Amgen signs $500 million deal with IBM for information services
BOULDER, Colo. IBM will provide information services for biotech Amgen, under a deal that Amgen disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week.
Amgen will pay $500 million for a five-year contract to provide the services, as well as up to $300 million if the contract is extended for three years in one-year increments.
IBM will provide networking, software and other computer services for the Thousand Oaks, Calif.-based Amgen.
FDA launches new Web page to provide safety information on prescription drugs
WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it had launched a Web page to provide consumers and healthcare professionals with a single source of safety information about prescription drugs.
The page, www.fda.gov/cder/drugsafety.htm, provides links to information in categories such as drug labeling, drugs with risk evaluation and mitigation strategies, regulations and guidance documents and warning letters, import alerts, recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts.
“By placing Web links to these up-to-date resources on a single page, we’re helping consumers and healthcare professionals find drug safety information faster and easier,” said Dr. Paul Seligman, associate director of safety policy and communication in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “This type of communication is aimed at helping consumers and healthcare professionals make well-informed decisions about medication use.”
FDA approves generic version of Epivir
WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration has granted tentative approval to Indian drug maker Macleods Pharmaceuticals’ generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV drug Epivir (lamivudine), FDA records show.
The drug would be available as 150 mg and 300 mg tablets, but cannot be marketed in the United States because of patent protection.
GSK’s patent for lamivudine will expire in 2010. Epivir had sales of $246.85 million in 2007, according to GSK financial records.