by: ChinaBio Today
Jiangsu Hungrui Medicine is the company behind the first the drug given FDA approval to begin clinical trials. The drug, Retagliptin, is an improved version of Mercks Januvia, a member of the DPP-4 inhibitor class of drugs prescribed for type 2 diabetes patients who are not on insulin. No trials have begun with Retagliptin in China. The other China drugs in US tests are derived from TCMs. Unlike metformin and pioglitazone, two drugs widely used by the same patient population, DPP-4 drugs do not cause weight gain.
According to a new report from Wicon International, the total amount of revenue generated by drug products in China during 2009 is expected to grow by 16% to reach 563 billion RMB ($82 billion). Experts think a variety of factors may move the final number much higher, closer to a 20-25% increase. The official PRC government statistics for the first five months of 2009 show total pharmaceutical sales reached 322 billion RMB ($47.4 billion) for the period, implying full-year 2009 would equal 773 billion RMB ($113.7 billion) if the industry keeps up its early-year pace.
Sinovac Biotech has been selected by the Public Health Bureau of Beijing to be one of four vaccine companies that will supply the city with seasonal flu vaccine for 2009. Sinovac will provide Beijing with its split viron vaccine, AnfluÂ®. The city hopes the vaccineâ€™s usefulness will spread beyond the seasonal flu to also protect its citizens from H1N1 swine flu. Sinovac did not disclose financial terms or its share of the contract.
The Mexican government announced a deal to purchase 10 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine from China, though it was not specified which China pharmaceutical companies would supply the vaccine. Mexico has already purchased 20 million doses of the vaccine from European sources. All deliveries will be in time for Mexicoâ€™s winter flu season.
Simcere Pharmaceutical Group and Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center of Guangzhou have established a strategic relationship to develop cancer drugs. In addition, the two companies will build a joint program to train personnel in advanced R&D. The company did not disclose any specifics about the nature of the cancer drug investigation, though the research at Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center focuses on innovative drugs.
American Oriental Bioengineering reported it has SFDA approval to produce 61 of the products included in China\'s newly announced Essential Drug List, though the company is currently producing only six of them. American Oriental markets 60 pharmaceutical products, and it has another 400 products that have been approved by the SFDA, but arenâ€™t being produced at this point.
China Sky One Medical admitted that its financial reports filed with the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) under-reported the income of China Sky Oneâ€™s China-based subsidiaries. The company said it expects the SAIC to assess a penalty for the misstatements, but it does not think the penalty will be material to the company.