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Brazil to remove backlog for generics

Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) announced on 3 October 2018 that it will eliminate a backlog of new and generic drug applications by January 2019.

Teva sues FDA for changing ‘first applicant’ definition for generics

There is yet another twist in the tale of generics of Allergan’s blockbuster dry eye treatment, Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion). The latest development has Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) suing the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for changing its policy on eligibility for 180-day marketing exclusivity for generics.

FDA proposes standardization of generics standards

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 18 October 2018 that it has proposed to the International Council on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) to advance the harmonization of scientific and technical standards for generics.

FDA approves first drug via Competitive Generic Therapy pathway

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 8 August 2018 that it had approved its first drugs under the Competitive Generic Therapy (CGT) designation. The agency granted approval to several strengths of Canada-based Apotex’s potassium chloride oral solution.

Hospitals launch non-profit generics company

Several major hospital groups announced the official launch of their non-profit generics company, Civica Rx, on 6 September 2018. The company has been created in an effort to combat regular shortages and the increasing prices of drugs.

Novartis divests dermatology and generic oral solids portfolios and part ways with Alcon

Swiss drugmaker Novartis is to divest the Sandoz US dermatology business and generic US oral solids portfolio to Aurobindo and will also part ways with eye care specialist Alcon.

Novartis accused of pay-for-delay, while Amgen sues over generic thyroid drug

Novartis is facing a lawsuit for attempts to prevent generic versions of its hypertension treatment Exforge, and Amgen announce it will be suing Accord Healthcare for patent infringement on its thyroid drug Sensipar.

FDA significantly increases generic user fees in 2019

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased the amount that generics manufacturers will have to pay for large-size operation generic drug applicants by more than US$270,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2019 compared to 2018.

Generics applications under review by EMA – June 2018

Generic medicines in Europe can be approved either centrally via the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or nationally via the local regulatory body [1]. Approval by EMA takes place by using a centralized procedure. This leads to approval of the product in all 28 European Union (EU) Member States and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. At a country level, if approval in a single EU Member State only is required, this can take place using the national procedure. However, as soon as a company seeks approval in two or more Member States, a decentralized procedure or mutual recognition procedure must be used [2].

MSF challenges hepatitis C patent in China

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) announced on 19 June 2018 that it was challenging the ‘unmerited’ patent in China for hepatitis C medicine velpatasvir from Gilead Sciences (Gilead). The health advocacy group said that ‘affordable generic versions from China could save millions of people’s lives’.

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