Approving generics of polymer-based parenteral long-acting drugs

Generics/Research | Posted 26/02/2021

To assure the safety and the efficacy of drugs, quality and batch-to-batch reproducibility need to be guaranteed. In the case of parenteral long-acting products, the regulatory authorities in the European Union (EU) and the US deviate in their guidance, differences include how to define such products and in vitro release assays.

Opportunities for generics with Korean patent expires in 2021

Generics/General | Posted 05/03/2021

As part of ongoing action to improve the quality of generics and ensure an efficient and competitive generics market, the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced that 158 patents for pharmaceutical products will expire in 2021.

The role of authorized generics in improving access to medicines

Generics/Research | Posted 05/03/2021

In recent years, many authorized generic drug products have been launched by pharmaceutical companies at lower prices than their brand-name originators. A recent viewpoint, published in JAMA Internal Medicine [1], discusses the ways that authorized generics are launched in the US. It also considers whether these products improve lower costs and access to medicines.

Posaconazole, silodosin and droxidopa generics from Lupin and Sandoz

Generics/News | Posted 12/03/2021

Early 2021 saw the launch of two generic versions of posaconazole in Canada and the US. In Canada, the first generic version of the drug was launched by pharmaceutical manufacturer Sandoz Canada on 26 January 2021, along with a generic version of silodosin. These launches were followed by the launch of Lupin’s generic posaconazole in the US in mid-February 2021. During the same period, Lupin also announced the US approval of its generic droxidopa capsules [3].

Debate about generic versus brand-name drugs for glaucoma

Generics/Research | Posted 19/03/2021

Glaucoma is a chronic, largely asymptomatic disease that often needs lifelong treatment. The choice of drugs is extremely important as the cost of drugs; side effects and efficacy often affect compliance and adherence to therapy. For a given class of drug, there are three options including brand-name drugs, generics and branded generics. Brand-name drugs are costlier compared to generics and branded generics because they are originator molecules developed by a company after many years of research and come into the market with a patent. Whereas branded generics are produced by a different company once the patent of the originator company expires. Moreover, competition amongst different companies to make the similar formulation of branded generics further reduces the cost.

EMA recommends approval of fourth COVID-19 vaccine

Generics/News | Posted 19/03/2021

11 March 2021 saw the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for the fourth COVID-19 vaccine. After a thorough evaluation, EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that data on the Janssen vaccine were robust and met the criteria for efficacy, safety and quality.  

Teva and Sandoz launch new generics

Generics/News | Posted 26/03/2021

In early 2021, Teva Pharmaceuticals announced the US launch of generic versions of NuvaRing® and AZOPT®. During the same period, Sandoz launched its version of Firazyr.

EMA recommends approval of abiraterone and thiotepa generics

Generics/News | Posted 02/04/2021

In January and February 2021, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) held meetings that led to positive opinions towards the recommendation for approval of two generics, Abiraterone Accord (abiraterone) and Thiotepa Riemser (thiotepa).

Technological approaches to drug repurposing for cancer treatment

Generics/Research | Posted 02/04/2021

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world today, causing nearly 10 million deaths in 2018 alone. Despite extensive research into new treatments, when these eventually reach the market, they are often very expensive. The strategy of drug repurposing is being applied to identify already approved drug products as potential cancer therapies. This can bring new cancer treatments to patients faster and at a lower price. A review, published in Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy [1], summarizes approaches used for drug repurposing and discusses the main barriers to uptake.

Dispensing branded drugs costs Medicare over a billion dollars

Generics/Research | Posted 09/04/2021

Branded drugs dispensed instead of generics at the request of physicians and patients have incurred annual costs of over US$1 billion to the Medicare programme. and US$270 million to patients, reveals a study published in JAMA Network Open [1].