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Merck Serono teams with Lupin to bring drugs to emerging markets

17-Sep-2014 - Merck Serono has struck a deal with Indian drugmaker Lupin to bring a number of drugs for cardiovascular and diabetes diseases to emerging markets.

Hospira bucks Australian generics downturn with $14m investment

17-Sep-2014 - Hospira has invested 15m AUD ($14m) in a Victoria injectables plant it says will continue to make drugs for export despite the economic downturn and strong Australian dollar.

Indian drugmakers to bring cheap HCV drug Sovaldi to developing world

16-Sep-2014 - Gilead has granted seven Indian drugmakers licenses to produce generic versions of its $1,000 a pill drug Sovaldi to increase access to hepatitis C medicines in 91 developing countries.

Frogs, fungus and falsified data - Indian firm falls foul of US FDA

20-Aug-2014 - Indian drugmaker Amanta has received a warning letter after the US FDA found evidence of data falsification and unsanitary conditions – including dead and decaying frogs next to a product...

Boehringer Ingelheim aims to cut German costs 15% as revenues drop

13-Aug-2014 - German jobs are safe despite a programme that will cut the cost of operations by 15%, Boehringer Ingelheim says as it reacts to international price reductions.

Chinese firm imported misbranded API into US, says FDA warning letter

30-Jul-2014 - Zhejiang Jiuzhou Pharmaceutical has received an FDA warning letter after shipping a misbranded active pharmaceutical ingredient to the US.

Amgen to slash 23% of its manufacturing footprint and 2,900 US jobs

30-Jul-2014 - Amgen is slashing 15% of its workforce and closing two US manufacturing facilities as part of a restructure the firm says will save $700m (€520m) a year.

Biocon: Political turmoil hits sales, but quality systems ensure future

29-Jul-2014 - 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.

Ipca halts API shipments to US following 483 at Indian plant

24-Jul-2014 - Ipca Laboratories has halted shipments to the US of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) made from a facility in India following a US FDA inspection.

Drug ingredients were key to Ireland's manufacturing growth in 2013 says CSO

21-Jul-2014 - Basic pharmaceuticals including APIs became even more important revenue generators for Ireland in 2013 according to new data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

FDA proposed rule could delay import of excipients, PhRMA says

15-Jul-2014 - Although industry group PhRMA has called for the full implementation of a proposed rule that would allow the US FDA to destroy detained drugs deemed to be counterfeit or unapproved,...

Actavis cuts down Forest as $28bn acquisition closes

10-Jul-2014 - Actavis says it is closing facilities in St. Louis, Missouri affecting 190 jobs a week after completing the $28bn (€21bn) acquisition of Forest Laboratories.

China demands ‘famous brand’ suppliers and added value, says Romaco

30-Jun-2014 - Chinese pharma is looking for added value and “famous brands” from its processing providers, the tableting and packaging supplier Romaco has said. 

Teva's 70+ manufacturing sites could be halved in efficiency drive

12-Jun-2014 - Teva could halve its manufacturing network as part of its $2bn-a-year efficiency programme says CFO Eyal Desheh, with most cuts hitting its core generics business.

Foreign execs flocking to Asia to meet growth demands, says recruiter

12-Jun-2014 - Local talent is not satisfying the “tremendous” demand for top-level pharma employees in Asia and recruiters are searching internationally for candidates, a pharmaceutical head-hunter has said.

Actavis' $48m investment reassuring for Puerto Rico, says PRIDCO

05-Jun-2014 - The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) says Actavis’ investment at two facilities is evidence of continued pharma growth, despite a number of recent closures on the island.

EU austerity hurting generics firms and may cost jobs says industry group

03-Jun-2014 - European pharmaceutical manufacturing jobs are at risk according to a group representing generic firms which says price caps in EU member states are hurting drugmakers.

Pfizer JV indicative of burgeoning UAE drug sector says DuBiotech

03-Jun-2014 - Tax breaks and the promise of preferential treament for locally made drugs were key to attracting Pfizer to the UAE says DuBiotech.

Boehringer Ingelheim eyes growing Saudi market with local collaborations

06-May-2014 - Boehringer Ingelheim says the Saudi Arabian market is a huge drive for big pharma as it teams with local firms to manufacture secondary packaging for 26 products.

Bayer buys Merck & Co.'s OTC business for $14.2bn

06-May-2014 - Bayer says it will become the OTC leader in North America having acquired Merck & Co.’s consumer health business for $14.2bn (€10.2bn), in the latest shift in Big Pharma assets....

Hospira: New Vizag plant online this year despite US FDA 483

05-May-2014 - Hospira says approval for its new manufacturing facility in India is still on track despite receiving a Form 483 form the US FDA with ten observations.

Emerging excipient markets to outpace Western markets, report says

30-Apr-2014 - Experts have predicted emerging Indian and Chinese markets will outpace Western markets as the $2.3bn oral solid dosage form (OSDF) excipients global market grows at a sustainable rate.

Industry seeks to expand investments in manufacturing, report finds

28-Apr-2014 - As pharma manufacturers look to cut costs and increase quality, over 70% of industry executives interviewed for a recent CPhI report say they are actively investing in manufacturing techniques and...

Indian state regulator suspends manufacture of drug at Wockhardt plant

24-Apr-2014 - Indian authorities have suspended the manufacture of a Wockhardt fixed dose combination drug, the company has announced in a filing.


AZ for $100bn? Pfizer could buy Azerbaijan and keep the change

22-Apr-2014 - With Pfizer rumoured to be on the brink of a mega-merger with AstraZeneca, brings you an interactive view of what £60bn ($101bn) could get.

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