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India under attack

India is coming under attack from Big Pharma from all angles it seems. On the one hand the Indian Government has alleged that multinational companies are campaigning against the country’s domestic pharmaceutical industry due to India’s increasing generic global presence. Then on the other hand Novartis has been asked to end its challenge to Indian patent law, with claims that its action could hinder global access to medicine.

Sun Pharma continues to expand its generics portfolio

Sun Pharma is keeping up the momentum in the generics market with several new generics recently gaining FDA approval and with an extensive pipeline on the way. The latest generics to come out of the company include drugs for the treatment of hypertension, allergic rhinitis and depression.

Strong lobbying by Canadian Generics Association

The President of the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA), Mr Jim Keon, has been speaking up on behalf of Canadian generic companies in two recent statements. Canada and the EU are currently in negotiations for a comprehensive economic and trade agreement, which they hope to conclude before the end of 2011.

European Parliament gives go-ahead for EU patent

Despite doubts over the legality of the proposed linguistic regime, the European Parliament gave its green light on 15 February 2011 for use of a rarely used provision of the Lisbon Treaty known as ‘enhanced cooperation’ to launch a common EU patent system without Italy and Spain on board.

Teva again files citizen petition against generic Copaxone

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced on 12 December 2010 that the company had filed another Citizen’s Petition (CP) with the FDA requesting that the agency refuse to approve any abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for generic versions of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection).

Teva setbacks

Teva axes 200 jobs as facility remains closed

After stopping all production at its plant in Irvine, California, USA; in April 2010, Teva announced on 20 January 2011 that all 200 jobs will go.

Race you for US$1.8 billion

The market for proton pump inhibitor pantoprazole in the US is estimated to be worth Euros 1.3 billion a year, and drug companies are scrambling to sell generic versions now that Pfizer’s patent has expired.

Generics to cash in on swine flu epidemic

Indian drug manufacturer Natco Pharma has filed an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) with the FDA for a generic version of Tamiflu (oseltamivir), challenging Gilead Science’s patent protection on the drug.

Impax challenges Simcor patent

On 26 November 2010, generic drug maker Impax Laboratories announced that it is challenging the patent covering Abbott Laboratories’ cholesterol-treatment drug, Simcor (niacin/simvastatin).

Pharmacy chains in Norway do not stock generics

It turns out that pharmacy chains in Norway do not stock the cheapest generic products. This finding came after the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NoMA) investigated after receiving a complaint from the British generics manufacturer Arrow that its products were not sold in branches of the three largest pharmacy chains in Norway: Apotek1 (Phoenix), Vitusapotek (Celesio) and Alliance/Boots Apotek (Alliance Boots).

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