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US appeals court halts Pulmicort generics

On 25 May 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a temporary injunction in the US stopping generics of AstraZeneca’s asthma treatment Pulmicort Respules (budesonide inhalation suspension).

Ranbaxy pays US$500 million to resolve US litigation

In what has been hailed as the largest ever settlement of its kind involving a drug safety settlement with a generics manufacturer, Ranbaxy Laboratories (Ranbaxy) pleaded guilty to violations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act (FDCA) and making false statements.

Sanofi fined for discouraging generic clopidogrel prescriptions

On 14 May 2013, French drugmaker sanofi-aventis was fined Euros 40.6 million by the French competition authority (L’Autorité de la concurrence) for marketing practices that discouraged sales of generic versions of its blood thinner Plavix (clopidogrel).

FDA rejects Endo petition to stop Opana ER generics

On 10 May 2013, FDA announced that it had rejected a petition by Endo Pharmaceuticals (Endo) to stop generics of its powerful painkiller, Opana ER (oxymorphone).

Actavis makes agreement for generic abuse-deterrent oxycodone

US generics maker Actavis (formerly Watson) announced on 26 April 2013 that it had reached an agreement with Purdue Pharma (Purdue) to settle all outstanding patent litigation related to Actavis’ generic version of Purdue’s abuse-deterrent formulation of OxyContin (oxycodone).

Daiichi Sankyo and Ranbaxy announce synergy in Brazil

India-based Ranbaxy Laboratories (Ranbaxy) and its Japanese parent company Daiichi Sankyo announced on 17 April 2013 plans to integrate their generic and brand-name drug business operations in Brazil.

Mylan gains approval for generic of Valeant’s Zovirax

Generics giant Mylan announced on 3 April 2013 that its subsidiary Mylan Pharmaceuticals had received final approval from FDA for its abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for acyclovir ointment 5%.

AstraZeneca settles rosuvastatin lawsuit

UK-based AstraZeneca announced on 25 March 2013 that it had entered into a deal concerning US patent infringement litigation against Actavis (formerly known as Watson Pharmaceuticals) and EGIS Pharmaceuticals with respect to Actavis’ generic rosuvastatin zinc product.

New entrant to generic injectables market

Medical technology company Becton Dickinson announced on 28 March 2013 that FDA had approved the first drug in its line of prefilled generic injectables. This can only be good news for FDA who has been fighting to alleviate drug shortages in the US, most of which are due to shortages in generic sterile injectables.

Mylan launches generics and reaches settlement over metformin

Generics giant Mylan has launched generic versions of fenofibrate capsules, cidofovir injection and levalbuterol. The company has also resolved patent litigation with Shionogi and Andrx related to metformin.

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