The Swiss pharma company Novartis ranks in the top 10 of pharma companies, and boasts drugs ranging from Ritalin and Lamisil to clozapine, Diovan and Gilenya. It also owns the generic giant Sandoz. Unlike its competitor, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis did not offer free flu vaccines during the H1N1 flu epidemic.

In March 2011, Novartis gained FDA approval for Gilenya, its multiple sclerosis drug. The nod came on the heels of a narrower EMA approval, which grants second-line treatment status. According to experts, the drug could be worth $3 billion in annual sales as the first oral MS drug on the market.

Novartis purchased the remaining portion of eye care company Alcon in a $12.9 billion deal at the end of 2010, marking the end of one of the biggest battles in biopharma. Although many analysts predicted heavy layoffs in 2010 from the company, only 1,400 jobs were cut in December 2010, with the disclaimer that more could be on the way as Novartis, like others in the industry, analyzes its efficiency.

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Court limits Canada's power over generic drug prices

A federal court in Canada has now agreed with the industry that the country's price setting board has assumed too much authority and severely curtailed its ability to control prices over generic drugs in a case centered on Novartis' generic drug company Sandoz, and a unit of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which started as Ratiopharm.

Novartis called out for undermining FDA's animal health rules

A health advocacy group has slammed Novartis for falsely advertising its swine antibiotic Denagard, claiming the drug company unnecessarily highlights weight gain in animals--a purpose not approved by the FDA.

Italian fraud squad raids drug agency in Roche-Novartis probe

Italian finance police searched the offices of the Italian Medicines Agency, looking for evidence in a criminal probe of potential fraud and market manipulation by the Swiss drugmakers Novartis and Roche. Officials have been investigating allegations that the two companies colluded to boost sales of Lucentis, their eye drug, by sidelining off-label use of the drug's close cousin, Avastin.

Science pays: 2013's 10 best-compensated R&D chiefs in biopharma

For an idea of what kind of year a drug developer had, take a look at what it paid its head of R&D. Click through our roundup for a look at who ranks where in the biopharma R&D world. Read more >>

Novartis, Merck KGaA use digital tracking in MS patients to up their competitive game

The market for multiple sclerosis drugs is not an easy one, especially now that Biogen Idec's soaring Tecfidera has arrived on the scene. But MS drugmakers Novartis and Merck KGaA are doing what they can to keep their edges, rolling out a pair of digital solutions to help patients manage the disease.

Lilly, Novartis and Pfizer join with Broad Institute for bioinformatics challenge

A clutch of Big Pharma companies is backing a competition to create predictive models that could lead to new targets for cancer drugs. Eli Lilly, Novartis and Pfizer are among the data funders of the competition, which calls for the development of models that show how essential a gene is to the survival of a cancer cell.

Novartis nabs Merck exec Bruno Strigini to head up oncology business

Novartis wooed one of Merck & Co.'s top executives to take the helm at its oncology unit.

District judge green-lights kickback lawsuit against Novartis

Novartis has to face a kickbacks lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleges that the Swiss drugmaker gave pharmacies discounts and rebates to boost sales of two drugs, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Investigator database looking for new members after adding Novartis and Pfizer to ranks

Having made the big decisions about how their database of clinical trial investigators will work, collaborators Eli Lilly, Merck and Johnson & Johnson are looking to add more members to a roster already swelled by the arrival of Novartis and Pfizer.

GSK India exec sees growth fueled by Novartis vaccine assets

GlaxoSmithKline's emerging-market vaccines sales have seen better days, thanks to a $489 million bribery probe that recently led to the indictment of the company's former China head. But according to a local exec, good times are ahead for Glaxo's vaccines unit in India--and the company's recent pickup of Novartis' non-flu vaccine assets will help it get there.