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Glenmark gets final approval for gWelchol suspension, completes Zorg acquisition

Glenmark Pharma has received final USFDA approval for Colesevelam HCL for Oral Suspension in two strengths (1.875 grams/Packet and 3.75 grams/Packet). This is a generic version of Welchol of Daiichi Sankyo Inc. Company has also informed that it has completed acquisition of the 100% equity stake in Zorg for Rs5 lakh. Zorg is a pune based compnay which had annual sales of Rs36 lakh in FY17.

According to IQVIATM sales data for the 12-month period ending May 2018, Welchol Oral Suspension (1.875 grams/Packet and 3.75 grams/Packet) achieved annual sales of ~$73.0mn.

Welchol is a statin alternative, which helps in lowering cholesterol. Glenmark and Sun Pharma in May 2018 received final USFDA approval for gWelchol tablets 625mg. Welchol 625mg tablet had US sales of $520mn for 12-month period ending March 2018.

Glenmark’s has 138 products authorized for distribution in the US market and its 62 ANDAs are pending for approval.

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