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Alabama Supreme Court redux: Pfizer can be sued for generic Reglan harms

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.

Generics snafus give Big Pharma a windfall, but cost U.S. patients billions

FDA actions against India's Ranbaxy Laboratories ostensibly are keeping U.S. consumers safer, but much poorer. The plant bans have also shined a spotlight on how complex drug laws in the U.S. can work against consumers' best interests.

FDA looks at effectiveness of generic blood pressure drugs

Generic drugs underpin the U.S. prescription drug market, making up 80% of the prescriptions written in the country and saving payers billions of dollars annually. But there have always been questions about whether some generics are as effective as the drugs they copy, and the FDA last year kicked off a program to find out.

Big Pharma accused of hatching 'satanic plot' in South Africa

South Africa's Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, lashed out on Friday at a report that Big Pharma is funding a PR campaign aimed at opposing new patent provisions favoring generic drugs, calling it "a conspiracy of satanic magnitude" that would lead to "genocide."

Thank pharma's patent cliff for helping to depress health-spending growth

U.S. healthcare spending is on the rise. But for the fourth year in a row, in 2012, those increases were comparatively modest, a new report says. As to whether it's the Affordable Care Act or lingering effects of the recession that's principally responsible for the slower spending growth, officials are divided. One thing they agree on: Falling drug prices had something to do with it.

How to save money via adherence? Let us count the (possible) ways

Patients, pharmacy benefits managers and drugmakers alike are trying to figure out how to save money through further generics use and better prescription adherence.

Use prescription meds properly, save $200 billion a year

The good news from IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics: Using prescription medicines properly could save $200 billion in annual U.S. healthcare costs. More good news, at least for the pharma business: The institute's ideas for saving money don't all translate to less spending on drugs, branded or otherwise.

Older drugs aren't just cheaper, they're better, study says

Generic drugs already have cost on their side when competing with pricey brands. But according to a new study in Health Affairs, older meds may actually be more effective, too.

Unhappy with price caps at home, Indian drugmakers eye more U.S. growth

It's no big secret that international drugmakers are miffed at India. Revoking a few drug patents and overriding others will do that. But India's own pharma companies have their own beef with government policy--namely government pricing policies.

South Africa follows India's lead with proposed drug-patent reforms

South Africa plans to revamp its intellectual-property laws to make it more difficult for pharma companies to win protection for new versions of older drugs. The move comes soon after India's top court backed strict requirements for drug patents.