Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Pfizer Hearts Biologic Drugs

Pfizer has acquired the worldwide rights to sell insulin and insulin analogs being developed by Indian biotech company Biocon, in an attempt to work its way into the generic biotech drug market, says the New York Times' Andrew Pollack in the Prescriptions blog. Pfizer will pay Biocon $200 million initially, and then another $150 million, while Biocon manufactures the insulin. Other pharma companies are also getting into the biologic market, Pollack says. Merck, for example, has a business unit dedicated to biosimilars. And the health care reform law requires FDA to develop a system to approve such biotech generics, Pollack adds. The agency is holding a meeting in November to seek input on how to set up such a system.

The Scan

Rise of BA.5

The New York Times reports that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 has become the dominant version of SARS-CoV-2 in the US.

UK Health Secretary Resigns

Sajid Javid, the UK health secretary, resigned along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak, saying they cannot work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, CNN reports.

Clones From Freeze-Dried Cells

A team in Japan has cloned mice from freeze-dried skin cells, according to the Guardian.

Genome Research Papers on Craniosynostosis, Macaque Retrotransposition, More

In Genome Research this week: structural variants in craniosynostosis, LINE-1 activity in rhesus macaque brain, and more.