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EP Vantage: Legal loopholes, price hikes set up aging meds for billions in 2020

In the land of pharma, off-patent drugs usually translate to lost profits. But things don't always shake out that way, according to a new report from EvaluatePharma, which found that companies with aging blockbusters could be set to collect billion-dollar sales for the meds by 2020.

Private equity plus Big Pharma carve-outs equals gold? Well, maybe

Private equity firms are sitting on a record amount of unspent cash--$1.2 trillion by some estimates. At the same time, Big Pharma companies are looking to cast off off-patent drugs and other old products. Could that make a match?

Roche nabs European approval for time-saving formulation of Rituxan

Pharma companies sometimes try to extend the lives of drugs by developing new formulations or follow-on products before their patent expires. Swiss pharma giant Roche scored a victory today when European regulators approved a subcutaneous version of its cancer drug Rituxan, known as MabThera overseas.

Reuters: Sources say EU will fine 9 drugmakers for pay-for-delay deals

Regulators in both the U.S. and the U.K. have been cracking down on pay-for-delay deals in recent months, with the issue going before the U.S. Supreme Court in March. Now, it seems, EU regulators will join them. The EU's anti-trust regulator, is set to fine 9 generic drugmakers for accepting money to keep their low-cost products off the market.

FDA halts generic OxyContin, handing Purdue a victory

For months FDA regulators have been wrestling with the dangers of allowing a flood of cheap, generic version of the highly addictive OxyContin on the market vs. consumers with pain issues having access to cheaper meds.

Forget $4 generics. Free Lipitor copies are the new drug promo

Lipitor as a loss leader? That's the approach Wegmans' pharmacies are taking. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, the grocery store chain offers generic versions of Lipitor for free, as a way to bring in new pharmacy customers. And the promotion must be successful--Wegmans just extended it through the end of this year.

UPDATED: Loss of Actos weighs heavily on Takeda

Takeda Pharmaceutical last week nailed down FDA approval for three new diabetes drugs--DPP-4 inhibitors--and it was none too soon, as today's earnings report makes crystal clear.

Forest's Lexapro plague lingers with 41% hit to Q3 sales

Forest Laboratories is in dire need of a Bloody Mary for its still-severe Lexapro hangover. The U.S.-based drugmaker fell short of low expectations for the third quarter, thanks to a 41% drop in sales, largely because of generic competition for the blockbuster antidepressant. And the company ratcheted back predictions for its full-year results.

U.S. branded sales to end 2012 with 3.5% decline

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.

Top 15 drug patent losses for 2013

We are in the midst of third quarter earnings reports, and they show with stark detail what the tsunami of patent losses means to the financial underpinning of drugmakers. It's a serious problem that will erode earnings for years to come. Pharmaceutical researcher EvaluatePharma estimates there are $290 billion of sales at risk from patent expirations between this year and 2018. Read the full report >>