Aurobindo Pharma

Aurobindo Pharma Limited is a pharmaceutical manufacturing company headquartered in HITEC CityHyderabad, India. The company manufactures generic pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The company’s area of activity includes six major therapeutic/product areas: antibiotics, anti-retrovirals, cardiovascular products, central nervous system products, gastroenterologicals, and anti-allergics.[citation needed] The company markets these products in over 125 countries.[citation needed] Its marketing partners include AstraZeneca[4] and Pfizer


The company commenced operations in 1988-89 with a single unit manufacturing semi-synthetic penicillin (SSP) in Puducherry. Aurobindo Pharma became a public company in 1992 and listed its shares in the Indian stock exchanges in 1995. Aurobindo Pharma also has a presence in key therapeutic segments such as neurosciences, cardiovascular, anti-retrovirals, anti-diabetics, gastroenterology and cephalosporins, among others.

Aurobindo Pharma features among the top 10 companies in India in terms of consolidated revenues.[citation needed] Aurobindo exports to over 125 countries across the globe with more than 70% of its revenues derived out of international operations.

In 2014, Aurobindo purchased the generic operations of Actavis in 7 Western European countries for $41 million

Business expansion

Aurobindo Pharma plans to expand its product portfolio with high value products in oncologyhormonesbiosimilars and novel drug delivery solutions like depot injections, inhalers, patches and films. It has also set its sights on geographic expansion in new territories like PolandItalySpainCzech RepublicPortugal and France as generic penetration in these countries is low.[8]

In 2017, Aurobindo Pharma inked a pact to acquire Portugal’s Generis Farmaceutica SA from Magnum Capital Partners for a consideration of €135 million.[9] It also acquired four biosimilar products from Swiss firm TL Biopharmaceutical AG.[10]

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Apotex businesses in Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium. The agreement is conditional on the receipt of competition clearances for the transaction by the Dutch and Polish authorities. As part of the proposed sale, Apotex will enter into a transitional manufacturing and supply arrangement with Aurobindo to support the ongoing growth plans of these businesses.[11]

Legal issues

In December 2016, the attorneys general of 20 states filed a civil complaint accusing Aurobindo Pharma of a coordinated scheme to artificially maintain high prices for a generic antibiotic and diabetes drug. The complaint alleged price collusion schemes between six pharmaceutical firms including informal gatherings, telephone calls, and text messages.[12]

On 11 April 2018, Aurobindo was featured in the Dutch documentary television program Zembla.[13] It details accusations against the company of both environmental damage and poor working conditions for their employees in Hyderabad, India.


In 2018[14] and 2019[15], Aurobindo Pharma USA recalled tablets containing valsartan due to the detection of N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) which is a probable human carcinogen.


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