As R&D productivity declines and the age of blockbuster medicines reaches an end, the pharmaceutical industry is looking at ways to extend the profitable life of its products up to and beyond patent expiry.
08-Feb-2017 - Pharma firms using cannabis-derived ingredients have hit out at the lack of standardization and the questionable quality of medical marijuana.
07-Feb-2017 - Roche says it will continue to expand its biologics manufacturing capacity while reducing its small molecule network.
05-Jan-2017 - Shire has sold its MRT messenger RNA platform to RaNA Therapeutics but will retain an equity stake in the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech.
10-Oct-2016 - AstraZeneca will supply Toprol-XL to Aralez Pharmaceuticals Trading for at least 10 years after selling the US rights to the off-patent beta blocker for $175m.
29-Sep-2016 - The Pharma & Biopharma Outsourcing Association (PBOA) has helped negotiate reduced fees for CMOs in the FDA’s proposed reauthorisation of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendment (GDUFA).
28-Sep-2016 - Biosimilar makers have been vocal about product names not differentiating from their reference biologics, so why does the newly-approved Humira copy appear to reference its sponsor, Amgen?
20-Sep-2016 - Sarepta Therapeutics says it is considering selling its FDA priority review voucher to support manufacturing scale-up for Exondys 51, its approved Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy drug.
19-Sep-2016 - Shire says it will appeal a decision invalidating a patent surrounding the controlled-release composition of its ulcerative colitis drug Lialda (mesalazine).
05-Sep-2016 - Elite Pharmaceuticals has received a US FDA warning letter for failing to adequately monitor adverse drug experiences (ADEs).
30-Aug-2016 - Congress has asked the US FDA for information on EpiPen generic submissions and processes in light of a series of price hikes by drugmaker Mylan.
01-Aug-2016 - Regulatory approvals are driving interest in West's Smartdose and Crystal Zenith delivery technologies, the firm says ahead of the launch of a monthly-dose version of Amgen's Repatha.
28-Jul-2016 - A restructuring programme which closed two US facilities and slashed hundreds of jobs has paid off says Amgen, attributing increased margins to better manufacturing efficiencies.
25-Jul-2016 - Subcutaneous versions of its biologic blockbusters - including Mabthera and Herceptin - will help protect against biosimilar competition, says Roche.
13-Jun-2016 - Expect industry guidance on product communication soon says US FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, though a more pragmatic approach to social media will be taken.
26-May-2016 - The US FDA has voted in favour of two combination type 2 diabetes drugs putting Novo Nordisk and Sanofi head-to-head in a crowded market.
20-Apr-2016 - The US FDA has published draft revisions to a thirteen-year old CMC guidance it says will increase the flexibility of post-approval changes for drugmakers.
06-Apr-2016 - The rights to inhaled insulin drug Afrezza have returned to Mannkind Corporation, three months after Sanofi terminated its commercialisation deal.
24-Mar-2016 - Sanofi has challenged an Indian Government decision banning the manufacture and sale of its fixed dose combination diabetes drug, Amaryl MP.
23-Feb-2016 - Sanofi is poised to terminate its Auvi-Q marketing deal says PDL Biopharma, citing manufacturing issues last year which led to a complete recall of the epinephrine injection product.
22-Feb-2016 - Teva has aggressively defended its market share for its blockbuster Copaxone says Momenta, six months after marketing partner Sandoz launched the first generic version in the US.
09-Feb-2016 - Celltrion’s CT-P13 has been declared “highly similar” in safety and efficacy to J&J’s Remicade, and could be recommended for approval by a US FDA committee today.
04-Feb-2016 - Novartis subsidiary Sandoz will commercialise small and large molecule injectables using French delivery tech firm MedinCell’s subcutaneous controlled release platform.
21-Jan-2016 - Mucosis has been awarded a Wellcome Trust grant of €3.7m ($4m) to help develop a Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccine using its intranasal delivery platform.
14-Jan-2016 - MannKind says its Technosphere delivery platform could yield short-term cash and drive long-term growth.
06-Jan-2016 - Dr Reddy’s has changed the colour of its Nexium generic capsules from purple to blue in a bid to resume US sales, as litigation with AstraZeneca continues.