Zydus Lifesciences MD On Rare Disease Focus, Outcomes-Based Digital Transformation
Preparing For A VUCA World
Zydus Lifesciences is building a rare disease-focused pipeline as a differentiating strategy, managing director Sharvil Patel tells Scrip in an interview. Innovation and patient centricity at heart, digital initiatives are being implemented to transform the company into a ‘future ready’ healthcare organization
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Zydus is still on the look out for deals post the recent acquisition of UK-based LiqMeds group as it sets a $100m sales target from specialty/rare disease products. Meanwhile, US revenues are seen stabilizing with new launches, even as lack of Revlimid sales in Q2 led to a 24% drop over the previous quarter.
India has exempted imports of top-selling oncology drug Merck’s Keytruda from customs duty as also rare disease drugs listed in the National Policy For Rare Diseases. However, patient advocacy groups feel more fiscal measures and manufacturing incentives are needed to improve access