Tata Chemicals Ltd. (BSE: TATACHEM), the country’s leading producer of Soda Ash and Sodium Bicarbonate, today announced the launch of MedikarbTM – India’s first branded pharmaceutical grade sodium bicarbonate for pharma API and formulation manufacturing. MedikarbTM will be manufactured in state of the art FDA certified facilities that are compliant with GMP standards to ensure the highest quality product conforming to Indian Pharmacopoeia specifications.
Sanjiv Lal, COO, India Chemicals Operations, Tata Chemicals Ltd. said, “MedikarbTM is India’s first branded premium grade of sodium bicarbonate suitable for use as an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) and as an excipient in pharma formulations. This will give Indian pharma manufacturers a high-quality product manufactured in a state of the art FDA certified facility from a trusted brand. MedikarbTM will be available through our dedicated distributor network.
This is another step in the direction of providing added value through customized products to meet different customer requirements in Health Care, Personal Care, Food, Feed and Industrial applications.”
MedikarbTM will be produced through a highly mechanized automated manufacturing process designed as per GMP principles. Quality of the end product is assured through an end-to-end Tata Quality Management System (QMS), with the product manufactured, processed, packed and distributed under the applicable licensing and operational guidelines. Customers will also have the backing of technical sales support through an in-house R&D and Technical Services team. Customers can order small lots as per their requirement and systems are aligned to cater to express deliveries.
High-purity sodium bicarbonate is used as an alkali in the pharmaceutical industry. Sodium bicarbonate is a vital ingredient in the production of effervescent antacids, analgesic tablets and powders, vitamin supplements, injectable powders, toothpaste and antacid gel formulations. It is also used as a buffering agent, providing bicarbonate ions to balance the pH during blood purification.
Tata Chemicals’ with its sodium bicarbonate business has a presence in both domestic and global market. With an annual capacity of 100,000 MT in India, the company also has two other brands SodakarbTM, customized for use as a food additive and AlkakarbTM, for use in animal feed. This introduction of MedikarbTM as a customized product will cater specifically to the pharmaceutical industry.
About Tata Chemicals
A part of the over US$ 100 billion Tata Group, Tata Chemicals Limited, is a global company with interests in businesses that focus on LIFE —Living, Industrial and Farm Essentials. The story of the company is about harnessing the fruits of science for goals that go beyond business.
Through its Living Essentials portfolio the company has positively impacted the lives of millions of Indians. Tata Chemicals is the pioneer and market leader in India’s branded Iodised salt segment. Extending its portfolio from salt to other food essentials, TCL unveiled India’s first national brand of pulses, followed by a range of spices. Tata Chemicals has been rated as one of the top 10% in Business and Consumer brands across all industry and consumer brand categories in India by Superbrands™.
The company’s Industry Essentials product range provides key ingredients to some of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, detergents and other industrial products. Tata Chemicals currently is the world’s third largest producer of soda ash with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
With its Farming Essentials portfolio the company through its subsidiary Rallis, has a strong position in the crop protection business.
The Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre is home to world class R&D capabilities in the emerging areas of food sciences, nanotechnology and biotechnology.