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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.

Exposure-response analysis on bioequivalent carbamazepine tablets not clinically relevant proof for toxicity differences

Generic immediate-release carbamazepine tablets are AB-rated generic versions of Novartis’s Tegratol. In this market, Taro is the leading supplier with half the market. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd follows with more than a quarter of the market, and Sun’s Caraco is the third-leading supplier with a share of about 18%. The only other supplier currently in the market is Apotex.

Safety and compliance fears delay UK’s generics substitution

Plans to allow pharmacists to save the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) money by overruling doctors' prescriptions for branded medicines have been delayed after concerns about patient safety and compliance.

Growing western generic APIs markets in India and China

The developing countries India and China represent growing markets for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) from western regulated markets. This is the conclusion of Ms Kate Kuhrt, Director of Generics and API Intelligence at Thomson Reuters. “With the pharmaceutical markets in India and China expected to continue to grow at double-digit rates, while traditional pharmaceutical markets, such as the US, Japan and Western Europe remain stagnant, it is no surprise that many API manufacturers have set their eyes on India and China”, she states.

Pressures on generic medicines put EU healthcare at risk

“The future of the European generic medicines industry is under serious threat, which places both the sustainability of European health care and the European industrial competitiveness at serious risk,” warned Mr Greg Perry, Director General of the European Generics medicines Association (EGA), at an EGA conference on healthcare sustainability on 31 March 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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