While FiercePharma 's newsletter went on hiatus over the winter holidays--and industry news slowed to a pace suitable to hibernation-friendly weather--we didn't spend all our time skiing and drinking cocoa. Some certifiably big news broke last week. Here are several holiday highlights.
It is another swing and a miss for Mylan. Twice now it has struck out in efforts to snatch away from Ranbaxy Laboratories the Indian drugmaker's 180-day exclusivity on a drug.
It's the end of the year, and the end of the road for hundreds of Pfizer drug reps. The company is slashing its primary-care sales force by almost 20%, Bloomberg reports, taking its 3,000-strong army of reps down to around 2,400.
By the time the ball drops in Times Square this year, branded drug sales will have dropped 3.5%. So says a new report on U.S. spending, which pegs this year's decline at that rate--and forecasts an annual decline of 2.6%, on average, over the next several years.
Pfizer's animal health unit may be worth $20 billion, and that is the conundrum.
Generic drugmaker Mylan ($MYL), impatient that money is sitting on the table, has sued the FDA to try to snatch the rights to produce a generic of Novartis' ($NVS) blockbuster blood pressure med, Diovan.
Ranbaxy Laboratories is investigating whether splintered glass from the lining of a reactor at a plant in India is the source of particles found in the raw ingredients for generic Lipitor that were delivered to a Ranbaxy plant in the U.S. where the pills are finished.
Last month, Ranbaxy Laboratories recalled its version of the cholesterol-fighting pill Lipitor. By last week, the company had stopped making the drug, at least until it can iron out the manufacturing problems that caused fine glass particles to crop up in some pills. Along the way, the Indian company hasn't said much, at least not publicly--and that has inspired a New Jersey man to sue for information, not to mention a refund, Pharmalot reports.
Ranbaxy Laboratories' recall of generic Lipitor has spawned its first legal repercussion.
Ranbaxy Laboratories is trying to determine if a missing fragment of glass from a shield of a piece of machinery at a plant in India is the source of the problem that has caused it to halt production on its lucrative generic Lipitor product