FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, during a visit to India this year, urged the country to get its regulatory house in order and make sure all of its companies are meeting the highest standards. India, without any reference to Hamburg's plea, says it is doing just that, making a large investment to vastly expand its inspection team.
The GAVI Alliance has already saved about 6 million lives through its funding of low-cost immunization for developing countries. And now, it's looking to save 6 million more through 2020.
The country is in the midst of a full-blown corruption investigation aimed largely at Big Pharma, and now it has picked another target: Swiss drugmaker Roche.
GlaxoSmithKline has been a partner of the GAVI Alliance for years, offering some of its vaccines at low cost to help support immunization efforts for children in emerging countries. But now, it's going one step further with a 5-year price freeze on three of its vaccines for countries that graduate from GAVI funding.
In the face of FDA actions against some of India's biggest drugmakers and a barrage of criticism of its regulators, the Indian government and industry have already responded with a PR campaign, and now India says it will spend more than $500 million to double its inspection staff and upgrade capabilities.
Wipro has won a $400 million contract to manage Takeda's infrastructure. Takeda inked the deal to consolidate its operations, with Wipro becoming its primary provider of IT infrastructure management services.
Any pharma company looking for growth in Egypt has a new target to consider: Amoun Pharmaceutical, one of that country's largest drugmakers. Amoun has hired Jeffries Group to explore a potential sale, Bloomberg reports.
Abbott gets a portfolio of 1,000 new drugs and expects to see its sales in the Latin American market double with its $3 billion buyout out of Chile's CFR Pharmaceutical.
Biosensors International unveiled its innovative bare-metal cobalt chromium system months after rumors of a takeover.
China's WuXi PharmaTech has completed work on a biologics safety testing facility in Suzhou, adding 38,000 square feet of lab space to its sprawling presence in the area.