Generics

US$1.2 FDA contract for generic drug computational tool

Generics/General | Posted 16/04/2021

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (ODG) has awarded a US$1.2 million contract to support the development of a computational tool that will aid generic drug research.

Tentative US approval for Symbicort generic

Generics/News | Posted 23/04/2021

On 8 March 2021, Viatris Inc and Kindeva Drug Delivery LP announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the tentative approval of their generic version of Symbicort® (budesonide/formoterol).

Generics in India

Generics/General | Posted 30/04/2021

India is the world’s largest generic drugs producer, yet the generics market within the country is relatively small. In a recent article [1], Sajid Sheikh and Gunjan Deshpande of the Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai, explore the current status of generics in India.

EMA recommends approval of abiraterone and ioflupane (123I) generics

Generics/News | Posted 07/05/2021

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medical Products for Human Use (CHMP) recommended granting marketing authorizations for two generic medicinal products at its April 2021 meeting.

New in vitro–in vivo simulations predict generic bioequivalence

Generics/Research | Posted 07/05/2021

If we can predict the outcome of bioequivalence studies in the generic drug development process, we can save time and money. Now, a new in vitro–in vivo simulation (IVIVS) approach to predict the in vivo outcome of these studies, published in Materials [1], has been developed by researchers National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Difficult-to-make drugs meet US quality standards

Generics/Research | Posted 14/05/2021

Difficult-to-make prescription pharmaceuticals marketed in the US consistently meet quality standards even when manufactured outside the country, finds a study published in JAMA Network Open [1].

Zydus Cadila and Sandoz generics approvals in North America

Generics/News | Posted 31/05/2021

In April 2021, Zydus Cadila received final approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its ibrutinib and macitentan generics. In addition, in May 2021, Sandoz Canada announced the launch of their pirfenidone, a generic version of F. Hoffmann-La Roche’s Esbriet®.

More out-of-pocket costs for US patients with rising prescription drug prices

Generics/Research | Posted 31/05/2021

Increasing prices of brand-name drugs in the US, leaves patients with increasing costs at the pharmacy, says a study published in JAMA Network Open [1]. 

COVID-19 favipiravir treatment production opens up in Thailand

Generics/General | Posted 04/06/2021

In Thailand, the patent application for favipiravir, a drug widely used to treat COVID-19, has been rejected. This now allows local generics production of the antiviral medication and human trials of a Thai-made version of the drug are underway.

COVID-19 IP waivers could lead to global pharma patent changes

Generics/General | Posted 11/06/2021

At the Nikkei Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on 20 May 2021, Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that he believes Asia should lead in opening-up patent protections to produce generic versions of life-saving medicines.