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Ranbaxy Gets FDA Nod To Sell Generic Diovan Tablets In U.S.
Drug major Ranbaxy Laboratories has received U.S. health regulator's approval to market generic version of Novartis'
Diovan tablets, used for treating high blood pressure and heart failure, in the U.S. market with 180-days of marketing
exclusivity.
Ohm Laboratories Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ranbaxy has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration for manufacturing and marketing Valsartan tablets in strengths of 40 mg, 80 mg, 160 mg, and 320 mg on
an exclusive basis, Ranbaxy Laboratories said in a statement. "The Office of Generic Drugs, USFDA, has determined the
Ohm formulation to be bio-equivalent and have the same therapeutic effect as that of the branded drug Diovan," it
added.
According to IMS-MAT sales data for April 2014, the total annual market sales for Diovan stood at $2.19 billion. "Ohm is
pleased to announce this first-to-file FDA approval for Valsartan tablets, which will be introduced to all classes of trade,
with 180-days marketing exclusivity, as soon as sufficient supplies are manufactured to meet the needs of the market,"
Ohm Laboratories Vice President, Sales and Distribution, North America, Bill Winter said.
Valsartan will be manufactured at Ohm facilities located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he added. North Brunswick-
based Ohm Laboratories is engaged in the manufacturing, sale and distribution of generic, branded and over-the-
counter products in the U.S. healthcare system.
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California headquartered HP to set up 14 eHealth centres in India in next 2 years
US-based tech giant Hewlett-Packard today said it will set up 14 HP cloud-enabled eHealth centres in partnership with
Narayana Health to deliver affordable healthcare services in India. Narayana Health runs a group of hospitals across 16
cities in India and a hospital in the Caribbean at Grand Cayman, North America.
Powered by HP's cloud-enabled solution, eHealth centres are rapidly deployable facilities built to connect patients in
remote areas to receive consultations and diagnoses from physicians and specialists, HP Senior VP and MD (APJ) Printing
and Personal Systems Nick Lazaridis said. Housed in shipping containers or existing facilities, each eHealth centre is
customised and fully equipped with cloud-integrated diagnostic equipment, workstations and video conferencing, he
added. These technologies enable collection, analysis and tracking of individual and community-wide data like disease
patterns and risk factors as well as regional-health profile monitoring to facilitate real-time disease surveillance,
Lazaridis said. The first eHealth Centre was established in 2012 in Haryana. There are six eHealth centres operating in
India.
These have collectively have recorded over 36,000 patient visits as of June 2014. The catchment area for existing centers
represents about two million people. The phased implementation programme will build on the successful pilot program
Narayana Health and HP launched in Paryadanga in April 2014 to establish five eHealth Centres in Karnataka and West
Bengal, he added. "We plan to install up to 20 eHealth Centres over the next 18-24 months. The equipment and training
will be provided by HP," Lazaridis said. Narayana Health will create awareness and understanding about the programme
locally through outreach camps, public awareness campaigns and healthcare education programmes.
Besides, HP and NH will launch three new health hub support centres to serve the eHealth centre network. These will
provide a facility where staff can get support on technical and medical issues related to operations. Narayana Health
Group CEO and MD Ashutosh Raghuvanshi said partnering with HP allows it to leverage technologies like tele-medicine
and cloud capabilities to accelerate the goal of reaching more people and delivering early detection and diagnosis to
patients, while maintaining manageable costs. HP India Country Manager Neelam Dhawan said HP cloud- enabled
technology, which is central to eHealth Centres, is helping to change the dynamics of the healthcare system in India.
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