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Generics lose battle against AstraZeneca’s Crestor (rosuvastatin)

On 30 June 2010, AstraZeneca announced that a court in the US had overruled challenges, from a number of generic producers, to the patent on its blockbuster cholesterol drug, Crestor (rosuvastatin).

Ranbaxy launches generic atorvastatin in South Africa

Sales of Pfizer’s Lipitor (atorvastatin), the world's biggest-selling drug, are expected to take another blow as Ranbaxy South Africa (Ranbaxy SA) announced the launch of a generic version of atorvastatin onto the South African market on 8 June 2010.

Approval of ‘hybrid generic’ PecFent (fentanyl) in EU

On 25 June 2010, Archimedes Pharma (Archimedes) announced that it had received a positive opinion from the CHMP of the EMA for its ‘hybrid generic’ PecFent (fentanyl).

Bayer sues Teva over generic Yaz contraceptive

On 15 June 2010, German-based Bayer Schering Pharma (Bayer) announced that it was suing the Israeli generic giant, Teva Pharmaceuticals (Teva), for false advertising and patent infringement in connection with Teva’s generic oral contraceptive, Gianvi. Teva’s product is sold as a generic version of Bayer’s leading oral contraceptive Yaz.

Teva changes generic Yaz contraceptive label

Israeli generic giant Teva Pharmaceuticals has agreed to change the labelling on its generic oral contraceptive, Gianvi, after Bayer Schering Pharma (Bayer) filed a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely claiming its drug was identical to Bayer’s Yaz.

Hospira’s generic antibiotic Meropenem approved in US

On 22 June 2010, Hospira announced that it had received approval from the FDA for its generic antibiotic, Meropenem. This is the first generic launched in the antibiotic class and Hospira is the first to market.

Teva gains approval for generic breast cancer and anti-depressant drugs

The Israeli generics’ giant Teva Pharmaceuticals is racing ahead in the generics game with the announcement of the approval by the FDA of two new drugs for treatment of breast cancer and depression.

Astra Zeneca losing generic esomeprazole battle

On 17 June 2010, AstraZeneca announced that its efforts in Canada to stop the launch of a generic version of its patented, stomach-acid-relief drug Nexium (esomeprazole), were rejected by the Canadian court.

Ranbaxy launches generic antiplatelet agent Prasita in India

On 10 June 2010, Indian-based Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (Ranbaxy) announced the launch of a generic version of Prasugrel in India. The product, called Prasita, is an antiplatelet agent for the prevention of atherothrombotic events in patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention.

Teva forces Dutch market to use pre-filled MTX syringes

Until recently, the generic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug methotrexate (MTX) was available in The Netherlands in large vials, of which (hospital) pharmacists prepared ready-to-use (RTU) syringes for the weekly treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).