As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to the U.S. to meet with officials, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has one message for him: Don't back down on drug patents.
The Indian government has begun legal action against think tank the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) over a paper on drug quality, The Times of India reports.
The three-way spat between Health Canada, local media and Apotex is rumbling on. Late last week Health Canada won an equivocal thumbs-up from the media for its move to quarantine products from one of Apotex's Indian plants, only for the generic drugmaker to hit back with a press release to "set the record straight."
With a string of regulatory actions against manufacturers showing the dangers of relying heavily on one production plant, India's Strides Arcolab and Shasun Pharmaceuticals plan to merge to spread the risk.
Indian CRO GVK Biosciences is working to get back in the good graces of European regulators after inspectors found evidence that its employees doctored clinical trial results.
Price caps on "essential drugs" in India have been a sore point with domestic as well as Big Pharma players. The industry was further enraged when an Indian agency in May assumed the authority to add other products to the 350 already restricted. But the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reining in the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), suggesting he may have a less populous approach to the industry than his predecessor.
AstraZeneca is following the well-trodden path of offshoring part of its IT to India. But unlike some of its peers--and in a reversal of its own strategy--the Big Pharma is adding in-house capacity and lessening its reliance on IT service providers.
About three months before Hospira closed on its acquisition of an API plant from India's Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, FDA inspectors made a visit to the facility in Waluj. They had concerns with what they found.
India's 20 largest drug manufacturers are forecast to boost their plant investments by 40% by 2017-18, to more than Rs 50,000 crore ($8.3 billion), as they look to improve quality and chase new patent expirations.
Merck is investing €80 million ($107.67 million) in a new plant in China to make treatments for diabetes and other conditions and to realize its aspirations there. But it appears it is looking to India as a way to cut production costs on some of its older products.