Turkish ‘BloodStopper’ drug ready for export

Turkey has long-sought to heal wounds in conflict zones around the world, and with a new locally-produced drug, Ankaferd BloodStopper, it will now be able to do just that. Ankaferd BloodStopper is a coagulant agent touted as Turkey’s first fully domestic medicine.

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BMS completes $74B Celgene Acquisition

Bristol-Myers Squibb has finalized its $74 billion acquisition of Celgene Corp., forming an even larger biopharmaceuticals giant, the company announced Wednesday. Regulators signed off on the transaction, which was first announced in January, after Celgene agreed  in August to sell its psoriasis drug Otezla to Amgen for $13.4 billion.  Read more

Frequent FDA Inspections Slow Down Indian Pharma Exports

Frequent inspections of Indian plants by the US FDA and subsequent observations slow down the growth of pharma exports even as US-China trade war presents huge opportunities for the drug industry, GV Prasad, Chairman

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Risks From Pharma Residue In Water Unassessed: OECD

Risks from pharmaceutical residues entering the environment are not being assessed, thereby endangering freshwater ecosystems.
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Ebola Vaccine Approved for Use in Europe

Merck’s Ervebo gets its first regulatory greenlight. A decision from the US Food and Drug Administration is expected in the next few months. Read more

Merck to lay off 500 workers around the U.S.

Merck, like many of its Big Pharma peers, is working to focus more on innovative drugs. But as part of that ongoing shift, the company is eliminating 500 positions nationwide. Read more

Johnson & Johnson recalls…

J&J, which is facing thousands of lawsuits from people who claim its talc products caused cancer, said it had initiated the voluntary recall of one lot of baby powder, produced and shipped in the US in 2018, out of “an abundance of caution”. Read more

Torrent Pharma recalls 74k bottles of hypertension treatment tablets from US, Puerto Rico

Torrent Pharma recalls drugs from US, Puerto Rico: As per the report, Torrent Pharma Inc is recalling 17,088 bottles of Losartan Potassium /Hydrochlorothiazide tablets, USP 50mg/12.5mg from the same markets.

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High-priced orphan gene therapies are expected to put health systems under pressure

The FDA has approved Novartis-subsidiary AveXis Inc’s spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) gene therapy Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi). The company wants to set the price tag at $2,125m per dose.

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Millions of Americans take valsartan for high blood pressure and heart failure

A pair of drugmakers in India that the U.S. is counting on to produce generic blood-pressure pills after a far-reaching recall have been faulted by regulators for quality-control issues. Cadila Healthcare Ltd., Alkem Laboratories Ltd. both won approvals in March from the Food and Drug Administration to make generic versions of valsartan for the U.S. market. Neither company made any of the recalled valsartan, but both companies have recently been cited by agency inspectors for quality-control failures that echo problems at other drugmakers — renewing questions about the safety of some of the world’s most widely prescribed medicines.

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