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Texan judge invalidates Restasis patents

On 16 October 2017, a federal judge in Texas invalidated four key patents for Allergen’s dry eye drug Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion).

FDA trying to reduce hurdles for complex generics

Although US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb admits that ‘FDA doesn’t control drug pricing’, he points to the fact that FDA ‘policies do affect competition in the market’. With this in mind he announced on 2 October 2017 ‘a major new set of policies’ aimed at making it easier to bring generic competition to complex drugs.

US tribal patent deal could prevent generics

A deal made between Allergan and a native American tribe could potentially protect the company from challenges on its dry eye drug Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) and prevent competition from generics in the US.

FDA forms working group to increase generics competition

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb had announced the creation of a working group of senior staff focused on increasing generic drug competition.

Generics applications under review by EMA – August 2017

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].

FDA receives record number of generic drug applications for 2017

Just part way through 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already received a record number of generic drug applications, surpassing the totals for both 2016 and 2015.

Senior US senator calls on insulin manufacturers to justify high prices

Senator Amy Klobuchar, senior senator from Minnesota, has written to three major diabetes drug manufacturers asking them to justify recent price hikes, which are placing increasing pressure on patients in the US.

WHO prequalifies first generic hepatitis C drug

The World Health Organization (WHO) has prequalified the first generic drug to treat hepatitis C. The antiviral agent sofosbuvir will be manufactured at a lower cost by Mylan.

AAM tries to block ‘unconstitutional’ drug pricing law

The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) has filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General of Maryland in an attempt to block a recently passed law which could affect national commerce in the US and harm the market for generic drugs, which saved Maryland over US$4 billion in 2016.

FDA lists drugs without generics to increase competition

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 27 June 2017 that it had taken ‘two new, important steps’ to increase competition and encourage the entry of generics in the US.