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FDA approves Farxiga generic

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given tentative approval to Novartis for their generic version of AstraZeneca’s diabetes medicine Farxiga (dapagliflozin). Patent issues, however, must be resolved before FDA grants full approval.

Certara technology achieves first FDA virtual bioequivalence approval for a complex generic drug

On 12 June 2019, Certara announced that its Simcyp physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling and simulation technology successfully demonstrated the bioequivalence of a complex generic drug. This has led to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the drug on the agency’s abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) pathway.

FDA approves rituximab biosimilar Ruxience

US-based pharma giant Pfizer announced on 23 July 2019 that it had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its rituximab biosimilar (PF 05280586).

EMA approves two generics for fungal infections

On 29 May 2019, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a marketing authorization for two new generics for the treatment and prevention of fungal infections, Posaconazole Accord and Posaconazole AHCL.

FDA approval for Unichem Lab’s hydrochloride medicines and Teva’s nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Unichem Laboratories a tentative abbreviated new drug approval (ANDA) for their generic hydrochloride tablets, and has approved the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals (Teva).

Teva launches generic testosterone gel and overactive bladder treatment in the US

In April 2019, Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) announced the launch of generic versions of AndroGel (testosterone gel) 1.62% CIII and VESIcare (solifenacin succinate) tablets, 5 mg and 10 mg, in the US.

EMA approves hypertension and Parkinson’s generics

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 26 April 2019 that it had recommended granting marketing authorization for hypertension and Parkinson’s generics.

Stada launches generic Exforge following patent revocation

German generics producer Stada Arzneimittel announced on 20 March 2019 that it is set to launch a generic version of the antihypertensive Exforge (amlodipine/valsartan combination), following the revocation of a Novartis European patent.

FDA approves generics from Amneal and Dr Reddy’s, and Natco submits ANDA

In January 2019, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Amneal Pharmaceutical’s (Amneal) generic Exelon patch and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (Dr Reddy’s) Tosymra nasal spray, and Natco Pharma submitted an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) to FDA for its Ibrutinab tablets.

Mylan launches Advair generic at 70% discount

US-based drugmaker Mylan announced on 12 February 2019 the launch of Wixela Inhub (fluticasone/salmeterol inhalation powder, USP) at a list price 70% less than the originator product, GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) best-selling asthma drug Advair Diskus.