Monday, 22 February 2010

Key Developments in Latin America and Europe

Regulatory developments in Latin America

There have been several pharmaceutical regulatory developments in Latin America this week. In Mexico, the renewal registration process is affecting smaller pharmaceutical producers, while in Peru, the new regulation for pharmaceuticals is expected to increase the quality of drugs approved in the country. In Colombia, Abbott has finally decided to comply with the national pricing commission and reduce the price of one of its antiretrovirals sold in the country.

Manufacturing developments in Europe

There have also been interesting developments in Europe. In Germany, the race to acquire ratiopharm is coming closer to an end, with two leading generic producers, Teva and Actavis, interested in the acquisition. In Ireland, Taro Pharmaceuticals has announced that it is to close its manufacturing facility by the end of March. Meanwhile, Medis International has opened a new packaging plant in Czech Republic and a local biologic producer, Philogen, has acquired a manufacturing site from Bayer in Italy.

Further reading - Detailed reports on these pharmaceutical markets are available from Espicom: Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Czech Republic and Italy.

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