AstraZeneca has made an $875-million move to beef up its respiratory pipeline by making Almirall's lineup its own.
US sales fell 10%, and corruption allegations in China ate into emerging-market sales.
GlaxoSmithKline claims that Sandoz needs to change the packaging for its generic Advair.
Known as Breo Ellipta in the US, GlaxoSmithKline's Relvar Ellipta was approved by the EMA for asthma and COPD. The overall market is expected to continue to grow, but an NIH study indicates more patient conversations need to happen.
The FDA approved the Breo/Ellipta combo, but analysts are wary about its potential to go beyond the COPD indication in the US.