Shire expanding rare-disease drug production; Cumberland gets new liver drug OK;

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> Shire is adding patients for the Replagal and Vpriv treatments for rare disorders and increasing manufacturing capacity as larger drug companies seek to expand into the market for so-called orphan diseases. News

> Cumberland Pharmaceuticals said U.S. health regulators approved a new formulation of its drug for treating acetaminophen poisoning and it would replace the currently marketed product. Article

> Australia's Sigma Pharmaceuticals, which is selling its generic drugs unit to Aspen Pharmacare, cautioned that revenues will be negatively affected by changes in government pricing of generic medicines. Item

> German chemicals to real-estate company Evonik Industries AG said Friday it agreed on the purchase of pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim 's polymer portfolio, Resomer, in December. Item

> Icelandic generics manufacturer Actavis Group has formally opened a new €8 million expansion to its pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Hafnarfjordur. Actavis release | Story

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> Report: Sanofi readies $20B deal package for Genzyme. News 

> Allos lays off 13 percent of staff. Story 

> GSK malaria vax shows promising results. Item 

> Big Biotech joins Big Pharma in hunt for biosimilars. Report 

> BioCryst shares slide on peramivir trial revisions. Article

> Merck shares battered after it shutters vorapaxar trial. News

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