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U.S. FDA chief steps down abruptly

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb plans to step down in April 2019, a sudden resignation that calls into question how the regulatory agency will handle issues such as surging e-cigarette use among teens and efforts to increase competition in prescription drugs.

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U.S. seeks to cut dialysis costs with more home care versus clinics

The Trump administration is working on a new payment approach for treating kidney disease that favors lower cost care at home and transplants, a change that would upend a dialysis industry that provides care in thousands of clinics nationwide.

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Indivior launches generic version of own opioid drug

Indivior launched a copycat version of the opioid addiction drug Suboxone in the U.S., one day after a court decision cleared the way for rivals to market generic forms of the blockbuster medicine.

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U.S. top court rejects bid to block Indivior opioid drug copycat

The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to Indivior Plc on Tuesday, clearing the way for a copycat version of the British pharmaceutical firm’s lucrative opioid addiction treatment Suboxone Film in a victory for India-based generic drug maker Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd.

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Sanofi and Regeneron cutting list price of cholesterol drug by 60 percent

Sanofi SA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. will slash the U.S. list price of the companies’ potent but expensive cholesterol fighter Praluent by 60 percent.

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J&J to add prices to television ads

Johnson & Johnson will start adding the price of the company’s medicines to television commercials by March 2019, becoming the first drugmaker to heed a call by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Novartis CEO lauds Trump administration plan to overhaul rebates

Novartis AG Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said his company’s prescription drug prices have been “flat to negative” over the last three years, and directed blame for high costs for U.S. patients on industry middlemen that manage drug benefits.

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Trump says Americans pay too much for prescription drugs: speech excerpt

U.S. President Donald Trump said Americans are paying more than people in other countries for prescription drugs, according to excerpts from the State of the Union address.

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Powerful Senate committee invites pharma executives to testify

A powerful U.S. Senate committee invited seven pharmaceutical companies to testify at a hearing during February 2019 examining rising prescription drug prices.

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U.S. judge throws out Maryland bid to protect Obamacare law

A U.S. judge threw out the state of Maryland’s bid to protect the healthcare law known as Obamacare in a ruling that also sidestepped a decision on whether President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general was lawful.

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