Federal authorities have rounded up nearly three dozen people indicted in a far-ranging scheme in which they allegedly sold $200 million worth of diverted drugs that included blockbusters like Bristol-Myers Squibb's antipsychotic Abilify, Gilead Sciences' HIV med Truvada and Novartis' cancer drug Gleevec.
It has taken more than a year to get its manufacturing problems, and lozenges, back into shape and shipped, but GlaxoSmithKline says some Nicorette Lozenges are back on retailer shelves. That is particularly good news for those former smokers who have substituted a Nicorette habit for a smoking one.
Mylan may be fending off an unsolicited $40 billion buyout offer from competitor Teva even as it is being rebuffed for making its own $31 billion bid for Perrigo, but it still has to take care of business as usual. Right now that includes having to recall 8 lots of injectable cancer drugs, most of it manufactured for Pfizer, after particulate was discovered in vials.
More counterfeit Botox has made its way into the U.S. and, the FDA thinks, into physician offices. The agency is warning providers that they need to make sure they don't have any of it because it is believed to be unsafe.
The FDA said it's stepping up its efforts to address the shortage of saline solution for humans and animals by increasing the importation of intravenous fluids from producers not previously approved by the regulatory agency.
Walgreens Boots Alliance has been so pleased with its relationship with AmerisourceBergen that it might just look for another drug distributor with which to hook up. That was the suggestion made by Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina this week.
Pharma puts so much emphasis on top line that drugmakers give scant consideration to what their supply chains are costing them. But a new report suggests that making a supply chain more efficient is not only going to save costs, but it will also help drive greater sales.
A Canadian drug distributor began recalling a small quantity of Pfizer birth control pills this week after it accidentally shipped out expired product. Pfizer credited the company with quick action, but it is the kind of issue that in the past has led to litigation against drugmakers over unwanted pregnancies.
Drugs can end up on the FDA shortage list for many reasons, with manufacturing problems and recalls often being the culprit. But a new report says that for more than a decade, poor management by the Drug Enforcement Agency and a touchy relationship between the DEA and FDA have been at the heart of many shortages of controlled substances.
The decision by Irish drugmaker Alkermes to narrow its focus and sell a manufacturing plant is providing a chance for Pennsylvania-based Recro Pharma to expand its pain drug position and jump into the the contract manufacturing space to pick up some extra cash.