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'Terrified' Western execs face inquisition-style grilling in China

Pharma may not have expected a Chinese Inquisition, but that's what pharma is getting. As the Wall Street Journal reports, China's anti-corruption drive is taking a page not only from Mao's book, but from medieval church enforcers.

Merck joins Bahrain venture

Western drugmakers are looking to the Persian Gulf, Middle East and Africa for the growth they aren't finding in their usual stomping grounds. Now Merck is partnering to build an insulin plant in Bahrain.

Sanofi chief: Emerging markets are worth the hassle

On the path into emerging markets, drugmakers have stumbled across a thorny regulatory bush here, a pricing sinkhole there--not to mention a couple of big bad wolves in the form of Chinese investigators and Indian patent police. But Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher figures that, whatever the obstacles, the journey will pay off.

West Pharma opens second CMO plant in China

Counting on a boom in the Asian demand for injectables, contract manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services has opened the doors on a nearly 40,000-square-foot facility.

Parexel launches China-focused service as local demand heats up

While drug developers have been outsourcing studies in China for years, the country's fast-growing local market has created a need for in-China, for-China services. That's why CRO giant Parexel has launched Dĭng Huī, a Beijing-headquartered offshoot dedicated to helping clients get their therapies on the Chinese market.

Boehringer's China expansion hits as probes leave market in turmoil

Germany's Boehringer Ingelheim two years ago started on a major addition to its operations in China as that rapidly expanding market looked like the promised land to many drugmakers. But the new facilities are coming online even as drugmakers have become the focus of bribery scandals that have put a deep chill over the industry there.

Sanofi building its largest African plant in Algeria

Sanofi said today that it will invest €70 million ($95 million) to build a manufacturing facility that at full capacity will be able to turn out 100 million units a year. That will be about 80% of the volume distributed by Sanofi in Algeria.

Merck KGaA overhauls pharma management to boost growth

Merck KGaA is rejigging its pharmaceuticals management, promoting pharma chief Stefan Oschmann to a new job overseeing prescription and consumer drugs, biosimilars and allergy fighters, previously segregated under separate management.

FDA warning points to infrastructure issue in India

Some Indian drugmakers have complained about failing infrastructure that leaves power and water supplies uncertain in that country, creating obstacles for manufacturing. A recent warning letter to an API maker in Mumbai illustrates the impact that can have.

FDA names Kashmir-born official to head India operations

The FDA has selected Altaf Ahmed Lal, an Indian-born Ph.D., to take over management of its expanding operations in India. Lal says collaboration with Indian regulators and drugmakers in the country is key to his plans there but acknowledged that his new position "presents a rather daunting challenge."