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Developments in the US over state biosimilars substitution rules

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still to finalize guidelines regarding biosimilars and has yet to approve a biosimilar. However, despite this fact, many US states are considering, or have introduced, laws related to the substitution of biosimilars at the pharmacy level [1]. The latest US states to weigh in on the biosimilars substitution debate are Idaho and Pennsylvania.

EMA criticized for redaction of AbbVie’s data

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has once again come under fire for the way it is implementing new European transparency rules for pharmaceuticals. The latest criticism of EMA concerns the way the agency is redacting clinical trials data.

Another old drug to see huge price increase in the US

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals (Catalyst) is preparing to increase the price of Firdapse (3,4-diaminopyridine) for the rare disorder Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). This comes despite the fact that the drug’s active ingredient has been on the market in the US for more than 20 years.

India’s policies prevent secondary patenting and encourage generics

Despite criticism by some of India’s policies when it comes to medicines, others see the country’s patent law and practices as favourable to public health, while still being in line with international trade and intellectual property rules.

Endo accused of Opana pay-for-delay

Specialty drugmaker Endo Health Solutions (Endo) has been accused of paying Impax Laboratories (Impax) more than US$112 million to keep their generic version of its powerful painkiller, Opana ER (oxymorphone), off the market from June 2010 to January 2013.

India drops planned price caps on non-essential drugs

The Indian Government has scrapped plans to extend price cuts on both generic and brand-name drugs to include ‘non-essential’ drugs.

Implications of Canadian–European Trade Agreement for generics

On 26 September 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) successfully concluded negotiations on a trade deal, which will free the movement of goods, services, investment and labour between the two regions. However, some of the provisions in the agreement have been criticized by generics makers for delaying access to medicines by having a negative effect on the generics industry in Canada.

Idaho proposes legislation on biosimilars substitution

The Idaho Board of Pharmacy held a hearing on 5 and 6 August 2014 regarding proposed regulations for the treatment of biosimilars in their state.

Servier and generics makers fined for pay-for-delay

French drugmaker Les Laboratoires Servier (Servier) and five generics companies have been fined a total of Euros 427 million by the European Commission due to practices delaying the entry of generic perindopril, a medicine to treat high blood pressure.

EC expected to dish out more pay-for-delay fines

The European Commission (EC) is planning to fine French drugmaker Les Laboratoires Servier (Servier) and generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) in its latest round of investigations over so-called ‘pay-for-delay’ deals.