May 9, 2014

Bayer agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck for a purchase price of $14.2 billion. The OTC acquisition will give Bayer the global No. 2 position in nonprescription products following recently announced consolidations in this growing healthcare industry segment, and will significantly enhance Bayer’s business across multiple therapeutic categories and geographies. Merck's consumer care business includes such leading brands as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr. Scholl’s. Pro forma sales of the combined businesses in 2013 amounted to $7.4 billion with Merck’s business contributing approximately $2.2 billion.

Upon completion of the acquisition, Bayer is expected to achieve global leadership positions in dermatology and gastrointestinals and advance to the No. 2 position in the cold, allergy, sinus and flu category. Bayer will remain No. 2 in nutritionals and No. 3 in analgesics. Overall, the proposed GlaxoSmithKline-Novartis combination represents the largest consumer health business with about 5.7% share, according to reports. The Bayer/Merck combination comes in second with around 4.5% share. McNeil Consumer rounds out the top three globally with a share just above 4%.

May 9, 2014

Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, earlier this week announced that the Food and Drug Administration granted 510(k) clearance to market its latest generation of the Propeller platform, including a new sensor.

May 9, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Zontivity (vorapaxar) tablets, an anti-platelet agent that's designed to decrease the tendency of platelets to clump together to form a blood clot.

May 8, 2014

Actavis announced that it has launched a generic version of Boehringer Ingelheim's Catapres-TTS (clonidine transdermal system, USP, 0.1-mg/day, 0.2-mg/day, and 0.3-mg/day for one week).

May 8, 2014

Breyers announced that it will begin offering 36 gluten-free varieties. The varieties will feature a "gluten-free" claim, in line with the Food and Drug Administration's rule on gluten-free labeling.

May 6, 2014

AstraZeneca on Tuesday announced the Food and Drug Administration approved Epanova (omega-3-carboxylic acids) as an adjunct to diet to reduce triglyceride levels in adults with severe hypertriglyceridemia (triglyceride levels greater than or equal to 500 mg/dL).

May 6, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee on Friday voted 11-4 opposed to switching Merck's allergy remedy Singulair from Rx-to-OTC, according to an Associated Press report.

May 6, 2014

Pfizer's Nexium 24HR will launch May 27, Pfizer reported in a conference call Monday.

May 5, 2014

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association on Monday hired Felecia Tan for the role of AVP sciences and regulatory affairs.

May 5, 2014

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Synribo (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) for injection, to include home administration.

May 1, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium), which is used for the treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

May 1, 2014

Purdue Pharma on Wednesday announced that it filed a new drug application with the Food and Drug Administration to market a hydrocodone bitartrate tablet, which is formulated to incorporate abuse-deterrent technology.

April 30, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted approval to Zykadia (ceritinib) for patients with a specific type of late-stage (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

April 29, 2014

Jubilant Life Sciences, an integrated pharmaceuticals and life sciences company, last week announced that it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for spironolactone tablets, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg, which is the generic version of Aldactone.

April 28, 2014

Mylan last week announced that it filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration, challenging the agency's decision regarding generic drug marketing exclusivity on celecoxib capsules, the generic equivalent of Pfizer's Celebrex.

April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a human papillomavirus DNA test for women 25 years of age and older that can be used to help health care professionals assess the need for a woman to undergo additional testing for cervical cancer.

April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Sylvant (siltuximab) to treat patients with multicentric Castleman’s disease, a rare disorder similar to lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes).

April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a new rule that would extend the agency's tobacco authority to cover additional tobacco products. The proposal is part of the FDA's implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco control Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2009.

April 23, 2014

Bayer HealthCare on Tuesday announced that the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Orphan Products Development has granted orphan drug designation for Bayer's investigational Ciprofloxacin Dry Powder for Inhalation (Ciprofloxacin DPI) for the treatment of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis.

April 23, 2014

Specialty pharmacy operator Diplomat has access to dispense Arzerra, a cancer treatment with a recently expanded indication, the company noted Tuesday.

April 22, 2014

Eli Lilly on Monday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has approved Cyramza (ramucirumab) as a single-agent treatment for patients with advanced or metastatic gastric cancer or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma with disease progression on or after prior fluoropyrimidine- or platinum-containing chemotherapy.

April 21, 2014

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals has announced that the Food and Drug Administration and European Commission have granted Orphan Drug Designation to volasertib for acute myeloid leukemia.

April 21, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline and Genmab A/S announced last week that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a supplemental biologic license application for the use of Arzerra (ofatumumab) in combination with chlorambucil for the treatment of previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia for whom fludarabine-based therapy is considered inappropriate.

April 21, 2014

Mylan on Friday announced that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has denied Teva's application for an injunction seeking to prevent Mylan's launch of a generic version of Copaxone (glatiramer acetate injection) pending the Supreme Court's decision on Teva's appeal.