Sun Pharma launches Xelpros in US

Xelpros is indicated in the treatment of Open-angle Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension. Sun Pharma in-licensed Xelpros from SPARC in June 2015.

Jan 12, 2019 11:01 IST India Infoline News Service

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Sun Pharma on Friday said that it has launched Xelpros in the US markets. In September 2018, Sun and its research arm Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company Ltd (SPARC) had received USFDA approval for their novel drug Xelpros (Latanoprost ophthalmic emulsion).

Xelpros is indicated in the treatment of open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Sun Pharma in-licensed Xelpros from SPARC in June 2015 and the USFDA approval triggered a milestone payment of $10mn to SPARC. Further, with Xelpros sales kicking in, SPARC will also receive sales royalties going forward.

This is the second NDA approval for SPARC’s R&D pipeline. For Sun Pharma, this is a good start for the year. Last year, the company received USFDA EIR for its Halol facility after years of struggle and received an Elepsia approval in December 2018.

Sun is trying to build up its specialty products in dermatology, oncology, and ophthalmology in the US and has several products lined up for launches going ahead.
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