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Big Pharma’s strategic detour into generics

After years of warding off generics, large pharmaceutical companies are embracing generic drug manufacturers and vying for a share of the off-patent drugs business. Indian generic companies, once considered business pariahs, are the focus of plenty of action, Anju Ghangurde reports in Scrip News of 9 December 2009.

Big Pharma finally warms to generic pariahs

After years of warding off generics, large pharmaceutical companies are embracing generic drug manufacturers and vying for a share of the off-patent drugs business. Indian generic companies, once considered business pariahs, are the focus of plenty of action, Anju Ghangurde reports in Scrip News of 9 December 2009.

Very few API plants in China allowed to supply the EU

Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Amalia Sartori has questioned the European Commission (EC)’s estimate that 20,000 active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) producers supply the EU, which was used to justify not having mandatory inspections.

Confusion about number of European API plants in China

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has questioned the European Commission (EC)’s estimate that 20,000 active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) producers supply the European Union (EU), which was used to justify not having mandatory inspections, and the CEO of Hovione added that the numbers have been “dramatically misunderstood”.

Death sentence for six Chinese drug fakers

The Times of India reported on 10 December 2009 that six Chinese traders who exported fake anti-malaria drugs to Nigeria under the “Made in India“ label have been sentenced to death, the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing has said. But the ministry gave no further details about the identity of the traders.

FDA compared generic and innovator drugs based on 12 years of bioequivalence data

In the US, manufacturers seeking approval to market a generic drug product must submit data demonstrating that the generic formulation provides the same rate and extent of absorption as (i.e., is bioequivalent to) the innovator drug product. Thus, most orally administered generic drug products in the US are approved based on results of one or more clinical bioequivalence studies.

Competition in China’s generic drug market intensifies

Patent protection for 35 kinds of the best-selling drugs is on track to expire by 2010, including medicines for the treatment of ulcers, hypertension and hyperlipemia. This is expected to have a major impact on the Chinese pharmaceutical industry, where generic drugs account for 97% market share. Industry analysts pointed out that although China has a large production scale of generic drugs, the level of technology remains relatively low. China is home to more than 6,000 pharmaceutical makers. Most of them battle it out at the low end of the price scale with the result that, the country’s profit margin in generic drugs is only equal to one-sixth of the international average.

Pfizer aims for Japanese generics market

Yet another US drugmaker is making eyes at Japan. Pfizer, the world's largest drugmaker, said on 19 November 2009 that it may start selling generic drugs in Japan from 2011 as part of its efforts to diversify its operations.

Multinationals trying to bring Indian generics into disrepute

India has alleged that some multinational companies have again been trying to bring its generics industry into disrepute.

Generic polypill could reduce heart disease

Could a combination of three blood-pressure-lowering drugs at low doses, with a statin, aspirin, and folic acid in one pill (the polypill), reduce cardiovascular events by more than 80% in healthy individuals? This was examined in a study funded by Cadila Pharmaceuticals in Ahmedabad, India (that wants to market the polypill as the ‘Polycap’), in which the effect of such a pill was assessed on blood pressure, lipids, heart rate, and urinary thromboxane B2, as well as its tolerability.