industries, MSD, Novartis, Lupin and others.

But now the company is looking for growth beyond its core segments to de-risk its

sales and improve profit.

"We started early and remained focused," Tewari said. The company's legacy

diabetes drugs still continue to drive growth. "These legacy drugs gave us 9-10 per

cent unit growth. That's a solid growth as volumes are large," Tewari said. Along

with its legacy products the company's portfolio also includes proprietary drugs

like Vildagliptin which it sells under licence from Novartis.

Company is targeting the new growth areas to further accelerate its growth for

achieving Rs 50 billion (Rs 5,000 crore) revenue target in the next five years. With

these efforts, Tewari expects share of its overseas business to grow to 25 per cent

in the next five years from current 20 per cent.

But much of the growth will be dependent on regulatory compliance and approval

for biosimilar drugs which USV is developing for European and US markets. Last

March the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) slapped a warning letter on

the company's Daman plant for good manufacturing practices violations.

“Remediation has been done from our side. We had re-inspection, and in our

view it was very good. Now we are awaiting a feedback. We have 24 abbreviated

new drug applications (ANDAs) filed in the US and seven are approved which are

only awaiting facility clearance,” he said.

tewari said all the research and development

Tewari said all the research and development expenses are being funded through

internal accruals and the company had no share sale plans.

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