Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CiplaQCIL) has gained entry into new markets after acquiring approval to supply lifesaving medicines to the ECOWAS and ZAZIBONA regions in Africa.
The new deal gives the company access to over thirty countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Liberia, Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and South Africa.
The Kampala Post understands Cipla will effective immediately start making and distributing antiretrovirals and malaria medicines such as efavirenz 600 mg, lamivudine 300 mg, tenofovir 300 mg Artemether 20 mg, lumefantrine 120 mg tablets, and tenofovir 300mg/lamivudine 300mg/dolutegravir 50mg (TLD) tablets.
“For the first time, a manufacturer from East Africa has received approval to supply lifesaving medicines to the ECOWAS regulatory authority. The approval from the regulatory authority not only bestows a vote of confidence in CiplaQCIL but also in Uganda’s pharmaceutical industry as a whole,” said CiplaQCIL Chief Executive Officer Nevin Bradford.
“We recently upgraded our manufacturing facility which will be able to meet the increased volumes following this approval and hence making CiplaQCIL into one of the largest pharmaceuticals in Africa. We are proud to be able to produce quality, affordable medicine in Africa, for Africa in line with our ethos of ‘caring for life”.