A pharmacist counts pills in a pharmacy. File image: Reuters

Johannesburg - The acting chief executive officer of South Africa's Cipla Medpro said on Monday the generic drug firm has not received any communication from its Indian suitor, Cipla, that an acquisition deal has been put on hold.

India's Economic Times, citing the chairman of Cipla, reported on Monday that Cipla's $215 million bid for control of the South African company is on hold.

“I am aware of the that report but I have not been able to verify it and we have not received any communication from Cipla about its withdrawal from the talks,” Johan du Preez, Cipla Medpro's acting CEO, told Reuters.

“As far as we are concerned, the talks are ongoing.”

Shares in Cipla Medpro fell 4.2 percent to 9.00 rand, still above the 8.55 rand Cipla put on the table in November. - Reuters