GlaxoSmithKline is breaking out the broom once again to clean up its act in China. It's dismissed more than 100 employees there for misconduct in part of what it calls a "zero tolerance" approach--but the fired workers aren't taking their dismissal lying down.
South Africa-based Aspen Pharmacare is looking for more overseas products and companies to snap up. CEO Stephen Saad tells Reuters that he's "looking the hardest" in Asia.
Western drugmakers finding their way into the Middle East and North Africa are being met by some domestic companies expanding operations in an effort to take on this competition. Among those is MS Pharma, which is now expanding manufacturing in Jordan with a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Medical device companies have been jittery about being accused of corruption in China ever since the infamous crackdown on GlaxoSmithKline in 2013, which resulted in a $490 million fine for bribery.
Indian diagnostics company Thyrocare, which touts itself as "the world's largest thyroid testing laboratory," is planning an IPO on the Indian stock market by the end of June with hopes of raising $85 to $100 million.
Two Indian vaccinemakers are ramping up production of their swine flu vaccines, to replace stocks that were destroyed recently after they expired.
Last September, Takeda announced it would be putting vaccines into their own specialty business unit to "accelerate the globalization" of the business. And now, it's positioning the unit geographically to do the same.
Takeda's revenues and profits will be down for the second year running. But COO Christophe Weber is promising better things to come. With a reorganization in place and some new drugs in the market and the pipeline, he said investors can expect growth going forward.
The Indian government has revealed details of its plan to establish itself as a supplier of low-cost, high-quality generic medicines. Instead of relying on the big beasts of Indian generics production, the government is to source its drugs from small and medium-sized players.
The GlaxoSmithKline officials accused of orchestrating its $489 million Chinese bribery scandal may have dodged prison sentences in the country, but a Shanghai health official linked to the British pharma won't be so lucky.