The FDA has asked drugmakers to recall several products with dosing systems or potency variations that could lead to dangerous overdoses.
According to a new report from consultant PwC, there was a decline in the two Vs--volume and value--after some big deals in the first quarter pushed both of those up.
There's been a lot of talk about a dearth of innovation in the pharma business. But some drugmakers don't lack creativity. In fact, a few of them actually made Forbes' latest list of 100 most innovative companies on the globe.
Perrigo has snatched up Elan for $8.6 billion in a cash-and-stock deal. Call it a case of opposites attracting: U.S.-based Perrigo specializes in cheap, store-brand generics, while Elan is an Irish biotech best know for its longstanding--and now dissolved--partnership with Biogen Idec on the multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri.
The chase for Elan appears to be over. Perrigo, a U.S. maker of over-the-counter and generic drugs, has emerged with a winning bid to acquire the Irish biotech outfit for $8.6 billion in cash and stock.
Perrigo has further solidified its position in topical dermatology drugs, one of the areas in which prices have been escalating of late.
It's the endgame for 2012 election candidates--and for supporters that have shelled out cash to support their bids for votes. As usual, the pharma business is right there in the fray, with political action committees and employees donating hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
In the second animal health deal announced in two days, generic drug giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries says it will sell its animal products line to Bayer of Germany for $145 million so it can concentrate on human drugs.
The Michigan-based company, best known for its generics and OTC drugs, purchased Sergeant's Pet Care Products for $285 million.
While the pharma industry has been criticized over the high cost of cancer drugs and alleged price manipulation of wholesale prices, it is the cost of generic ointments that is setting some consumers off and leaving some experts scratching their heads.