News tagged with generic competition

Viagra ads target women for first time

The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial in America that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

15 hours ago
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$580 million EU antitrust fine for drug makers

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of 428 million euros ($580 million) on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.

Jul 09, 2014
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Pfizer stock trades halted over drug patent ruling

A U.S. court on Wednesday invalidated the key patent for one of Pfizer's most lucrative medicines, potentially opening the door for cheaper generic versions 18 months sooner than expected and cutting into the drugmaker's ...

Mar 12, 2014
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Pfizer's 4Q net plunges on charges, sales decline

Drugmaker Pfizer said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit plunged 59 percent because of discontinued operations, restructuring and other charges, and generic competition continuing to siphon off revenue from ...

Jan 28, 2014
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Pfizer 3Q net falls due to generics, higher costs

Pfizer Inc.'s third-quarter profit dropped 19 percent as competition from generic drugs continued to cut sales, while lower operating expenses failed to offset higher taxes and charges.

Oct 29, 2013
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Merck 3Q net income falls on charges, lower sales

Merck & Co. said Monday that its third-quarter profit plunged 35 percent because of competition from generic drugs, lower sales of its top-selling medicine, and restructuring and acquisition charges. It still beat Wall Street's ...

Oct 28, 2013
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AstraZeneca to pay about $260M for Omthera Pharma (Update 2)

British drugmaker AstraZeneca PLC plans to spend about $260 million on Omthera Pharmaceuticals Inc., a specialty drug developer with only 14 employees but has a potential treatment for patients who have high levels of fats ...

May 28, 2013
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Sanofi earnings slashed in first quarter

(AP)—French drug maker Sanofi said Thursday its net profit was slashed in the first quarter from a year earlier as falling sales and patent losses on key drugs combined to hammer earnings.

May 02, 2013
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US Justice Department appeals morning-after case

(AP)—The Obama administration appealed a federal judge's order to lift all age limits on who can buy morning-after birth control pills without a prescription. In appealing the ruling on Wednesday, the administration ...

May 02, 2013
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Pfizer Q1 profit up, but drugmaker cuts outlook

Pfizer Inc.'s first-quarter net income rose 53 percent despite falling sales, mainly because the world's second-largest drugmaker took big charges a year ago. Pfizer's results fell short of Wall Street's ...

Apr 30, 2013
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