Zeba Siddiqui
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Zeba Siddiqui

Reuters correspondent covering pharmaceuticals and healthcare in India | www.zebasiddiqui.com


Rolls Royces, movies: private India hospitals go luxe for growth

Cinemas, Rolls-Royces and rooms so plush they could belong in a five-star hotel: private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities.

Reuters / May 2015

India's Lupin seeks biosimilar, lung drug partners

Indian drugmaker Lupin Ltd is seeking new partnership agreements as it moves into the promising fields of inhaled lung drugs and copies of biotechnology drugs, its managing director said.

Reuters / March 2014

U.S. fears for patents on next-generation drugs in India

The United States on Thursday voiced concern over protection of patents on safer and more effective next-generation medicines in India amid fears that authorities are considering allowing more Indian firms to make new varieties of cheap generic drugs stil

Reuters / March 2014

FDA bans imports from Sun Pharma plant in India crackdown

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned imports from Indian generic drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's plant at Karkhadi in the western state of Gujarat, in the latest quality blow for India's drug sector.

Reuters / March 2014

India to double drug inspectors to boost oversight

India will spend 30 billion rupees ($511 million) and double the number of drug inspectors in the next three years to meet global manufacturing standards, the country's health regulator said on Wednesday.

Reuters / May 2014

Ranbaxy gets FDA approval for Novartis's Diovan generic

Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to launch a cheaper copy of Novartis AG's blood pressure pill Diovan, bolstering its outlook after a raft of regulatory bans for poor production quality at its

Reuters / June 2014

India caps price of 108 more medicines; drugmakers to take hit

India has capped the prices of more than 100 drugs used to treat diseases ranging from diabetes to HIV, a move likely to hit the profit margins of drug firms such as Sanofi SA, Abbott Laboratories and Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.

Reuters / July 2014

Lupin, U.S. firms weigh bids for GSK's mature drugs: sources

Generics firm Lupin, some U.S. drugmakers looking for a tax-saving deal in Europe and private equity funds are planning to bid for a range of older drugs being auctioned by GlaxoSmithKline, five sources familiar with the matter said.

Reuters / July 2014

Big Pharma still betting on "messed up" Indian drugs market

Global drugmakers have had a nauseous time in India's $14 billion market. Prices have dropped and valuable patents have been overruled as the authorities strive to make medicines affordable for the 70 percent of people living on less than $2 a day.

Reuters / March 2014

Gilead signs hepatitis C pact to cut drug cost for poor

U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc GILD.O has licensed its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to seven India-based drugmakers that will sell far cheaper versions of the $1,000-a-pill medicine in 91 developing nations.

Reuters / September 2014

U.S. class action asserts Ranbaxy manipulated FDA rules

Generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd has been sued in a district court in the United States for allegedly manipulating U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules for years to keep rival generic drugs out of the market.

Reuters / May 2015

Cipla asks India to revoke Novartis patents on respiratory drug

Generic drugmaker Cipla Ltd said on Thursday it has asked the Indian government to revoke five patents held by Swiss firm Novartis AG on respiratory drug Onbrez and has launched a cheaper copy to boost access in the local market.

Reuters / October 2014

Indian drugmakers see U.S. sales hit by delay in new approvals

Indian drugmakers expect a slowdown in new generic drug approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to weigh on sales in their largest market for at least two more quarters, due to an ongoing overhaul of the review process.

Reuters / November 2014

Poor patients in India facing HIV/AIDS drug shortages

Indian HIV patient Rekha has missed her daily dose of medicine several times over the last few months because the government distribution centre at New Delhi's Lok Nayak Hospital ran out of drugs.

Reuters / September 2014

India's Natco Pharma ties up with Gilead on hepatitis C drugs

Indian generic drugmaker Natco Pharma Ltd said it has agreed a deal with Gilead Sciences Inc to supply generic copies of the U.S. drugmaker's chronic hepatitis C medicines, including $1,000-a-pill drug Sovaldi, in 91 developing nations.

Reuters / March 2015

Sun Pharma open to large acquisitions post Ranbaxy

India's largest drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd will look at making more large acquisitions even as it winds up a $3.2 billion deal to buy smaller rival Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd.

Reuters / March 2015

Charity attacks Gilead over hepatitis C drug restrictions

The medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has accused U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc of restricting access to its breakthrough hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in developing countries as it tries to protect profit margin in wealthier nations.

Reuters / March 2015

India may take WTO action against EU over drug clinical trials

India may go to the World Trade Organisation if the European Union does not reconsider a decision to suspend the sale of about 700 generic drugs that were approved based on clinical trials by GVK Biosciences Pvt Ltd, the firm's CEO said.

Reuters / April 2015

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