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US judge invalidates 4 of 5 patents on Cubicin

A US federal judge has invalidated four out of the five patents on antibiotic Cubicin (daptomycin), paving the way for generics from June 2016.

First celecoxib generics hit US market

On 10 December 2014, generics makers Actavis, Mylan and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced that they had all launched celecoxib generics in the US.

FDA withdraws automatic substitution of two methylphenidate generics

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 13 November 2014 that it had withdrawn the bioequivalence rating for two generic versions of Janssen Pharmaceutica’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Concerta (methylphenidate). The agency took the action due to concerns that the drugs may not be therapeutically equivalent to the brand-name drug.

Cipla petitions Indian Government to revoke Onbrez patents

India-based generics maker Cipla has asked the Indian Government to revoke five patents held by Swiss firm Novartis for its respiratory drug Onbrez (indacaterol), after launching its own generic version of the drug.

FDA revokes Ranbaxy’s esomeprazole and valganciclovir ANDAs

India-based generics maker Ranbaxy Laboratories (Ranbaxy) announced on 6 November 2014 that the company had been informed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the agency’s decision to revoke its approval for the company’s generic versions of AstraZeneca blockbuster acid-reflux drug Nexium (esomeprazole) and F. Hoffman-La Roche’s cytomegalovirus treatment Valycte (valganciclovir).

Mylan latest to recall blood pressure generics

US generics giant Mylan has become the latest in a line of generics companies that have faced recalls of the blood pressure medication metoprolol.

Generics firms carve their way to victory

US generics company Mylan has won a court battle over brand-name drugmaker Hospira, meaning it is now free to resume distribution of generic Precedex (dexmedetomidine injection).

Actavis agrees to continue making Alzheimer’s drug for now

Actavis has agreed to keep selling a top Alzheimer’s disease drug for 60 days so US patients will not be forced to switch to a newer, more expensive form of the drug.

New indication for old generic combination drug

US biopharmaceutical company Avanir Pharmaceuticals has announced positive results from a phase II clinical trial of a generic combination drug for the treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The same combination is already approved for a different neurological disorder, and other indications are being investigated.

Phase III trials for generic asthma inhaler and insulin glargine

Generics giant Mylan is set to embark on phase III clinical trials of its generic fluticasone/salmeterol inhaler for asthma patients.