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FDA extends Ranbaxy consent decree to Mohali plant

The FDA said in an announcement Monday that it had placed the Mohali plant on import alert after inspections in September and December of last year found significant cGMP violations. The agency said the plant will now have to conform to provisions of a consent decree that Ranbaxy agreed to last year, which initially was written to cover its Paonta Sahib and Dewas facilities.

Study: Pharma payments do sway doctors' prescribing habits

A new study shows that payments do influence doctors' behavior. The average amount that flows from pharma to physician is about $1,700 per. Still, doctors are swayed by free dinners and speaking fees, the study finds, with prescriptions rising along with payments.

Pfizer quells fears of cuts at Ireland plant that makes Viagra

The plant in Ireland that manufactures Viagra isn't slated for any cutbacks despite Pfizer's patent loss on the erectile dysfunction blockbuster in the U.K. and Europe.

Big Kahuna statins gobble up bigger share of cholesterol market

No question, statins are the big gorilla of the cholesterol-fighting drug market. And as  Forbes  reports today, that drug class is marking out an even bigger territory as time goes by. Over the past 5 years, statin prescriptions have grown by 17% to 214 million a year, while other cholesterol remedies lost 28% of their scripts. Now, those other drugs only account for 50 million prescriptions a year.

Mined doctor-patient data gives drugmakers insight for targeted marketing

The recent layoffs of hundreds of drug sales reps mean there are fewer people in the field calling on doctors to see what they are prescribing. But they don't have to--drugmakers have found new tools that actually can tell them more about doctors' prescribing patterns than the physicians even know themselves.

U.K. saves £1 million a day, thanks to generic Lipitor

How much is a generic drug worth to a payer? More than £350 million, for the U.K.'s National Health Service anyway. That's how much it saved during the first 12 months after Pfizer's Lipitor went off patent, the generic industry's trade association says.

Ranbaxy sees tough quarter as it recovers from manufacturing mess

India's largest generic drugmaker blamed a 90% drop in first-quarter profit on the fact it just couldn't match the same period last year when it launched its exclusive generic version of Lipitor, the world's best-selling drug.

Merck wins FDA nod for new Zetia-Lipitor combo, despite lack of outcomes benefit

Merck will soon launch a new cholesterol combo that melds its Zetia drug with generic Lipitor. The Zetia-plus-statin approach isn't new, of course; Merck already sells Vytorin, a combination of Zetia and its own off-patent statin Zocor, known generically as Simvastatin.

Pfizer appealing CHMP ruling on RA treatment Xeljanz

Pfizer has big expectations for its oral rheumatoid arthritis treatment Xeljanz--about $3 billion worth. But those expectations were struck a serious blow when European Medicines Agency regulators Thursday turned it down for approval.

Pfizer's Read gets small raise in tough year

Last year was a tough one for Pfizer ($PFE), having to shoulder a full 12 months without the riches of Lipitor to rely on. Still, CEO Ian Read did the best he could with what he had to work with. And for that, he got a small raise, although nothing like the 44% upgrade he received a year ago.