In a landmark judgement by India's Patent Office, Natco Pharma has won a compulsory license from Bayer for patent protected anti-cancer drug Nexavar, chemically known as Sorafenib.
In a landmark judgement by India's Patent Office, Natco Pharma has won a compulsory license from Bayer for patent protected anti-cancer drug Nexavar, chemically known as Sorafenib. The license is valid till expiry of the patent in 2021.
Hyderabad-based Natco had filed an application for issue of compulsory license to manufacture a low-cost version of Nexavar.
Compulsory license allows a generic drug maker, Natco in this case, to manufacture and sell a copy of the innovator's drug, Bayer in this case, on paying a royalty.
"The compulsory license, first of its kind granted, enables Natco to sell the drug at a price not exceeding Rs 8,880 for a pack of 120 tablets (one month's therapy) as against Rs 284,428 being the cost of Nexavar sold by Bayer," it said.
The order also makes it obligatory for Natco to supply the drug free of cost to at least 600 needy patients per year.
Natco will have to pay 6% royalty on sales to Bayer for the drug on a quarterly basis. Natco said royalty payment was in-line with expectations.
It is expecting revenue of Rs 25-30 crore per year, post this win over Bayer.
The judgement, however, doesn't give any details on Cipla, who was selling a copy of Nexavar at one-tenth Bayer's price.
Natco shares jumped on the announcement and were up 6.4% at Rs 315.20 in late afternoon trade on NSE.
Natco Pharma stock price
On April 21, 2015, at 13:46 hrs Natco Pharma was quoting at Rs 2176.20, down Rs 74.2, or 3.3 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 2709.00 and the 52-week low was Rs 710.00.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 33.85 per share as per the quarter ended December 2014. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 64.29. The latest book value of the company is Rs 217.49 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 10.01.
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