Two Swiss billionaires--Ernesto Bertarelli and Hansjörg Wyss--have joined forces to buy out the former Merck Serono facility in Geneva.
Boehringer Ingelheim, whose contract manufacturing facility in Bedford, Ohio, has been at the heart of huge drug disruptions in the U.S., is now feeling the sting of FDA inspectors at a key plant in Europe.
Amag Pharmaceuticals and partner Takeda have run into a snag in Switzerland. Japan-based Takeda is recalling a batch of Amag's anemia drug Feraheme, sold as Rienso in the Swiss market, after several reports of hypersensitivity reactions, one of them fatal.
Forty-five women who had turned to Apotex for contraceptives to avoid having children are now looking to the Canadian drugmaker to help them pay for their babies, or their abortions, after they ended up pregnant.
How will Ranbaxy Laboratories' $500 million manufacturing settlement affect its business in the U.S.? Take your pick: It will either revive the company's exports to the States, or it will drag down its U.S. reputation, adding insult to the injury of $500 million in already-lost sales.
Novartis is doing a complete U-turn on an OTC plant in Switzerland that 18 months ago was going to get the old heave-ho along with the people who worked there. Now the drugmaker says it will invest €150 million in the facility and anoint it a center of excellence.
French drugmaker Ipsen says shortages of its orphan drug Increlex appear inevitable because of ongoing issues at Lonza plant in the U.S. The drug is used to treat a rare condition in children called IGF-1 deficiency, which results in them being very short for their age.
U.S. federal investigators have taken an interest in manufacturing at an AstraZeneca plant in England, but the company is remaining mum about what precisely they want to know.
For more than a year, U.S. authorities have been tightening a noose around Internet pharmacy company Canada Drugs, which reportedly was the source of counterfeit Avastin shipped last year to doctors.
Johnson & Johnson and the FDA sprang into action in 2011 when J&J's popular chemo drug Doxil became hard to get because of problems with the contract manufacturer. But it also figured out a process by which it could have it manufactured at one plant and finished at another.