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Hospira acquires manufacturing, R & D facilities in India

On 29 August 2012, US-based Hospira announced an agreement to acquire an API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) manufacturing facility, together with an associated research and development (R & D) facility, from Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals. The modern, FDA-approved facility is costing approximately US$200 million. Acquisition of this leading Indian pharmaceuticals company is expected to reduce Hospira’s costs, support continuity of supply of key antibiotic products and pave the way for future API development [1].

Mylan generics launches in the US

Mylan has 166 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) pending Food and Drug Administration approval representing US$78.4 (Euros 61.3) billion in annual sales. Thirty-five of these are potential first-to-file opportunities, representing US$25.1 (Euros 19.6) billion in annual brand sales (2011 IMS Health figures).

Impax settles patent dispute with Genzyme

Impax Laboratories (Impax) announced on 4 September 2012 that it had reached an agreement with Sanofi subsidiary, Genzyme Corporation (Genzyme), to settle pending US litigation with regard to the production and sale of generic versions of Renvela (sevelamer carbonate) and Renagel (sevelamer hydrochloride).

Injectables may be next on Big Pharma shopping list

The injectables division of Indian pharmaceutical company Strides Arcolab (Strides), known as Agila, is becoming an increasingly attractive potential acquisition for Big Pharma who are looking to expand their portfolios. Strides, based in Bangalore, may already be considering selling Agila, which produces a range of injectable generic medicines for the treatment of cancer and infections, with Pfizer as one possible purchaser.

Pfizer reaches agreement with Impax over generic Detrol

Pfizer has reached an agreement with Impax Laboratories (Impax) over the production and marketing of a generic drug alternative to the bladder-control treatment Detrol LA (tolterodine tartrate). The two companies have ‘settled a patent lawsuit’ based on a licence agreement dated 16 August 2012 that prohibits Impax from selling generic versions of Detrol LA ‘except as permitted under the settlement and license agreement.’

Wockhardt gains approvals for ‘steady stream’ of generics

Wockhardt has won FDA approval for four generics products in a matter of days. On 16 August 2012, the India-based company announced the final approval and immediate product launch of the anti-blood clotting drug clopidogrel bisulfate in 75 mg tablet form, and tentative approval for 300 mg-containing tablets.

FDA approval for generic diabetes drug Actos

On 17 August 2012, FDA gave final approval to Mylan Pharmaceuticals for the first generic version of Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride tablets), for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The approval covers tablets containing 15 mg, 30 mg and 45 mg pioglitazone.

Court upholds decision against AstraZeneca’s omeprazole

On 1 July 2010, the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) upheld the decision of the European Commission (EC), which found that AstraZeneca had abused its dominant position by preventing the marketing of generic versions of Losec (omeprazole).

Gilead makes HIV generics deal

US-based drugmaker Gilead Sciences (Gilead) announced on 2 August 2012 a new collaboration with Indian generics manufacturers to provide low cost HIV medicine to developing countries.

Ranbaxy forfeits exclusivity on generic Provigil

As part of Ranbaxy’s consent decree with FDA, signed in January 2012, the Indian generics major had to agree to relinquish 180-day marketing exclusivity on three pending generic drug applications [1]. Now analysts believe that generic Provigil (modafinil) may have been one of those undisclosed drugs.

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