Cipla revealed that the drug will be sold under the brand name Etacept and will be manufactured by China-based Shanghai CP Guojian Pharmaceutical. Etacept will be the first drug marketed by Cipla biologics segment and will offer a treatment alternative to patients suffering from rheumatic disorders at a lower cost.
Cipla added that Etacept will be available in the form of a powder to be given by subcutaneous injection and will be priced at Rs 6,150.
"The higher cost of biologics has been a major hindrance, limiting its affordability and accessibility to millions of patients. We believe that introducing Etacept at a lower cost (30 per cent lesser compared to the innovator) will enable access of this drug to a greater number of patients in India. This can be enhanced further if we consider the results of a recent study that showed in patients, who were successfully treated with Etanercept for six months, a 50 per cent reduced dose worked just as well as continuing the current dose", Cipla's Medical Director Dr Jaideep Gogtay said.