London, 8 April 2016 – Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (Hikma) (LSE: HIK) (NASDAQ Dubai: HIK) (OTC: HKMPY), (rated Ba1 Moody’s / BB+ S&P, both stable), the fast growing multinational pharmaceutical group, today confirms that its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder has been accepted for filing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA provided Hikma, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, a GDUFA goal date of May 10, 2017. This product is the generic version of GlaxoSmithKline's Advair Diskus®, which is indicated for the treatment of asthma and the maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction and reducing exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is delivered using Vectura’s proprietary dry powder inhaler and formulation technology.
Said Darwazah, Chairman and CEO of Hikma said, “We are very pleased to have achieved this important milestone in the development of generic Advair Diskus®. With our partner, Vectura, our team has worked closely with the FDA to ensure the quality of the ANDA submission. Our interactions with the FDA have helped clarify the requirements for the development of a robust, patient friendly, (AB-rated) substitutable generic product for Advair Diskus®. We look forward to bringing to market this very important product for patients.”