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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...

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...

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...

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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.

Biota Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Anaconda Pharma

February 26, 2015 8:07 am | News | Comments

Biota Pharmaceuticals has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Anaconda Pharma, a privately-held biotechnology company based in Paris, France. Anaconda Pharma's lead candidate is AP611074, a patented, direct-acting antiviral in development.

UN Health Agency Urges Europe to Step Up Measles Vaccination

February 25, 2015 8:28 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization is urging Europe to step up measles vaccination efforts as countries report thousands of cases of the disease.

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Takeda Expands Pharma Operations in Singapore

February 25, 2015 8:14 am | News | Comments

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Japan's largest drug company, has expanded its Singapore operations by relocating its emerging markets business unit to the city-state from Zurich, executives said at an inauguration ceremony Wednesday.

Report: Vitamin Supplement Market Expected to Increase by 60 Percent by 2020

February 24, 2015 3:19 pm | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

The analysis by New York-based Persistence Market Research predicted Vitamin D supplements would lead the growth in the industry over that span. The report expects increasing geriatric populations, particularly in Asia, to bolster demand for Vitamin D.

Jacobs to Design Ireland Biologic Facility for BMS

February 24, 2015 8:03 am | News | Comments

Jacobs Engineering Group has received a contract from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to provide architectural and engineering services for a new large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, County Dublin, Ireland.

Alkermes Appoints Senior Vice President of Research, Pharmaceutical and Nonclinical Development

February 23, 2015 8:24 am | News | Comments

Alkermes has appointed Mark Namchuk, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President of Research, Pharmaceutical and Nonclinical Development. Dr. Namchuk will be responsible for advancing the company’s early-stage product pipeline.

Mylan Signs Exclusive Agreement with Gilead Sciences to Distribute Sovaldi and Harvoni in India

February 23, 2015 8:13 am | News | Comments

Mylan announced that its Indian subsidiary, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences, under which Mylan has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Sovaldi and Harvoni for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C, in India.

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Indian Health Authorities Say 700 Have Died in Flu Outbreak

February 20, 2015 8:36 am | News | Comments

Health authorities were working to ensure remote hospitals in northern and western India had adequate medical supplies for a flu outbreak that has claimed more than 700 lives in 10 weeks.

China’s Colorectal Cancer Treatment Market Value to Exceed $1 Billion by 2023, says GlobalData

February 18, 2015 8:57 am | News | Comments

The Chinese treatment market for colorectal cancer (CRC) will expand almost fourfold in value from an estimated $259 million in 2013 to $1.05 billion by 2023, at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 15.1%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Hospira Launches First Biosimilar in Major European Markets

February 17, 2015 8:22 am | News | Comments

Hospira today announced the launch of the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody (mAb), Inflectra (infliximab), in major European markets. Inflectra is licensed for the treatment of inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, adult and paediatric Crohn's disease, adult and paediatric ulcerative colitis and plaque psoriasis.

Merck Takes Full Promotional Responsibility for Erbitux in Japan

February 13, 2015 8:43 am | News | Comments

Merck has announced that the company and Bristol-Myers Squibb have agreed to transfer full responsibility for the promotion of Erbitux® (cetuximab) to Merck in Japan as of May 1, 2015

Berlin Measles Traced to Refugees, But Two Cases Linked to US

February 13, 2015 8:00 am | News | Comments

Authorities in Berlin say a spike in measles infections has been traced to unvaccinated refugees but at least two measles cases appear to have come from the United States.

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Bayer Announces Reorganization as ‘Pure Life-Sciences Company’

February 12, 2015 10:39 am | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

The company announced the overhaul of its HealthCare, CropScience and other operations in a letter sent to employees Wednesday, though it indicated specific decisions on what the company will look like next January haven't yet been made.

U.S. Challenges Chinese Export Program

February 11, 2015 11:56 am | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

The United States has accused the Chinese government of providing prohibited subsidies on a wide range of the country's exports, providing an unfair advantage in the marketplace and hindering American businesses.

GSK Acquires GlycoVaxyn for $212M

February 11, 2015 8:36 am | News | Comments

Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners announced today that its BioDiscovery 3 portfolio company, GlycoVaxyn AG, a privately held specialist vaccine biopharmaceutical company, has been acquired by GlaxoSmithKline in an all-cash transaction valuing the company at approximately $212M.

Christie Declines to Take Questions After Vaccination Flap

February 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by JILL COLVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican governor and likely presidential contender had originally been scheduled to address the press three times during the final day of his three-day trip to the United Kingdom. Instead, the availabilities vanished from his schedule, which included lunch with the chancellor of the exchequer and a visit to the famous Globe Theatre.

GlobalData: France’s Pharmaceutical Market Value Will Crawl to $48.2B by 2020 as Generics Limit Growth

February 3, 2015 10:47 am | News | Comments

The French pharmaceutical market is forecast to grow at a tepid Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 0.7% from $46.2 billion in 2014 to $48.2 billion by 2020, restricted by an increasing focus on generic drugs, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Mylan Shareholders Approve Abbott Business Purchase

January 29, 2015 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Mylan announced that its shareholders approved its purchase of an Abbott Laboratories business and its tax-reducing move to the Netherlands. The company also said European Union regulators cleared the deal, which Mylan values at about $5.3 billion.

Vetter Completes Structural Work on New Multi-Functional Development Service and Information Technology Building

January 29, 2015 10:40 am | News | Comments

Following 16 months of construction, the first phase of a modern, multi-functional building at Vetter’s Ravensburg Schuetzenstrasse site has been completed. Estimated to be fully operational by the beginning of 2016, the new facility will contain high-tech laboratories and workplaces for Vetter Development Service, as well as a highly secure data center and additional office space for a total area of 8,500 sqm.

Photo of the Day: Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez

January 28, 2015 11:16 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | News | Comments

It’s financial reporting season and the pharmaceutical industry is no exception. This week Novartis reported that its fourth quarter net income dropped a whopping 26% or “only” $1.49B compared to $2B from a year ago.      

PPD Expands Clinical Supplies Facility in Athlone, Ireland

January 28, 2015 8:07 am | News | Comments

Pharmaceutical Product Development, (PPD) has completed an expansion of its clinical supplies facility in Athlone, Ireland, that will enable the company to double its packaging warehousing capabilities and quadruple its distribution services. Those increases are the result of PPD more than tripling the size of the facility as part of its long-term strategy to expand its global depot network.

Report: Single-Use Bioreactors Market to Grow to $471M by 2019

January 28, 2015 8:02 am | News | Comments

The single use bioreactors (SUBs) market is expected to grow at a double digit CAGR of 18.4% to reach $470.9 million by 2019 from $202.5 million in 2014. Developing markets such as China and India are lucrative markets for single-use bioreactors (SUB), owing to the low cost benefits offered by these nations.

Novartis Posts Fourth Quarter Profit Drop

January 27, 2015 6:53 am | News | Comments

Novartis AG says fourth quarter net income dropped 26 percent but the company still posted a healthy 2014 annual profit. The Basel, Switzerland-based company said Tuesday that fourth quarter net income came in at $1.49 billion, down from $2 billion in the same quarter the year before.

CHMP Issues Positive Opinion for Merck's Investigational Antibiotic SIVEXTRO®

January 26, 2015 11:00 am | News | Comments

Merck announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending approval of the investigational antibiotic SIVEXTRO® for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections in adults.

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