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Generic cancer pain relief launched in Japan posted 20/07/2018

Japan-based Daiichi Sankyo announced on 15 June 2018 that it had launched a generic version of cancer pain relief Fentos Tape...

FDA approves first Suboxone generics for opioid dependence posted 13/07/2018

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 14 June 2018 that it had approved the first generics of Suboxone (bupr...

US approval for prostate cancer formulation and impotence generics posted 22/06/2018

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved generics of tadalafil, used to treat male impotence, and a new abirate...

Aurobindo and Lannett expand their generics portfolios posted 15/06/2018

Both Indian generics maker Aurobindo Pharma (Aurobindo) and US generics company Lannett have announced efforts to increase th...

Price of leukaemia drug in Japan halved posted 25/05/2018

Japanese drugmaker Ohara Pharmaceutical has reduced the price of its leukaemia generic imatinib to about half the price of th...

 

Research

Patient sociodemographics and use of generics posted 20/07/2018

Researchers from the US have found that poorer patients are more likely to use generics [1].

Generic sofosbuvir and daclatasvir bioequivalent to originators posted 13/07/2018

With the aim of eliminating hepatitis C (HCV) by 2030, some originator pharmaceutical companies have granted voluntary licenc...

Generic clopidogrel non-inferior to Plavix in acute coronary syndrome posted 29/06/2018

A team of Canadian researchers have concluded that generic clopidogrel is non-inferior to the originator drug, Plavix (clopid...

Doctors’ perceptions of generics in Guadeloupe and Martinique posted 15/06/2018

Doctors in Guadeloupe and Martinique are not hostile towards generics but still mostly prescribe brand-name drugs due to pati...

Generics market failures and non-profit manufacturing posted 08/06/2018

Competition usually keeps the price of generics well below that of brand-name drugs. However, when there is little or no comp...

 

General

MSF challenges hepatitis C patent in China posted 20/07/2018

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) announced on 19 June 2018 that it was challenging the ‘unmerited’ pat...

UK investigates price increases for generics posted 13/07/2018

In light of recent increases in the price of generics, the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) has carried out an investigation...

FDA publishes list of companies that block generics posted 22/06/2018

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 17 May 2018 that it had published a list of companies that block gener...

FDA to boost generics and change drug rebates to lower prices posted 08/06/2018

In two recent speeches US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has outlined plans to fight back aga...

China to exempt cancer drugs from import taxes posted 08/06/2018

Under a new policy that took effect on 1 May 2018, China will exempt as many as 28 medicines, including all cancer drugs, mad...

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