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FDA approves two new Seroquel XR generics

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two generic versions of Astra Zeneca’s antidepressant Seroquel XR, which has a billion-dollar market in the US.

Vytorin generic launched in the US

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a generic version of the anti-cholesterol drug Vytorin, which will be launched on the US market by Impax Laboratories Inc (Impax).

First Advair generic launched in the US

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) has announced the launch of AirDuo RespiClick and its authorized generic, the first competitor to GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) best-selling asthma drug Advair in the US.

Patent challenges hit Actavis and Acorda

Teva Pharmaceuticals’ subsidiary Actavis and neurological drug specialist Acorda Therapeutics have both faced patent challenges recently over treatments for acne and multiple sclerosis, respectively. 

FDA approves Akorn’s mycophenolate mofetil following Form 483 resolution

US-based generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, Akorn Inc has announced that its sterile manufacturing site in Decatur, Illinois, USA has received a No Action Indicated (NAI) status from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is following the sites re-inspection in December 2016.

Generic antidepressant launched in the US

US pharma giant Pfizer is facing competition for its antidepressant Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) with generics hitting the market in the US.

FDA approves rare disease deflazacort at exorbitant price

Deflazacort is a steroid treatment that has long been approved in many countries outside the US. In February 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Marathon Pharmaceuticals’ deflazacort (Emflaza) for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. However, it is reported that the drug will come with a devastating price-tag of US$89,000 a year, far more than prices charged abroad.

Generic lung cancer treatment now available in China

A generic version of AstraZeneca’s Iressa (gefitinib) has been released onto the market in China. This generic drug is being marketed under the brand name Yiruike and is produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company, Qilu Pharmaceutical (Qilu).

US approves generic of narcolepsy drug Xyrem

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first generic version of Xyrem (sodium oxybate) – the only drug approved to treat the sudden muscle weakness seen in narcolepsy.

Endo launches generic version of Zetia

Ireland-based Endo International plc has announced that its operating company Par Pharmaceutical will ship the first generic version of Merck & Co’s blockbuster cholesterol medication Zetia.