Japan will only be receiving 50 per cent of its usual supply of the
blockbuster flu drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) this year, thanks to
significantly reduced demand following reports of suicidal
behaviour in adolescents taking the medication.
Roche heard early this morning that the European Commission (EC)
has decided to reinstate the marketing authorisation for the
company's HIV drug, Viracept (nelfinavir), but countries outside
the EU have yet to make a final decision.
Roche has just had the child-size, lower strength version of its
blockbuster flu treatment Tamiflu (oseltamivir) approved by EU
authorities, though possibly just a little too late for this year's
In the latest episode of the Viracept contamination case, the drug
is now at risk of losing its marketing authorisation across Europe
while the dangers posed by the chemical contaminant are established
and manufacturer Roche rectifies...
Just over a week after Roche was forced to initiate a Europe-wide
recall of HIV drug Viracept (nelfinavir), in-PharmaTechnologist.com
considers the contamination case and the pharmaceutical processes
blamed for the incident.
Roche took the opportunity to reassure investors and analysts as it
outlined its plans to deal with the impending threat to Avastin and
Herceptin. Roche's new indications for cancer treatments suggest
that its oncology portfolio...
China's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has authorised
Shanghai Sunve Pharmaceutical and Yichang Changjiang Pharmaceutical
to produce a licensed version of Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir
phosphate), the first such...
Under pressure to ensure cheap supplies of its flu drug in Africa
in preparation for a possible avian influenza, Roche has asked
contract manufacturer Aspen Pharmacare to produce finished doses of
Tamiflu (oseltamivir) in Africa.
American chemists have found that seeds of the sweetgum fruit
contain significant amounts of shikimic acid, the main starting
material for Tamiflu, in a discovery that could prove vital, as
demand for the drug skyrockets amidst bird...
Responding to surging demand for its flu drug Tamiflu, Roche has
announced it is expanding its external contractors to fifteen in
nine different countries, as its needs for intermediates and
finished product increase.
Swiss pharma giants, Roche, has announced a collaboration with
Amira Pharmaceuticals, which is to focus on inflammatory disease
targets, in a deal that could build on Roche's strong position in
the inflammatory market, having...
New insights into the dysregulation of beta cells and their impact
on type 2 diabetes progression is now possible after Roche
announced a partnership, which aims to identify novel pathways and
new biomarkers for drug development.
Roche has formed a research collaboration with Epitomics, giving
Roche a license to Epitomics' monoclonal antibody technology
(RabMab technology) for the discovery and development of monoclonal
antibodies to treat cancer and...
Roche Diagnostics has announced it has settled all litigation in
the United States, Europe and Australia, with Promega concerning
Polymerase Chain Reaction Technology (PCR), ending a decade of
litigation between the two companies.
Concern over the threat of a new flu pandemic is hiking demand for
Roche's Tamiflu >(oseltamivir phosphate) product to the extent
that the firm needs to build another production plant, reports
The success of personalised healthcare depends on a better
understanding of how gut microbes interact with different
medicines, according to scientists, who believe that the microflora
makeup of an individual has been overlooked when...
Pharmasset of the US could receive funding of $168 million
(€131.8m) in upfront and milestone payments - with the prospect of
receiving more - after licensing its preclinical hepatitis C drug
programme to Swiss drug giant Roche.
India's Dishman Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals has set up a company
specialising in the contract manufacture of active pharmaceutical
ingredients (APIs) and intermediates that is specifically aimed at
winning business from foreign...
A US appeals court has reversed an earlier decision to make
Switzerland's Roche pay almost $500 million in damages to Igen in a
dispute over a technology used in clinical diagnostics and
Roche has licensed exclusive marketing rights outside the USA to
Avastin (bevacizumab), a drug for colorectal cancer, from
Genentech. The latter company will retain all rights to the drug in
its home market.
UK developer of medical diagnostics devices Osmetech continued the
strategy to build on its healthcare diagnostics business with the
acquisition this week of the Atlanta-based 'OPTI' product line of
blood gas analysers owned...
Shareholders at Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche welcomed the
start of a new era as the company summarised recent events,
including the divestment of the vitamins business, at its annual
general meeting yesterday.