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 News Release - January 21, 2008

Dr. Reddy's Announces Settlement of Exelon(R) (rivastigmine tartrate) ANDA Litigation With Novartis

HYDERABAD, India--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (NYSE:RDY ) today announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Novartis Pharma AG which involves a stipulation of dismissal of the lawsuits in the United States relating to the Abbreviated New Drug Applications filed by Dr. Reddy’s for a generic version of rivastigmine tartrate capsules sold under the trade-name Exelon.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dr. Reddy’s will not launch its generic Rivastigmine Tartrate capsules until sometime before the expiry of the Orange Book patents claiming Rivastigmine. The exact date of launch and other terms of this agreement are confidential. In October 2007, the Company received the final approval from U.S. FDA on its ANDA for Rivastigmine capsules.

Rivastigmine tartrate capsules is the generic version of the Novartis product Exelon indicated for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease dementia. As per the IMS June 2007 Moving Annual Total, the annual sales of this product in the US were $199 million.

About Dr. Reddy’s

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories was established in 1984 in Hyderabad, India, and is a global pharmaceutical company with proven research capabilities. Dr. Reddy’s conducts research in the areas of diabetes, cardiovascular, anti-infectives, inflammation and cancer. The Indian based company produces finished dosage forms, active pharmaceutical ingredients and biotechnology products which are marketed globally, with focus on India, US, Europe and Russia.

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Source: Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

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