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HC restrains Cipla from selling heart disease drug

The Delhi High Court on Friday temporarily restrained Cipla from manufacturing, importing or selling any drug containing the chemical Indacaterol which is used for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) till it obtains a compulsory license for the medicine.

Justice Manmohan Singh in an interim order restrained the Indian pharma major from manufacturing its drug sold under the name of “Indaflo”, but allowed it to sell the stock remaining with it. The court said the restraint on Cipla will remain till its application for compulsory license is decided by the relevant authority. It asked Cipla to apply for the license within two weeks of the order, if not already done so, and directed the relevant authority to decide the same within six months of receiving the application.

The 143-page order was passed on the plea of Novartis AG which holds a patent for manufacture of Indacaterol maleate salt as well as the manufacturing process for the drug. Novartis has been selling the medicine in India as an inhalation powder and inhaler under the trademark name of “Onbrez” through its licencee Lupin Ltd, since 2010.
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