Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd has aggressively started marketing superbrand Shelcal globally as the International rights are still with the company. Elder Pharma has already started exports of its leading calcium supplement brand to about 25 countries with many more on the anvil. For the year 2015-16, the company is likely to notch up sales of over Rs 25 crore and the demand is coming from countries like Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives, Zambia, Uganda, Yemen, Guyana, Burkinafaso, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Papua New Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Burundi, Rwanda etc. Shelcal is currently exported in the form of 250/500 mg tablets and Syrup but new line extensions are also being planned which will include Shelcal CT (Calcitrol), Shelcal OS (alpha Calcitrol) and Shelcal HD (high dosage of Vitamin D3).
Says Alok Saxena, Chairman and Managing Director, Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd, “About a year back, Elder had sold the rights for the domestic markets of Shelcal and 30 other brands to Torrent group for a consideration of Rs 2000 crore but had retained the rights for the international markets with itself. With overwhelming response and acceptance of its product in all these markets, the company is looking at strong prescription base in over 70 countries by March 2017.”
Elder is also targeting the markets of Europe, CIS and LATAM. Shelcal’s European thrust will be spearheaded by Neutra Health plc, its wholly owned subsidiary in the UK which will market it across the EU. Sold through the ethical route, Shelcal has found support from health conscious persons as the source of calcium used in Shelcal is from ‘oyster shell’, which provides calcium in its purest form. Because of its organic origins, it is highly bio-available and gives significant increase in BMD (Bone Mineral Density). Other calcium supplements have synthetic origins and hence their contribution to BMD does not match up to Shelcal. Shelcal’s success also stems from the fact that it targets different segments like management of calcium deficiency, osteoporosis, pregnancy and lactation and is suitable for all ages.
Adds Saxena, “Earlier our production capacities were barely able to fulfill the domestic demand for Shelcal and hence we were not pursuing the exports markets in a big way. Now that we have sold the domestic rights of Shelcal we can focus on the vast global markets.” Judging by the response received so far, Elder should be able to garner a turnover of about Rs 100 crore from the International operations of Shelcal by 2017-18. The company is also looking to export another nutritional product, Thrive, a natural supplement that helps fight chronic metabolic disorders.
About Elder Pharmaceuticals Limited:
Elder Pharmaceuticals Limited [NSE: ELDERPHARM] has presence in niche therapeutic segments like Anti-INfectives, Nutraceuticals /vitamin Supplements, Dermatology and Antibiotics. It is the market leader in wound healing and injectable B12 vitamin. The company has its presence highlighted across the domestic pharmaceutical chain from in-house manufacturing, In-licensing agreements and clinical Research & Development services to gradually developing Custom Research and Manufacturing Services for advance intermediates, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Dosage Formulations.
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