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Whooping cough mutations may be weakening vaccine effectiveness

Whooping cough is back with a vengeance, and the culprit may be the changing nature of the bacterium that causes the highly infectious disease.

GSK, J&J, TPI want Australia to ease their pain on poppy supplies

Australia accounts for nearly half of the global supply of opium poppy plants that produce the ingredients needed for pain drugs. But drugmakers are in the midst of a political fight there as they press the government to expand production from the island of Tasmania to Australia's mainland.

Fresenius to build new plant in Australia

Germany's Fresenius Kabi has a grant from a state government in Australia and plans to build a new manufacturing plant there.

DSM opens Australia biologics plant

DSM Pharmaceutical Products had lined up a client for its new biologics plant in Australia even ahead of it opening. But as it officially goes online, it has added yet another deal to the roster.

Australia to track Yervoy patients to see if it's worth the $110K price

Australia is paying for Bristol-Myers Squibb's melanoma drug Yervoy. And Yervoy is expensive. So, Australian officials plan to monitor patients treated with it to see whether the drug lives up to its promise. It's an unusual move--and unprecedented in Australia.

Vaccine refusers to miss out on tax benefits under Australian plan

Australian parents are able to refuse to vaccinate their children while still claiming benefits of up to AU$2,000 ($1,835) by registering as "conscientious objectors." With immunization rates falling below 50% in some parts of the country, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is trying to close the loophole.

Glaxo packs up a tablet packaging line in Australia

GlaxoSmithKline is pretty proud of its rotacaps and its blow-fill-seal lines at its packaging plant in the Melbourne, Australia, suburb of Boronia. Its tablet line, not so much, and the drugmaker will eliminate that line and lay off about a third of the workforce at the facility.

CRO Novotech picks up PE investment to expand in Asia

Australia's Novotech has sold off a 30% stake to private equity firm Mercury Capital, planning to use the money to spread its reach across Asia.

DSM sets June launch for Australian biologics plant

Royal DSM in June will open a new biologics plant in Brisbane, the first custom mammalian-based biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Australia.

Medtronic insulin pumps generate Australian safety alert

Medtronic ($MDT) must deal with an Australian safety advisory concerning some potential problems with its Paradigm insulin pumps.