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China FDA exempts ‘equivalent’ devices from clinical trials

June 18, 2015 12:40 pm | by Elizabeth Orr, FDA | News | Comments

Devicemakers won’t have to stage new clinical trials of their devices to gain approval in China if they can demonstrate that they’re basically equivalent to devices already on the market, Chinese regulators say.

Single-use technology designed for cell cultures up to 2,000 L

May 21, 2015 4:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the biopharmaceutical...

Fibromyalgia Treatment Market Slowing

May 13, 2015 11:08 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The treatment market value for fibromyalgia across the seven major markets will reach $1.9...

Juno Acquires Stage Cell

May 12, 2015 11:15 am | by Juno Therapeutics | News | Comments

Juno Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cancer treatment, announced today that...

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BASF Sells Part of Its Pharma Business

May 11, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

BASF recently announced plans to sell several prominent pharmaceutical ingredients to Siegfried Holding AG for $306 million.

Afghan Poppy Farmers Say New Seeds Will Boost Opium Output

May 5, 2015 11:24 am | by Mirwais Khan and Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Market To Grow To $8.2 Billion

April 30, 2015 11:46 am | News | Comments

The global treatment market value for prostate cancer will expand more than threefold by 2023.


Epigenomics Receives $3.1 Million Grant

April 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Epigenomics AG | News | Comments

Epigenomics AG today announced that the Company will receive an EU grant under the industrial leadership Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. 

Mylan Raises Offer To Acquire Perrigo

April 29, 2015 11:08 am | by Mylan | News | Comments

Mylan N.V. today announced that it has increased its offer to acquire the issued and to be issued shares of Perrigo.

Sartorius Stedim Biotech Acquires BioOutsource

April 17, 2015 12:10 pm | by Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group | News | Comments

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), an international supplier for the biopharmaceutical industries, today acquired the Scottish company BioOutsource Ltd.

Innate Pharma and Sanofi Collaboration

April 16, 2015 11:28 am | by Innate Pharma SA | News | Comments

Innate Pharma SA has entered into a collaboration with Sanofi to apply site-specific conjugation technology to the development of new Antibody Drug Conjugate

French Lawmakers OK Healthcare Bill Targeting Anorexia

April 15, 2015 10:53 am | by Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press | News | Comments

Too-thin models, too much drinking, sexy cigarette packs: France's parliament is cracking down on all of these in a sweeping bill designed to improve public health and trim public health costs.


Report: Policy Stunting Growth of German Pharma Industry

April 15, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A 2011 law overhauling the German pharmaceutical industry will be the biggest impediment to growth in the sector over the next several years, according to a new report.

Cancer Surge in China Prompts Rise of Special Patient Hotels

April 13, 2015 1:29 pm | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many so-called cancer hotels dot the neighborhoods around Chinese hospitals, giving patients an affordable, cozy place to wait for appointments and undergo outpatient treatment.

Merck, Asian and African Universities Collaborate on Diabetes

April 13, 2015 12:49 pm | by Merck | News | Comments

Merck is introducing Clinical Diabetes management for more than 5000 medical students in 18 medical colleges of Maharashtra University as part of Merck Capacity Advancement Program (CAP) in Asia.

FDA Questions Evidence for Lower-Risk Tobacco Product

April 8, 2015 10:48 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators have questions about tobacco maker Swedish Match's bid to become the first to market a smokeless tobacco product as less harmful than cigarettes.

Microbix Signs Virology Distribution Agreement for South Korea

April 6, 2015 12:23 pm | News | Comments

Microbix Biosystems has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Kim & Friends, Inc. The agreement provides Microbix with improved access to the key South Korean market for its virology products.


Asia Agencies Purchase U.S. Simulation Software

April 6, 2015 12:01 pm | by Simulations Plus | News | Comments

Simulations Plus announced that several regulatory agencies around the world have added licenses of software for pharmaceutical discovery and development within the past three months.

Pfizer Stops China Vaccine Sales as Import License Expires

April 2, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer has stopped selling its Prevnar 7 pneumonia vaccine in China after its import license expired, but the U.S. drugmaker still intends to launch the world's most widely used vaccine, Prevnar 13, in that market.

UK Prime Minister Apologizes for Tainted Blood Scandal

March 25, 2015 3:20 pm | News | Comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday apologized to thousands of patients who were infected from contaminated blood during the 1970s and 1980s.

ImmunoGen Lands Licensing Deal with Takeda

March 23, 2015 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Takeda will use ImmunoGen's technology to develop cancer treatments. ImmunoGen will get $20 million upfront and is eligible for milestone payments potentially totaling up to $210 million, plus royalties on sales.

German Court Orders Vaccination Cynic to Pay for Virus Proof

March 16, 2015 8:18 am | News | Comments

A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

Johnson Matthey Commissions New High Containment Manufacturing Capacity in Edinburgh, UK

March 13, 2015 2:06 pm | News | Comments

Johnson Matthey, a provider of pharmaceutical services, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and catalyst technologies, has announced completion and commissioning of new high containment facilities for potent product manufacture at its Edinburgh, UK site (Macfarlan Smith).

Pernix to Acquire Zohydro® ER Franchise from Zogenix

March 11, 2015 8:14 am | News | Comments

Pernix Ireland Limited has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Zohydro ER franchise from Zogenix, Inc. The acquisition includes three extended release hydrocodone products, including an abuse-deterrent pipeline and all related intellectual property.

Pfizer Receives European Approval for New Indication for Prevenar 13

March 3, 2015 8:47 am | News | Comments

Pfizer has announced that the European Commission approved an expanded indication for the use of Prevenar 13 for the prevention of pneumonia caused by the 13 pneumococcal serotypes in the vaccine in adults aged 18 years and older.

GSK Completes Transaction with Novartis

March 2, 2015 3:48 pm | News | Comments

Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Switzerland's Novartis AG have completed a three-part deal that will offer the British company's shareholders a 4 billion pound ($6.17 billion) windfall.

Report: Japan's Pharmaceutical Market to See 'Tepid' Growth

March 2, 2015 8:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report from research firm GlobalData predicted Japan will see a "tepid" recovery in its pharmaceutical market over the next several years. The London-based firm estimates Japan’s pharmaceutical market will climb from $72.8 billion in 2013 to $79.8 billion by 2020, a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 1.3 percent.

Life Sentence for German Nurse Who Killed Patients

February 26, 2015 3:21 pm | News | Comments

A German court sentenced a male nurse to life in prison on for killing patients with overdoses of heart medication that he confessed to administering because he enjoyed trying to revive them.

Catalent Expands European Clinical Packaging Capabilities

February 26, 2015 3:01 pm | News | Comments

Catalent Pharma Solutions has announced several expanded capabilities within its European Clinical Supply Services network. The expansions have been implemented in response to increased customer demand for specialty clinical packaging, where the proportion of highly-potent or temperature-sensitive investigational medical products continues to increase.

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