Turns out it's not just India and Egypt that will be getting price breaks on Gilead's hep C star, Sovaldi. The drugmaker is close to reaching an agreement with generics makers to bring low-cost versions of the $84,000 wonder drug to about 80 developing countries, according to EVP Gregg Alton.
Sweden's Recipharm in April issued additional shares, preparing itself for expansion. Now the midsized contract and development group is putting those plans into play, buying an Italian company for more than $160 million, getting new business in Italy and emerging markets, as well as new capabilities.
Global med tech companies could soon face mounting competition in China, as the country's top health authority is calling for a new set of initiatives to promote homegrown products and jumpstart the domestic industry.
Conspiring to keep distributors from working with generic drugmakers is a no-no in Brazil, and the country's antitrust regulator is fining Merck KGaA for allegedly doing just that. And while the move harkens back to a meeting that happened 5 years ago, it's reflective of actions taken more recently by regulators in the U.S. and EU.
In the 11 years since the Singapore government created a biologics CMO to kickstart the local sector, a who's who of biopharma manufacturers have opened plants in the country. Baxter is among the latest to set up shop in Singapore and is already pushing ahead with expansion plans.
China finally has a verdict on the husband-wife investigator team linked to GlaxoSmithKline's bribery scandal: U.K. citizen Peter Humphrey is headed for 2.5 years behind bars, and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng, will get 2 years, Pharmafile reports.
General Electric's $2 billion commitment to invest in Africa includes the launch of a program to train biomedical engineering technicians in Nigeria, where patients are dying of treatable conditions because the devices to treat them are left unfixed due to a lack of know-how, according to a prominent nongovernmental organization.
Quintiles has signed a deal with a Roche diagnostics subsidiary to offer cancer screenings in China, looking to capitalize on the growing market for clinical trials in the country.
The $84,000 U.S. treatment price that Gilead Sciences is charging for its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi has elicited pleas from politicians and threats from payers, who say the U.S. healthcare system cannot bear the cost. But in India, Gilead will offer it at a discount--a 99% discount.
To aid it with marketing its oncology lineup in India, the French drugmaker has brought on local company Emcure Pharmaceuticals, PMLiVE reports.