FiercePharmaAsia combs earnings calls by major drug companies for notable and quotable nuggets on emerging markets and Asia to track the latest sales trends and insight into business outlooks in markets as diverse as China, India and Japan to Southeast Asia.
Major Western device and medical technology firms launched Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association, or APACMed, pledging the association would unite a fragmented effort to work with regulators across a region that is both lucrative and frustrating on issues ranging from import rules to public tender guidelines.
Diabetes care at Abbott Laboratories has returned to sales growth as ex-U.S. sales of its new FreeStyle Libre kick in and the impact of diabetes device reimbursement reductions dropped off the books. The continuous glucose monitor eliminates regular finger sticks and has surpassed the company's sales expectations.
New Enterprise Associates has closed a pair of funds totaling $3.15 billion to invest in information technology and healthcare companies. And while med tech may not loom particularly large for NEA, the firm does have roughly a couple of dozen active medical device portfolio companies.
Abbott Laboratories is selling off one-third of the stake in Mylan it acquired through last year's stock swap, a few weeks after Mylan wrapped up its $5.3 billion buyout of Abbott's portfolio of specialty and branded drugs.
The catheter-based insertion of one of the latest generation of drug-coated stents is just as effective as bypass surgery in treating coronary artery disease, according to a study in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. That was not the case with the prior generations of bare metal or first-generation drug-eluting stents.
As one of the country's large exporting industries, the medical device industry has been hit by the appreciation of the U.S. dollar, which makes exports more expensive and imports cheaper.
It's been less than a week since Mylan completed its deal with Abbott, scooping up a large chunk of the Illinois company's overseas generics business. But CEO Heather Bresch is already hinting at another big transaction.
India's top drugmaker, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, has agreed to buy GlaxoSmithKline's opiates business in Australia, placing it as one of three owners that control the crop and production in Tasmania that is the world's largest legal supplier of pharmaceutical-grade opiates for painkillers.
Rainbow Medical will open an office in Shanghai to help facilitate strategic deals as part of a $25 million cash infusion from investors in China. The firm is an Israeli-based seed investor and incubator specifically for medical device and medical technology startups.