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Amgen recalls anemia drugs over glass concerns

Amgen Inc. is recalling hundred of lots of anemia drugs Epogen and Procrit, sold by Johnson & Johnson, because vials of the injectable medicines might develop tiny glass flakes that could cause blood clots and other serious health problems.

Amgen, which sells Epogen, makes the identical drugs at a plant in Puerto Rico. Get the full story »

Hospira to test “biosimilar” anemia drug in U.S.

In the wake of health reform’s passage, Hospira Inc. will begin testing an experimental cheaper version of a popular anemia treatment in the first phase of a U.S. clinical trial.

A path for the Food and Drug Administration to approval “biosimilar” or biogeneric drugs was a part of health reform legislation passed by Congress and signed into law four months ago by President Barack Obama. Biotech brands are available only outside the U.S. but the law will enable biosimilars here in the coming years. Get the full story »