Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories’ Russian subsidiary has signed an agreement with Novartis Pharma to carry out the sale and distribution of the anti-diabetes products, Galvus and Galvus Met.

The distribution agreement outlines that Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories LLC, Russia (DRL) will distribute these products within the retail sector and engage with healthcare specialists through its own sales force and pharmacy chain management.

This deal does not include a licensing fee, upfront, or down-payment.

Galvus and Galvus Met are prominent assets in the Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 (DPP4) inhibitor category, with combined sales of nearly $30m as per IQVIA Moving Annual Total (MAT) March 2024, in the Russian retail market.

As per the deal, Novartis Pharma will be responsible for the supply of Galvus and Galvus Met to DRL at a predetermined price and offer bonuses based on the achievement of key performance indicators (KPIs).

DRL is expected to place purchase orders according to a rolling forecast and meet specific volume KPIs for each reporting period.

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The service agreement to be signed in the future will define the scope of work for this distribution arrangement between DRL and Novartis Pharma.

This partnership is a strategic move for DRL as it aims to expand into the cardio and diabetes therapeutic areas.

In addition, the latest deal could pave the way for future cooperation between DRL and Novartis Pharma in the cardiovascular domain.

The announcement follows a recent collaboration between Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Alvotech, focusing on the commercialisation of AVT03 in the US, Europe, and the UK.

AVT03 is a biosimilar candidate to the reference products Prolia and Xgeva (denosumab).

Prolia and Xgeva are intended to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and prevent skeletal-related events in adults with advanced cancers.