Natco reveals Revlimid patent challenge; Baxter warned on Aralast promotion;

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> Last week, Celgene said an unidentified company had launched a patent challenge on its blood-cancer drug Revlimid; that company is India's Natco Pharma, which has asked FDA to approve its version. Article

> The FDA has warned Baxter International against including what the agency called "misleading statements" in a brochure for the drug Aralast NP, which is used to treat an inherited condition that can hurt the lungs. Item

> Swedish pharma company Meda says it has agreed to buy U.S.-based Alaven Pharmaceutical for $350 million. Story

> Daiichi Sankyo, Japan's No.3 drugmaker, upgraded its revenue and profit outlook for the April-September first half thanks to strong earnings at its Indian unit Ranbaxy Laboratories. Item

> French drugmaker Ipsen posted a 7 percent rise in first-half earnings on the back of growing sales of specialty care drugs, such as those for treating cancer, and kept its goals for the year. News

> Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's office has reached a $3.75 million settlement between the state and GlaxoSmithKline over the alleged deceptive or false marketing of the drugmaker's anti-nausea medications, most notably Kytril and Zofran. News

> Cerbios-Pharma of Switzerland has officially opened its new high-potency active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing plant in Lugano. Report

Biotech News

 @FierceBiotech: Novartis set to begin late-stage testing of blood thinner. Article | Follow @FierceBiotech

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> Achaogen wins $64 million biodefense contract. Article

> AMT looks for funding while it waits for EMA approval. Report

> Endo looks for more acquisitions. News

> Apixaban, Xarelto deliver good results in studies. Story

Biotech Research News

> Heart study finds long-term value in stem cell treatments. News

> Research scientists brace for layoffs as stimulus cash dries up. Report

> Scripps researchers piece together adenovirus structure. Item

> Muscle strength emerging as a major R&D focus. Story

> ESC advocates scramble to limit fallout from court ruling. Article

> Researchers turn mice into biosensors. News

Manufacturing News

> Ranbaxy may offer payment for FDA reset. Report

> Report to Obama: Target fill/finish to speed vax-making. News

> Weldon: Long ops fixes underway at J&J. Item

> Fakes report: Forget handbags, focus on drugs. Story

> Ops emphasis lets Pfizer extend product life. News

> Packaging reminds patients to take drugs. Article

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