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Panacea inks pact with UNICEF,gets USFDA nod for migraine drug

NEW DELHI, Jan 18:  Drug firm Panacea Biotec today said it has inked a pact with UNICEF for supply of Pentavalent Vaccine (Easyfive-TT) in the current year.
The company has also received a notification from Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) for purchase of Easyfive-TT vaccine in the event the agency should have any requirements through December, 31, 2019.
“Total value of this expected business from UN Agencies is worth USD 20.475 million equivalent to around Rs 140 crore based on current exchange rate,” Panacea Biotec said in a statement.
Besides, the company has received approval from the US health regulator to market a generic version of Merck & Co’s Maxalt-MLT tablets, used in treating migraine, in the American market.
Commenting on the developments, Panacea Biotec Joint Managing Director Rajesh Jain said that another product approval by USFDA and UN Agencies business would help the company to grow in a sustainable manner in mid to long term.
The Capital-based firm has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to market its generic product to treat migraine in strenghts of 5 and 10 mg, Panacea Biotec said in a statement.
Panacea’s product is equivalent to Merck & Co’s Maxalt-MLT tablets. The drug has annual sales for around USD 60 million in the US market.
“The company plans to launch the product within first quarter of 2017 through its distribution partner in the US,” Panacea said.
The company recently got approval of its anti-cancer formulation facility from USFDA in November 2016, it added.


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