Hetero Pharmaceuticals launches generic lapatinib in India
Source: Thailand Medical News Feb 03, 2019
Hetero, one of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies and world’s largest producer of anti-retroviral drugs, announces the launch of generic version of lapatinib (250 mg) tablets in India. The product is marketed and distributed under the brand name ‘Hertab’ by Hetero Healthcare Ltd. It is made available in two SKUs, each consisting of 30 tablets and 150 tablets.
Hertab (lapatinib) is an oral therapy indicated for the treatment of postmenopausal women with HER2-positive advanced breast cancer patients whose disease has progressed after taking Trastuzumab therapy. Lapatinib is used in combination with other medication Capecitabine or letrozole, which together, inhibit the growth of cancer cells in patients.
The price of brandname lapatinib in the US is about US$8,500 for 150 tablets whereas the generic version from India is only US$ 350 per 150 tablets, representing a huge cost saving for patients suffering from advanced breast cancer.
Hetero is one of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies and the world’s largest producer of anti-retroviral drugs. Backed by 25 years of expertise in the pharmaceutical industry, Hetero’s strategic business areas spread across APIs, generics, biosimilars, custom pharmaceutical services and branded generics.