Generics/News

Five Chinese companies join UN’s MPP for Covid-19 medicines

Generics/News | Posted 22/04/2022

Five pharmaceutical companies in China have signed up to the United Nation’s (UN) Medicine Patent Pool (MPP) which will allow them to produce generic versions of Pfizer's oral COVID-19 treatment, Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir/ritonavir), for distribution in 95 low- and middle-income countries, approximately 53 per cent of the world's population.

South Korean companies to make generic Bridion and COVID-19 drugs

Generics/News | Posted 15/04/2022

In South Korea, 19 pharmaceutical companies have obtained marketing approval for generic drugs of MSD’s Bridion (sugammadex). In addition, Korean pharma companies Celltrion, Dongbang and Hanmi Pharmaceutical, will be supplying generic COVID-19 drugs to middle- and low-income countries.

Revlimid (lenalidomide) generics launch across Europe

Generics/News | Posted 01/04/2022

In late February 2022, a number of generics of Revlimid (lenalidomide) were launched in Europe. These will now rival Bristol Meyers Squibb’s blockbuster oncology medicine.

Cancer and diabetes generic treatments receive positive opinion from EMA’s CHMP

Generics/News | Posted 25/03/2022

The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) announced on 28 January 2022 that three generic medicines had received a positive opinion from the committee.

FDA approves first Restasis generic

Generics/News | Posted 25/02/2022

On 2 February 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first generic of Restasis (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion).

FDA approves schizophrenia and anti-allergy drugs

Generics/News | Posted 18/02/2022

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted tentative approvals to Zydus Cadila and Morepen Laboratories for treatments for schizophrenia and allergy symptoms, respectively.

Pfizer to produce generic COVID-19 pill in eight countries of Latin America

Generics/News | Posted 14/01/2022

US-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced a licensing agreement to allow other manufacturers to produce generic versions of its COVID-19 pill Paxlovid (PF-07321332*) in order to generate more affordable access to developing countries.

First eslicarbazepine epilepsy generic to be approved in China

Generics/News | Posted 10/12/2021

In China, the Yangtze River Pharmaceutical Group submitted the first marketing application of a class 3 generic drug, eslicarbazepine acetate, for use to treat patients with epilepsy, on 15 October 2021.

Pfizer and Merck COVID-19 antiviral progress

Generics/News | Posted 12/11/2021

Pfizer has announced that its COVID-19 oral antiviral candidate, Paxlovid, can significantly reduce hospitalization and death of COVID patients. At the same time, Merck is under pressure to get its COVID-19 antiviral, molnupiravir, to reach those in developing countries.

Sun Pharma and Dr Reddy’s generics progress in EU and US

Generics/News | Posted 05/11/2021

October 2021 saw the steps forward in the approval of a Sun Pharmaceutical’s sitagliptin fumarate generic in Europe, and Dr Reddy’s lenalidomide generic in the US.