Dr Reddy's, Sun Pharma and Aurobindo get US nod for cardiac drug

Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Sun Pharma and Aurobindo Pharma received FDA nod to sell generic version of Sanofi Aventis' Plavix tablets in the US market

Hyderabad: Pharmaceutical companies, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Sun Pharma and Aurobindo Pharma on Friday said they have received US health regulator's approval to sell generic Plavix, used in treating heart diseases, in the American market, reports PTI.

Dr Reddy's said it has launched clopidogrel tablets in the American market today after receiving approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). Clopidogrel tablets are the generic version of Sanofi Aventis' Plavix tablets.

Dr Reddy's has received approval for tablets in strengths of 75 mg and 300 mg, while Aurobindo Pharma and Sun Pharma have received USFDA's approval for the tablets in 75 mg strength.

According to IMS Health sales data, clopidogrel tablets had sales of around $6.74 billion in the US market for the twelve months ended March 2012.

Dr Reddy's said its 300 mg clopidogrel tablets have been awarded 180-days of marketing exclusivity in the US market.  The company said its product in 75 mg strength is available in bottle count sizes of 30, 90 and 500 while 300 mg strength drug is available in blister packs of 30 count.

Clopidogrel tablets fall under the cardio-vascular therapeutic segment and is recommended for the prevention of various heart ailments including peripheral arterial disease.

Shares of Dr Reddy's Laboratories were trading at Rs1,657.40 on the BSE in afternoon trade, down 0.27% from its previous close. While scrips of Aurobindo Pharma were up 0.99% on the BSE at Rs107.20, those of Sun Pharma rose 0.39% at Rs582.50 in the afternoon trade.


Charge sheet against Italian marines in shootout case

The charge sheet, filed just a day before the three month time limit, said the ship was sailing 20.5 nautical miles off the Indian coast when the marines fired at the fishermen from Kerala who were aboard the boat St Antony

Kollam (Kerala): Three months after they allegedly shot dead two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast, police on Friday filed a charge sheet against two Italian marines in a court here charging them with murder under Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also invoking the International Maritime Law, reports PTI.

The marines, Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone on board the Italian ship 'Enrica Lexie' when the incident occurred on 15th February, are listed as the first and second accused respectively in the 196-page charge sheet, including annexures, filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The naval guards, lodged in the Central prison at Thiruvanathapuram for nearly three months, are also facing charges under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 427 (causing damage or loss) and 34 (acting in common intention).

Article 3 of the Suppression of Unlawful Act of International Martime Navigation has also been invoked in connection with the incident which had led to a diplomatic row between India and Italy.

The charge sheet, drawn up after three months of investigation, said the ship was sailing 20.5 nautical miles off the Indian coast when the marines fired at the fishermen from Kerala who were aboard the boat St Antony.

The charge sheet listed vital exhibits like Voyage Data Recorder (DR), six Beretta guns, two mini-light machine guns, 1690 bullets and the deck-log of the ship, both in Italian and English and GPS, seized from the vessel.

The charge sheet cited 60 witnesses including the crew members of the vessel and the fellow fishermen who were on board the boat which was fired at by the marines.

The victims, Valentine Jalastine and Ajesh Binki, who took to sea along with nine other fishermen from Neendakara near here, was shot dead on 15th February. 

The Italian marines were arrested on 19th February and lodged in jail. The charge sheet was filed just a day before the three month time limit for doing so.

The vessel, which was detained for more than two months off Cochin port, was allowed to sail a few days ago on getting clearance from the Supreme Court.

The marines had moved a bail application in the district court here, which would come up for consideration tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Steffan de Mistura expressed hope that there would a speedy trial.

Mistura, who met the marines in the prison yesterday, called on Archbishop M Soosai Pacckyam in Thiruvananthapuram this morning.

He told reporters that Italy also shared the safety concerns of Indian fishermen and would take steps to ensure that ships from his country would not stray into territorial waters, where traditional fishermen mostly engage themselves.

The Archbishop said he also asked the Italian officials to take the initiative for strengthening international laws concerning the safety of fishermen so that unfortunate incidents like this could be avoided.


TRAI asks telcos not to show misleading ads of tariff plans

Telecom operators cannot increase tariffs of subscriber plans for six months from the enrolment date but they are free to reduce call rates at the same time

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked operators not to present misleading advertisements of their tariff plans, while directing them to show recurring charges to consumers under single head, reports PTI.

"No tariff plan should be offered, presented, marketed or advertised in a manner that is likely to mislead the subscribers," Trai said in its Consumers' Handbook on Telecommunications.
All monthly fixed recurring charges, which are compulsory for a subscriber, should be shown under one head, it added.

"The service providers also have to publish all the tariff plans in prescribed formats in at least one regional language and one English newspaper at an interval not more than six months," TRAI said in the handbook.

Besides, telecom operators can't increase tariffs of subscriber plans for six months from the enrolment date but they are free to reduce call rates at the same time, the sectoral regulator said.

"A tariff plan once offered by an access provider shall be available to a subscriber for a minimum period of six months from the date of enrolment of the subscriber to that tariff plan," Trai said.

However, for any tariff plan, the operator is free to reduce tariffs at any time but "no tariff item in a tariff plan can be increased by the service provider," it added.

The move gives the subscribers the freedom to change plans during the six month period and the operator is mandated to accept the request and implement it.

"The subscriber shall be free to choose any other tariff plan, even during the said six months period. All requests for change of plan shall be accepted and implemented immediately or from the next billing cycle," TRAI added.


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