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Anti-addiction film resilient to generics, says Reckitt Benckiser

Reckitt Benckiser: Anti-addiction film buoyed by IP and compliance

Reckitt Benckiser’ opioid addiction drug Suboxone delivered by sublingual film has shown a 'surprising' level of resilience against generic competition, the firm says as it plans to spin-out its pharmaceutical business.

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Robust quality systems differentiate Biocon from other Indian manufacturers, the firm says, despite political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa impacting first quarter 2015 sales.

Analytic science company Waters has acquired all of the assets of MediMass, which includes its Rapid Evaporative Ionization Mass Spectrometry (REIMS) technology, as well as patent applications, software, databases and REIMS expertise.

Hikma has bought defunct manufacturer Ben Venue and says it could reactivate the site in the long-term, despite the transfer of equipment across its sterile injectables network.

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AmerisourceBergen set to pass $100bn sales mark for FY 2014 from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

AmerisourceBergen has reported “outstanding operational and financial performance” for the third quarter 2014, and is set to pass the $100bn revenue mark for the fiscal year. 

Strategic alliances can benefit SMEs as well as Big Pharma, says CRO DZS from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Strategic partnerships are “flexible, cost-effective and will become the trend over the next few years,” says CRO DZS, which has signed a multi-year deal with SBI Pharmaceuticals.

Profits and capacity utilisation up at Lonza in H1 thanks to pharma from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Lonza saw profits and capacity utilisation improve in the first half of 2014 with new pharma and biopharma supply contracts and ongoing restructuring being the key drivers.

Philanthropist gives $650m to Broad Institute for psychiatric research from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Philanthropist Ted Stanley has gifted $650m to the Broad Institute as part of a wider attempt to galvanize research on psychiatric disorders and bring new treatments to market. 

Single-use and M&As drive double-digit growth for Sartorius from BioPharma-Reporter.com

Sartorius Stedim Biotech has attributed strong sales and order growth in the second quarter 2014 to recent acquisitions and demand for single-use products.

PaxVax acquires typhoid vaccine, Swiss manufacturing facility from BioPharma-Reporter.com

Specialty vaccine company PaxVax has acquired the oral typhoid vaccine Vivotif from Crucell, as well as its manufacturing facility in Thörishaus, Switzerland. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Boehringer Ingelheim forges $395m peptide deal with Zealand from BioPharma-Reporter.com

Boehringer Ingelheim has entered a collaboration to develop a peptide candidate for cardio-metabolic diseases in a deal that could net partner Zealand Pharma up to €295m ($395m).

German biopharma ARTES follows GSK’s malaria vaccine announcement from BioPharma-Reporter.com

The German biopharmaceutical company ARTES has announced it is developing a malaria vaccine with Australian non-profit the Burnet Institute.

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G-CON: Pfizer investment an endorsement of 'podular' manufacturing

Pfizer investment an endorsement of 'podular' manufacturing, says G-CON

G-CON says a multi-million dollar investment by Pfizer could hasten the “paradigm shift” in pharma manufacturing towards...

US FDA enforcement evolving in India will drive compliance costs

Indian firms must invest in compliance as USFDA ups enforcement, says S&P

Indian drugmakers must invest heavily in compliance processes in response to the US FDA’s “aggressive surveillance” and...

Ease regulations to cure drug industry antibiotic resistance, says RPS

Ease regulations to cure drug industry antibiotic resistance, says RPS

The current model of antibiotic development “is broken,” says the Professor of Pharmaceutical Innovation at Kings College,...

Zogenix adds abuse deterrents to Zohydro painkiller

Zogenix adds abuse deterrents to Zohydro painkiller

Zogenix has modified its much-debated painkiller Zohydro with abuse-deterrent formulations.

Afrezza approval: Validation for Mannkind's drug and delivery tech

Afrezza approval: US FDA validation for Mannkind's drug and delivery tech

The US FDA approved Afrezza last weekend after deeming that the inhaled insulin drug and the dry...

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