The summit meeting between President Barack Obama and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi resulted in no breakthroughs, such as on intellectual property, but did lead to about a dozen smaller agreements on various issues affecting the pharmaceutical industries.
India's state of Himachal Pradesh, known as Asia's pharmaceutical hub, is taking steps to make its bulk-drug industry more attractive to foreign and other investors, but finds attempting to do so a hard slog. The action, and that of other states, is considered key to reducing India's reliance on imports of active pharmaceutical ingredients, mainly from China.
Sanofi and Regeneron are hard at work on a number of promising monoclonal antibodies, but Sanofi needs more manufacturing capacity to produce them. Instead of building its own like some of its peers, the French company has struck a deal to tap into a Boehringer Ingelheim plant in Germany.
Given that the industry has hundreds of billions of dollars invested in plants that do batch manufacturing, it has been hard for the industry to commit to a new way of making drugs, even one with the potential to cut costs dramatically. But at a major conference in May, the industry coalesced around the need to adopt continuous manufacturing.
AstraZeneca has been touting its pipeline full of promising products as a reason it will return to growth by 2017 and has no need to hook up with Pfizer. As if to put an exclamation point on that declaration, the company says it will kick off a U.S. expansion that will add 300 jobs so it can realize that potential.
Merck may soon be the next Big Pharma to step into the Ebola vaccine arena.
With drugs like Yervoy and Sprycel leading its comeback and a pipeline filling up with more biologics, Bristol-Myers Squibb needs someplace to make them, and Ireland will get the prize--an investment of nearly $1 billion and the 400 jobs that will come with it.
India's Cadila Pharmaceuticals has run afoul of the FDA for not doing enough to track down the source of impurities in some products and failing to investigate when customers complained about odors emanating from its APIs.
Actavis nabbed a big portfolio of branded products when it bought Forest Laboratories earlier this year. But it also inherited a quality-control problem.
It has been a tale of two cities when it comes to Eli Lilly's operations in Puerto Rico. Its plant in Carolina has been slotted for $240 million in investments in the last year, benefiting from its buildup in insulin products, and its plant in Guayama is getting axed, a victim of patent losses.