Lupin launches generic Geodon capsules

Lupin’s Ziprasidone Hydrochloride capsules are the AB rated generic equivalent of Pfizer Inc’s Geodon capsules

Pharma major Lupin Ltd has received final approval for its Ziprasidone Hydrochloride Capsules, 20mg, 40mg, 60mg and 80mg strengths from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Lupin’s Ziprasidone Hydrochloride capsules are the AB rated generic equivalent of Pfizer Inc’s Geodon capsules. Lupin has already commenced shipping product.

Geodon capsules are antipsychotic and are indicated for Schizophrenia. Pfizer’s Geodon capsules had sales of $1.35 billion as per IMS Health, December 2011.

Nilesh Gupta, group president and executive director, Lupin said, “Patients can be assured that they are receiving the same high quality product they have been accustomed to at a more affordable price.”

In the late afternoon, Lupin was trading at around Rs492 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.25% down from the previous close.

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Quake jolts Delhi, adjoining areas; no casualties reported

The tremors, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale with Haryana’s Bahadurgarh in north India as the epicentre, were felt across Delhi and its adjoining satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh at a 1:11pm, the meteorological office said

New Delhi: An earthquake of medium intensity jolted the national capital of Delhi and its satellite towns this afternoon, pulling panic-stricken people out of their homes and offices, reports PTI.

The tremors, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale with Haryana’s Bahadurgarh in north India as the epicentre, were felt across Delhi and its adjoining satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh at a 1:11pm, the meteorological (MeT) office said.

The quake took place 9 km below the surface. The tremors were felt for less than ten seconds.

“The intensity was 4.9 and the epicentre was Bahadurgarh, Delhi-Haryana Border,” a senior MeT official said.

There were no immediate reports of any casualty.

The fire brigade and police said they have not received any immediate calls of casualty or damage.

According to the Seismic Zone Mapping done by the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Delhi is among 30 cities in the country falling in zone IV, which is defined as a severe intensity seismic zone.

This is the third tremor in Delhi, which is among the 30 cities which fall in the high risk seismic zone, since September last year.

Tremors were felt in the capital on 18th September last year following an earthquake with an intensity of 6.8 on the Richter scale having its epicentre near Sikkim-Nepal border.

On 8th September last year, an earthquake of 4.2 on Richter scale with Haryana’s Sonepat as epicentre had rocked the Indian capital.

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