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Abbott to buy Russian generics firm Pharma News | Posted 04/07/2014

US-based pharma company Abbott Laboratories (Abbott) announced on 23 June 2014 that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Russian generics maker Veropharm.

Patent term restoration provisions in CETA Generics/Research | Posted 04/07/2014

Some of the provisions included in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union (EU) and Canada are seen as having the potential to have a negative affect on the...

Biosimilar etanercept demonstrates equivalent efficacy Biosimilars/Research | Posted 04/07/2014

A phase III trial comparing Hanwha Chemical Corporation (Hanwha)’s biosimilar etanercept, HD203, with Enbrel (etanercept) has demonstrated equivalent efficacy [1].

Companies required to update information on drugs Policies & Legislation | Posted 04/07/2014

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that as of 16 June 2014 marketing authorization holders would be required to update the information on medicines authorized in the European Union.

Teva settles patent litigation over ProAir HFA Generics/News | Posted 04/07/2014

The world’s biggest generics maker, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva), announced on 20 June 2014 that it had reached a settlement with Perrigo Pharmaceutical (Perrigo) and Catalent Pharma Solut...

Massachusetts governor signs biosimilars substitution bill Policies & Legislation | Posted 27/06/2014

Massachusetts has become the latest US state to pass a law allowing substitution of a biosimilar for an originator biological, but with certain restrictions.

ECCO position statement on biosimilars Biosimilars/General | Posted 27/06/2014

The European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) is a non-profit association with the aim of improving the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Europe. The association curr...

Influence of CETA on generics Generics/Research | Posted 27/06/2014

On 18 October 2013, the European Union (EU) and Canada reached a political agreement on the key elements for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). However, CETA has been criticized f...