The FDA in March issued an import alert against a Marck Biosciences sterile manufacturing plant in Kheda, India. A July warning letter posted today explains why. Employees recorded data for functions that were not performed. Records, if kept at all, were often put on "scratch paper." The bathroom was filled with mold and an exit loading dock was littered with dead and decaying frogs.
The U.S. Department of Justice closed out its probe of a key Brilinta trial--and without further ado. No additional label warnings. And certainly no forced withdrawal from the U.S. market.
As the FDA considers whether it should approve recently filed biosimilar versions of Johnson & Johnson's Remicade and Amgen's Neupogen, a parade of pharma companies, physicians and payers is coming forward to voice their concerns, not the least of which is how these products will be named. Now another group of concerned parties has joined the chorus: investors.
Eli Lilly has won a "tentative" FDA approval for its knockoff of Sanofi's Lantus, but don't look for it at a pharmacy anytime soon. The insulin glargine injection--to be marketed as Basaglar eventually in the U.S.--faces an automatic 30-month stay after Sanofi filed a suit against Lilly and its partner Boehringer Ingelheim claiming patent infringement.
After releasing an earnings report that showed strong growth in the U.S., India's Sun Pharmaceuticals is recalling nearly 500,000 bottles of antibiotics, a fourth recall since announcing its $4 billion deal to buy compatriot Ranbaxy Laboratories and fix its ongoing quality faux pas.
As expected, Pfizer has submitted an early FDA application for palbociclib, beating a quick path to market with a breakthrough breast cancer treatment that could peak at nearly $3 billion a year.
Biogen Idec has added another bow to its multiple sclerosis quiver. With the FDA's approval of Plegridy, a long-acting form of its popular Avonex, Biogen can fight for an even bigger share of the MS market.
Ever since the FDA drafted a set of rules for biosimilars in 2012, a debate has been raging over whether those drugs should carry the same generic names as the products they emulate. Now, some doctors are weighing in on the issue, urging the FDA to require biosimilars to have different names than branded biotech drugs.
Danish financial regulators took a dim view of Novo Nordisk's decision to spend the weekend pondering the FDA's February 2013 snub to Tresiba before spreading the news of the agency's complete response letter and the major delay that would be triggered by its demand for a new study. And today Novo said it had decided to accept a $90,000 fine to close the books on the incident, not the least bit chastened at the slap on the hand.
The Alabama Supreme Court won't back away from a controversial ruling against Pfizer, in a liability case closely watched by the rest of the pharma industry.