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Gilead Acquires Pharmasset for $11 Billion

Dec 1, 2011

On Nov. 21, 2011, Gilead Sciences agreed to acquire Pharmasset for $137 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $11 billion. Pharmasset's board of directors unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2012.

Ben Venue Suspends Manufacturing at Bedford Plant

Nov 23, 2011

On Nov. 19, 2011, Ben Venue Laboratories voluntarily and temporarily suspended the manufacture and distribution of products made at its Bedford, Ohio, facility. These products include Doxil (doxorubicin HCl liposome injection), which the company produces for Johnson & Johnson. The company's clients include Pfizer, Hospira, and Teva.

FDA Approves 35 Novel Medicines in Fiscal Year 2011

Nov 17, 2011

At a press conference held Nov. 10, 2011, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency had approved 35 novel medicines in fiscal year 2011. Among the approved products were two drugs for late-stage metastatic melanoma and the first drug to treat Hodgkins lymphoma in 30 years.

Is Three Still the Magic Number for Process Validation?

Nov 16, 2011

Until now, the industry has adhered to the tradition of producing three batches of product to validate its manufacturing processes. But FDA?s new process-validation guidance does not prescribe any number of batches that is necessary for compliance.

FDA Notifies Genentech of Violations at Avastin Plant

Nov 10, 2011

On Sept. 27, 2011, FDA sent Genentech a Form 483 listing several violations at the company's South San Francisco, California, plant. The violations included problems with investigations into batch failures, inappropriate equipment design, and insufficient protection against contamination. FDA visited the plant, which produces the cancer drug Avastin, 13 times in September 2011 and made four observations.

FDA Establishes Two Centers for Regulatory Science

Nov 3, 2011

On Oct. 26, 2011, FDA dedicated $2 million to support two regional Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation. The centers, which will be located at the University of Maryland and at Georgetown University, will focus on the scientific knowledge and training needed to modernize and improve the ways the agency reviews and evaluates drugs and medical devices.

Abbott to Split into Medical-Products and Pharmaceuticals Companies

Oct 27, 2011

Abbott has unveiled a plan to separate into two publicly traded companies, one focusing on diversified medical products and the other on research-based pharmaceuticals.

FDA Publishes Guidance on Physical–Chemical Identifiers

Oct 20, 2011

Last week, FDA published a final guidance for pharmaceutical manufacturers that plan to incorporate physical–chemical identifiers in solid oral dosage forms as an anticounterfeiting strategy.

Steps for Reducing Glass Delamination

Oct 19, 2011

Recent recalls have contributed to the pharmaceutical industry?s heightened awareness of glass delamination (i.e., the formation of glass flakes in a vial), which could affect drug quality and patient safety. To confront this growing problem effectively, drugmakers must understand its causes.


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