Takeda’s Ninlaro is a treatment for patients with multiple myeloma who have had at least one prior therapy.
The drug, according to IMS Health data for the 12 months eneding Sept. 2015, had combined brand and generic sales of $457 million.
Novartis’ Fluad is a trivalent flu vaccine that contains the adjuvant MF59, an emulsion of squalene oil in water, and is aimed at improving immune response among patients 65 years of age and older.
The Medicare savings that the American College of Physicans says could be saved by focusing on generics is estimated to total $1.4 billion.
Eli Lilly and Co.’s Petrazza in a trial extended the lives of patients who took the drug in combination with two forms of chemotherapy to 11.5 months.
Mylan has introduced its generic of Jazz Pharmaceuticals’ schizophrenia treatment.
Following Monday’s announcement that Pfizer would be merging with Ireland-based company Allergan, some analysts are predicting that Pfizer would split the combined company following the $160 billion deal, Reuters reported. According to the report, the split would likely divide the company’s established products (i.e., generics) unit and its innovative medicines unit, composed of drugs that are still patent-protected. (Reuters)
The FDA has approved Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo as a treatment for renal cell carcinoma in some patients.
Earlier this year, California and Oregon passed laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control to patients. As the measure is set to roll out in the first half of 2016, the New York Times has reported on the growing trend of states allowing pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives, noting its potential impact on medically underserved populations. “I feel strongly that this is what’s best for women’s health in the 21st century, and I also feel it will have repercussions for decreasing poverty because one of the key things for women in poverty is unintended pregnancy,” Oregon Rep. Knute Buehler, the Republican who sponsored Oregon’s law, told NYT. (New York Times)
Greenstone received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration for its generic Zyvox.