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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.

Zydus gets FDA approval for skin, heart and acid reflux generics

Zydus Cadila has received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market betamethasone dipropionate cream, 0.05%, a generic version of Diprolene® AF, and generic amlodipine and atorvastatin tablets (Caduet®). It has also received tentative FDA approval to market generic esomeprazole magnesium delayed-release capsules (Nexium®). This brings the total approvals of the Zydus group to 247, and it has so far filed over 330 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) since the filing process commenced in the 2003‒2004 financial year.

FDA approves Lupin’s generic clobazam and Dr Reddy's launches follow-on sevelamer carbonate

By end of 2018, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its clobazam oral suspension, 2.5 mg/mL, and Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd (Dr Reddy) launched its sevelamer carbonate for oral suspension.

Teva receives FDA approval for Sabril and launches Elidel cream

In January 2019, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (Teva) received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its first generic version of Sabril (vigabatrin) and launched a generic version of Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream, 1%, in the US.

Sun Pharma gets FDA approval for ganirelix acetate and plans to acquire Japan’s Pola Pharma

Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Sun Pharma), one of India’s largest pharmaceutical company, marks the start of 2019 with two exciting new developments.

Dr Reddy’s launches omeprazole and continues sales of generic Suboxone in the US

India-based generics manufacturer Dr Reddy’s is set to have a busy 2019 with the recent launch of generic omeprazole delayed-release tablets for the treatment of heartburn, and the lifting of a US injunction on its anti-narcotic addiction generic Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone).

Sandoz to launch epinephrine in early 2019 at a discount to Mylan and Teva’s generics

Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, will launch Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp’s EpiPen (epinephrine) generic Symjepi in early 2019. Symjepi received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its 0.3 mg pre-filled single dose syringe in June 2017 [1], and for its lower dose version (0.15 mg) in September 2018. Epinephrine injectors are used for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) caused by allergens, exercise or unknown triggers. These can include reactions to insect bites or stings, foods, medications, latex or other causes.

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