Listed as number three in pharma sales, GlaxoSmithKline has had some rough luck thanks in part to the diabetes drug Avandia, which has been pulled out of Europe and restricted in the U.S after global side effect concerns since 2007. The company cut its losses on the drug, writing off $233 million in supplies and eliminating its marketing efforts of the drug.

The company has racked up some charges against its earnings, including over $6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010 from Avandia and marketing settlements. GSK settled 10,000 Avandia lawsuits for a combined $460 million. Also, the company hit number three on FiercePharma's Top Layoffs of 2010 list with 5,201 jobs lost. While other companies look towards more spinoffs, GSK has focused on emerging markets as its ticket to higher revenue. It purchased Laboratorios Phoenix in 2009 and China's MeiRui in 2010; the UK-based company said the impact of its layoffs would be masked by more job opportunities in Asia and South America.

In early 2011, GSK and Human Genome Sciences gained FDA approval for Benlysta, the first new lupus treatment in more than 50 years, and experts believe it could be a $3 billion to $5 billion worldwide sales heyday for the partnership. But the FDA denied an extended approval and a potential $1 billion in sales to GSK from the prostate drug Avodart. While the drug was effective against low-risk malignant tumors, it potentially heightened the risk of developing more aggressive tumors.

GSK spun off its HIV treatments into ViiV Healthcare in 2009, combining it with Pfizer's former R&D efforts in the field. ViiV markets Ziagen, Trizivir, Epzicom and abacavir as part of its suite of drugs for HIV/AIDS.

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GlaxoSmithKline CEO: Open to spinning off consumer health biz

GlaxoSmithKline pulled off a $20 billion asset swap with Novartis in April, hiving off its oncology business and building up in consumer health and vaccines in one fell swoop. But that restructuring might not be enough, CEO Andrew Witty tells the Financial Times. A future spin-off may be in order.

Still reeling from China bribery probe, GSK faces corruption scandal in Syria

The British company said Thursday that it had received an email containing allegations from a whistleblower pertaining to bribes paid by GSK's consumer healthcare operation in Syria before it was shut down amidst the country's civil war in 2012.

Fluviral, FluLaval Tetra production on hold at Glaxo's troubled Quebec plant

GlaxoSmithKline is in the process of reviewing regulatory results from a June inspection that found that 10 areas of its Ste. Foy, Quebec, vaccine manufacturing plant needed improvements. But in the meantime, Health Canada has imposed a condition on the facility's license, requiring notice before Glaxo resumes production of Fluviral and FluLaval Tetra.

GSK submits world's first malaria vaccine for EMA approval

It's taken 30 years, but GlaxoSmithKline's experimental malaria vaccine is finally ready for regulatory review. Looking to bring the world's first shot for the mosquito-borne disease to market, the pharma giant said Thursday that it has submitted its candidate for approval.

The top 5 vaccine makers by 2013 revenue

Vaccines, which can be complicated and expensive to manufacture, haven't always been the moneymakers they are for some drugmakers today. Last year, the global vaccines market topped $25.56 billion according to Evaluate Pharma, with the world's 6 top-selling shots each cracking the blockbuster barrier.

GSK slimming further as sales fall on Advair competition

GlaxoSmithKline says its three-part deal to sell and combine assets with Novartis should wrap up in the first half of next year and is now turning its attention to selling off some of its established drug portfolio, a category which took a 40% sales hit in the U.S. and 10% in the EU in Q2.

China allows trial of investigators of GSK sex-tape scandal to go public

China has abruptly changed course on its plans to prosecute private investigator Peter Humphrey and his wife Yu Yingzeng in a closed trial. Now Humphrey and Yu, who were arrested last summer as part of China's investigation of bribery charges involving GlaxoSmithKline, will be tried in a public proceeding.

Bioinformatics skills help Codexis strike $25M deal with GSK

Codexis strengthened its ties to small-molecule synthesis this week through a deal with GlaxoSmithKline. The agreement will see GSK pay $6 million upfront and more in milestones to license the platform.

GlaxoSmithKline's melanoma combo beats Roche's Zelboraf in Phase III

GlaxoSmithKline is touting stellar Phase III results for an in-development combo therapy for melanoma, saying its treatment beat out Roche's Zelboraf in overall survival and led independent advisers to recommend an early end for the study.

New scrutiny for GlaxoSmithKline after news of 2001 bribery-related housecleaning in China

GlaxoSmithKline's bribery woes in China apparently go back a bit further than the $489 million scandal that broke last summer. The U.K. company has acknowledged that it fired about 30 staffers in its China vaccines business in 2001 after turning up evidence of corruption.