Watson, Natco ink deal for generic Revlimid

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — U.S. generic drug maker Watson Pharmaceuticals and Indian drug maker Natco Pharma will work together to develop and commercialize a generic drug used for bone marrow disorders, the two companies said Tuesday.

The agreement concerns lenalidomide tablets in the 5-mg, 10-mg, 15-mg and 25-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Celgene’s Revlimid, used to treat the plasma cell cancer multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome. Myelodysplastic syndrome results from the bone marrow producing blood cells that are misshapen.

Under the agreement, the companies will share net profits. The companies said Natco may be the first company to apply for Food and Drug Administration approval, which would give the companies 180 days of market exclusivity once the agency approves the application.

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