Pharma Major Lupin Limited (Lupin) and Novartis Healthcare Private Limited (NHPL) have entered into a co-marketing agreement to promote Novartis’s Indacaterol / Glycopyrronium 110mcg/50mcg inhaler, a treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) under the brand name of Loftair.
Lupin would be using its own specialty field force to promote Loftair inhaler. NHPL will continue to market Indacaterol / Glycopyrronium 110mcg/50mcg inhaler under its brand name Sequadra through its own sales force. Loftair is a fixed dose combination of two bronchodilators: Indacaterol maleate, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) and glycopyrronium bromide, a long-acting anticholinergic (LAMA) for the treatment of COPD. The once daily Indacaterol / Glycopyrronium combination significantly reduced the rate of moderate or severe exacerbations by 31% compared to the current standard of care (SFC twice-daily salmeterol + fluticasone combination) in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.