Duo to make generic version of Glaxo treatment

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Jordan-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals sells generic, branded and injectable products Jordan-based Hikma Pharmaceuticals sells generic, branded and injectable productsAli Jarekji/Reuters

Two UK-listed drugs companies have launched plans to develop a copycat version of Glaxosmithkline’s lucrative respiratory portfolio.

Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Vectura Group have signed an agreement to commercialise generic versions of Glaxo’s Ellipta products as they target the potential $5.5 billion sales forecast for the products by 2024. The tie-up marks a deepening of the relationship between Hikma and Vectura, who are attempting to launch a version of Glaxo’s successful Advair inhaler.

Hikma was founded in Jordan in 1978 and spans more than 50 countries, selling generic, branded and injectable products. It appointed Siggi Olafsson, the former boss of Teva, an Israeli rival, as chief executive this year to revive the company, which has struggled with delays in launching a generic Advair and had repeatedly…

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