Eric Palmer

Biography for Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer, Senior Editor

Eric Palmer is a business and technology journalist with more than three decades of prize-winning experience as a reporter and editor with daily, weekly, monthly and online publications. He was healthcare reporter for The Kansas City Star before becoming deputy business editor for the daily newspaper. He spent eight years as editor of The Kansas City Business Journal, which had a strong emphasis on the healthcare industry. On the personal side, he is an avid fly fisherman, cooks and collects wine, and likes to travel with his family. Eric is based in Kansas City and can be reached at epalmer@fiercemarkets.com.

Articles by Eric Palmer

Natco India plant gets Form 483 from FDA

Indian drug maker Natco has joined a long list of compatriots facing FDA concerns over manufacturing issues. According to The Financial Express, the company received an FDA Form 483 for a finished dosage plant in Telangana after an inspection in May.

Novartis says more cuts coming for New York Diovan plant

Novartis has notified the state of New York of its 83-employee layoff beginning Dec. 31 at its plant in Suffern, NY, a facility that will close in 2016, at which point essentially all traces of it will be eliminated.

Baxter issues recall, this time because antibacterial gets mixed in wrong carton

Baxter International is again recalling a sodium chloride product, but this time, instead of particulate contamination, it is because another product was mistakenly mixed in the shipment.

FDA procedural delay on Rytary gives Impax breathing room

The FDA has put off reconsideration of Impax Laboratories' Parkinson drug Rytary. The delay will give the California company some additional time to work on the latest in a series of FDA concerns over its manufacturing that have kept the drug sidelined.

More FDA issues arise for Hospira in India

About three months before Hospira closed on its acquisition of an API plant from India's Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, FDA inspectors made a visit to the facility in Waluj. They had concerns with what they found.

Partner Sanofi wants to produce the insulin to be used in MannKind's Afrezza

MannKind signed a deal on July 31, 2014, to buy €120.1 million ($155.7 million) worth of recombinant human insulin from Amphastar France Pharmaceuticals to fill its inhalers.

India's top drugmakers forecast to invest $8B in production upgrades

India's 20 largest drug manufacturers are forecast to boost their plant investments by 40% by 2017-18, to more than Rs 50,000 crore ($8.3 billion), as they look to improve quality and chase new patent expirations.

Hikma opens oncology API plant in Jordan

Hikma has 27 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries. It recently bought a huge site in Bedford, OH, from Boehringer Ingelheim. But the company is not overlooking its home country of Jordan, where its new manufacturing plant got the royal treatment.

UPDATED: Merck KGaA negotiates huge production deal with Lupin

Merck is investing €80 million ($107.67 million) in a new plant in China to make treatments for diabetes and other conditions and to realize its aspirations there. But it appears it is looking to India as a way to cut production costs on some of its older products.

Gilead hands Sovaldi manufacturing tech to 7 generics makers

Gilead Sciences is presenting a huge gift to Mylan and half a dozen Indian generics makers. It is transferring the manufacturing technology for its biggest product and its blessing to go make cheap copies in 91 markets.