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Luitpold buys PharmaForce for generic injectables

07-Jan-2010 - Daiichi-Sankyo subsidiary Luitpold Pharmaceuticals has acquired PharmaForce, giving it a 40,000 sq ft cGMP compliant sterile manufacturing facility and a 20,000 sq ft API production plant.

Next step towards generics, Pfizer teams with Strides

07-Jan-2010 - Pfizer will soon sell more generic pharmaceuticals in the US after its agreement with Indian non-branded drugmaker Strides Arcolab.

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CyDex awarded additional Captisol patent

06-Jan-2010 - The US PTO has granted CyDex new patent for the production of ultra high-purity modified cyclodextrin.

Ranbaxy sells China JV and changes strategy

05-Jan-2010 - Ranbaxy Laboratories has sold its Chinese JV, Ranbaxy Guangzhou China Limited (RGCL), as part of a new approach to the country’s rapidly expanding drug market.

Merck & Co to buy Avecia Biologics

21-Dec-2009 - US drug major Merck & Co will buy into the UK's contract biologics manufacturing sector with the acquisition of Tees Valley-based Avecia Biologics.

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India's focus on APIs and generics helped growth in 2009

21-Dec-2009 - The Indian pharmaceutical market was worth $10.8bn (€7.5bn) this year and will more than double in value by 2014 according to a new industry report by Cygnus Business Consulting & Research.

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Sanofi targets rural India with generics campaign

14-Dec-2009 - Sanofi Aventis plans to launch 15 new generic products in rural India, under its new Prayas marketing initiative being rolled out through its Hoechst brand.

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Teva and H Lundbeck raided in latest EC antitrust probe

10-Dec-2009 - Officials carried out another set of surprise inspections at pharma companies yesterday, in the latest stage of the European Commission's clampdown on anti-competitive practices.

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Teva extends Codexis biocatalyst deal

09-Dec-2009 - Teva will continue to use Codexis’ biocatalysis technology for key processing steps in the production of four generic drugs under a revised agreement announced last week.

Ratiopharm race heats up: Sanofi, Teva and Sinopharm in the lead

09-Dec-2009 - Sanofi-Aventis, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Sinopharm lead the pack in the race to acquire German generics firm Ratiopharm.

Watson completes Arrow deal, adding generic Lipitor to US portfolio

07-Dec-2009 - Watson Pharmaceuticals gained US rights to market a generic version of Lipitor (atorvastatin) in 2011 with the acquisition of non-branded drugmaker Arrow Group late last week.

Genzyme ships Cerezyme again; Pfizer licenses Protalix’ rival

03-Dec-2009 - Pfizer and Protalix have increased the pressure on Genzyme by signing a new accord to commercialise Uplyso (taliglucerase alfa), a potential rival to its Gaucher’s disease treatment Cerezyme, just days...

Avon gains on US OK for Ranbaxy’s valacyclovir

02-Dec-2009 - Indian API maker Avon Organics’ share price rocketed 10 per cent on the Bombay exchange yesterday after the US launch of a generic herpes treatment by Ranbaxy Laboratories.

Generics hot up: Cipla in talks with Big Pharma; Takeda mulls M&As

01-Dec-2009 - India’s Cipla is in talks with a number of global pharma players, including Pfizer, about potential generics supply deals.

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Pharma faces tax hike, says PwC

01-Dec-2009 - The Pharma sector’s shift away from blockbusters could result in higher taxes according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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Servier’s Irish R&D and manufacturing plant opens

24-Nov-2009 - French drugmaker Servier has opened a new €47m manufacturing and R&D facility in Ireland.

Pfizer may join Japanese generics market in 2011

23-Nov-2009 - Just weeks after completing its billion dollar Wyeth takeover, US drug giant Pfizer has floated the idea of entering Japan’s $5.8bn (€3.9bn)-a-year generic drugs market in 2011 in a bid...

BASF talks novel excipients

18-Nov-2009 - The FDA encourages innovation in excipients to develop new drugs or improve approved therapeutics and IPEC is helping to drive acceptance of these novel products, according to BASF.

Influenza: statins may help, but did aspirin misuse hinder in 1918?

02-Nov-2009 - Early-stage CDC research suggests that the anti-inflammatory properties of cholesterol-busting statin drugs can help mitigate the impact of flu infection.

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Pfizer, GSK and Bayer accept Ecuador’s plan to break patents

29-Oct-2009 - Late last week Ecuador’s government announced plans to sidestep patents on more than 2,000 drugs, enabling them to produced local or imported as “generics”

Valois discusses what patients want from a device

20-Oct-2009 - Patients want nasal delivery devices that are portable, hygienic and can be used discretely, according to a director at Valois who delivered a talk on the company’s side-actuated product at...

EC GMP directive “still alive”; Cargill

19-Oct-2009 - The EC’s plan to make excipients comply with GMP is “still alive”, according to Cargill which spoke to in-PharmaTechnologist at CPhI about its Zerose erythritol product that it claims can...

Critical gains funding for hGH nasal delivery

19-Oct-2009 - Critical Pharmaceuticals has received a £1.5m ($2.4m) award to develop its hGH nasal spray, the market for which could be sizeable as company’s attempt to differentiate in response to generic...

ACRO wants trials for most biosimilars

15-Oct-2009 - ACRO says while a 12-year exclusivity period for innovative drugs is important for R&D, US legislation should include rules on trials for biosimilars

Stralfors says pack service plan can help drugmakers hit deadlines

15-Oct-2009 - Packaging group Stralfors says its recent collaboration with Novo Nordisk proves that its service plan is ideal for projects with strict time-to-market requirements.

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