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Sandoz acquires EBEWE Pharma’s oncology injectable business

BY Alaric DeArment

BASEL, Switzerland The generics arm of drug maker Novartis has acquired part of a generics company focused on cancer treatment.

Sandoz announced that it had acquired the specialty generic injectables business of EBEWE Pharma for $1.2 billion. EBEWE’s injectable neurological drugs businesses was not part of the transaction.

“The addition of EBEWE Pharma’s leading portfolio of oncology medicines fits our strategy and improves our ability to help cancer patients around the world by providing easier access to therapies,” said Novartis chairman and CEO Daniel Vasella. “These medicines will remain the backbone of multi-drug treatments in the fight against cancer, one of the world’s leading causes of death.”

Sandoz said many of the drugs in EBEWE’s portfolio — including paclitaxel, epirubicin, methotrexate, oxaliplatin, carboplatin, doxorubicin and gemcitabine — are “essential components” of standard-of-care guidelines for treating many types of cancers.

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Pfizer expands generics portfolio with Aurobindo, Claris deals

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NEW YORK A big pharmaceutical company has entered licensing agreements with two Indian generics companies, expanding its portfolio by 75 products.

Pfizer announced Wednesday that the agreements, with Aurobindo Pharma and Claris Lifesciences, would “significantly expand” the portfolio of medicines in its Established Products Business Unit, giving it products to market in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and more than 70 emerging market countries.

“[Today’s] announcement demonstrates Pfizer’s commitment to improving the global public health landscape by making needed quality medicines – in a range of disease areas – accessible to underserved populations worldwide,” Pfizer chairman and CEO Jeff Kindler stated. “The off-patent marketplace worldwide too often suffers from quality and supply reliability issues.”

Under the terms of the agreements, Pfizer has acquired the rights to 55 pill drugs and five injected drugs from Aurobindo to sell in emerging markets, and 15 injected drugs from Claris to sell in developed markets.

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Lilly, Medtronic to deliver diabetes education

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INDIANAPOLIS A drug maker and a medical device maker have announced a collaboration to provide education on care and management of diabetes.

Eli Lilly & Co. and Medtronic said their marketing and sales operations would work with healthcare professionals to deliver diabetes education for patients and caregivers affected by Type 1 diabetes, including the development of educational resources and classes around the initiation and intensive management of insulin, insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring.

“Medtronic and Lilly are joining together to help improve patient access to high-quality diabetes education,” Medtronic SVP and diabetes business unit president Chris O’Connell said. “Because diabetes management is complicated, it is crucial that physicians and patients have the best access to information and educational resources.”

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