Acino snatches up Mepha/Teva divisions; India price caps fiercely opposed

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> Swiss drugmaker Acino Pharma will acquire the Latin American and Asian businesses of Mepha AG, which is owned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ($TEVA). Acino will also buy the Mepha site in Aesch, Switzerland, although Teva will still grow the Mepha brand there, Reuters reports. Article

> India's plans to cap prices on 348 essential drugs and their combinations at the average price of the top three brands in their respective segments is drawing significant opposition. Piece

> Independent health experts say India must hike its drug spending by $4.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports. Story

> Reproductive rights advocates may revive a dormant federal lawsuit in New York to challenge Plan B restrictions. Item

> The market for multiple myeloma drugs will grow 5.6% annually from 2010 to 2020, a Decision Resources report concludes. Release

Biotech News

@FierceBiotech: The top 10 biotech deal terminations of 2011. GSK/Targacept break-up takes top spot. Report | Follow @FierceBiotech

@JohnCFierce: Somaxon axing staffers, calling in the "strategic advisers." Anyone want to buy a sleep drug? Release | Follow @JohnCFierce

@RyanMFierce: Cornell U. won a competition involving Stanford and NYU to be NYC's pick to set up a science grad school in Gotham. Item | Follow @RyanMFierce

@MaureenFierce: Using neti pots for sinus relief could cause amoebas to eat your brain. News | Follow @MaureenFierce

@MarkHFierce: There's a way now to keep a cancer patient's healthy cells and tumor cells alive in the lab. Two ingredients help. Release | Follow @MarkHFierce

> Trius shares surge as antibiotic matches Zyvox in pivotal PhIII. News

> Russian billionaire bankrolls early-stage biotech VC group. Story

> Burrill raises $313M for new life sciences venture fund. More

> Alexza readies "significant" layoffs, brings in Lazard to review asset sale. Article

Medical Device News

> Lawmakers seek recall info from Medtronic, 4 others. News

> TransEnterix closes $15M in 2nd tranche of Series B. Article

> CSA scores $20.5M in Series B. More

> FDA looks to improve the representation of women in device studies. Story

Biotech IT News

> Blood cancer group lights way to 28% faster trial starts. Item

> Elsevier scoops up scientific software outfit Ariadne. Story

> Harvard plays money ball with biotech--and baseball--data. Article

> EU program backs Linguamatics and ChemAxon's informatics work. News

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