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Breakthrough barriers: Seeking fast track review means betting on data says Roche

To benefit from breakthrough therapy designation (BTD) pharma companies must be willing “bet on the right data” according to Roche, which says this could be a challenge for smaller firms.

Big firms dominate solubility sector but demand creating space for small players, says Kline & Co

BASF, Abitec and Gattefossé dominate the solubility excipients market but growing demand for tech to enhance API solubility is creating opportunities for smaller suppliers according to new research.

Bayer spends $100m on haemophilia development in Berkeley

Bayer has announced it will create a $100m (€94m) product testing site in California for its haemophilia A pipeline.

Catalent completes expansion of US complex tablet site

Catalent has doubled production capacity and added extra analytical lab space at its facility in Winchester, Kentucky, US.

WHO: incentives and enforcement needed to improve trial data transparency

Publishing summary clinical trial results poses no threat to patient privacy according to the WHO, which says enforcing transparency laws and incentivising sponsors is key to making sure data from all trials is reported.

Concerns climate change will see tick-borne diseases spread to the UK are legitimate, says PHE

Concerns climate change will see malaria, West Nile virus and chikungunya spread to the UK are legitimate says PHE, even though no insects carrying such diseases have been detected to date.

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Distributing donated drugs a major challenge says UK neglected diseases group

Distributing donated drugs a major challenge says UK neglected diseases group

More drugs for tropical diseases have been donated since the London declaration of 2012, but getting them...

Novasep to make API for Celladon's heart attack gene therapy
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Novasep joins Lonza as Mydicar API producer in deal with Celladon

Novasep and Lonza will both make the API for Celladon's heart attack therapy, Mydicar.

Lethal injection drug shortage brings return of firing squad in Utah

Lethal injection drug shortage brings return of firing squad in Utah

Utah will allow execution by firing squad as European pharmaceutical companies refuse to provide drugs for lethal...

Growing elderly population to drive drug excipients sector, study

Growth with aid of Grey: Elderly folks to drive excipients sector, study

Demand for pensioner friendly pills will be an important growth driver for the drug excipients sector according...

WHO calls for proactive strategies to combat falsified, substandard medicines

WHO calls for proactive strategies to combat falsified, substandard medicines

The WHO’s latest report on substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products has the organization divvying up certain responsibilities for...

US diabetics pay most for drugs, but world’s poorest bear the biggest economic burden

US diabetics pay most for drugs, but world’s poorest bear the biggest economic burden

Further evidence US diabetics pay more for drugs than sufferers in comparable countries has emerged this month...

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