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Ranbaxy recalls generic atorvastatin in US

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals (Ranbaxy) has fallen foul of FDA once again. The Indian generics major announced on its US website that it is conducting a voluntary recall for certain batches of its atorvastatin calcium tablets, a generic version of Pfizer’s blockbuster cholesterol-reducing drug Lipitor.

Generics competition for Pfizer’s sildenafil

Apotex Corporation, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Mylan, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Watson Laboratories have all received FDA approval for bioequivalent generic versions of Pfizer’s Revatio (sildenafil citrate – Viagra in Europe) in the US market following the approval by FDA of the generics companies abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for sildenafil tablets.

German court rules Seroquel XR patent invalid

AstraZeneca has lost another battle to protect its blockbuster anti-psychotic drug Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) against generics.

FDA ordered to let Watson sell generic Actos

Watson Pharmaceuticals (Watson) has finally won its legal battle to be able to sell a generic version of Takeda Pharmaceutical’s diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone hydrochloride). A US judge ordered FDA to approve Watson’s generic pioglitazone against the agency’s decision to bar Watson during the first six months of generics availability.

Mylan sues FDA over Ranbaxy’s generic Diovan exclusivity

US-based Mylan has sued FDA for refusing to grant approval to sell a generic version of Novartis’s heart treatment, Diovan HCT (valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide), ‘after a competitor failed to get the drug on the market in time’.

Teva withdraws generic antidepressant from US

Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva), the world’s largest generics manufacturer, has removed its Budeprion XL 300 mg generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s antidepressant Wellbutrin XL (bupropion) from the US market after regulators said it is not therapeutically equivalent to Wellbutrin XL 300 mg.

Mylan debuts first generic Diovan HCT and Antivert in USA

Mylan is first off the mark once again with its latest generics launch. Mylan announced on 21 September 2012 that its subsidiary Mylan Pharmaceuticals has received final approval from FDA for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide tablets USP.

Bayer loses Nexavar compulsory licence appeal

Bayer has lost its appeal to the Indian Government’s decision to grant a compulsory licence for its cancer drug Nexavar (sorafenib).

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).

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