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Generics: change in pill shape makes patients 66% more likely to quit

Generics: change in pill shape makes patients 66% more likely to quit

Switching patients to generic pills of a different shape and colour increases the chances they will end their course of medicine early, according to research.

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Patent expiration and a large molecule pipeline has prompted Eli Lilly to repurpose a solid oral dose plant in Indiana.

As the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) signs off on a new tripartite guideline related to elemental impurities, the European Pharmacopoeia Commission will revise its texts to ensure consistency. 

Johnson Matthey’s API business had a mixed fiscal Q1 with gains made in ADHD ingredients and bulk opiates being accompanied by a decline in revenue from specialty opiates.

MonosolRx has found a new US licensee for its oral film ondansetron product, Zuplenz, signing up Galena BioPharma nearly four years after previous partner Strativa handed the drug back.

Big pharma employees are among the brightest minds in the world, and data released yesterday on their Wikipedia use shows their interests spread beyond drug development into lighter fare.

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Biosimilar trials: the ‘under the radar’ sourcing race from BioPharma-Reporter.com

Timescales and sourcing comparator biologics are the biggest challenges for biopharmas running biosimilars studies, says an expert.

Pamplona CMO bullish about biopharma prospects after fundraising from BioPharma-Reporter.com

3P Biopharmaceuticals has raised funds and announced plans to invest in its manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of international clients.

Big Pharma's 'intellectual arrogance' stunts CMO partnerships, says GPCM Chair from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Efficient relationships with contract manufacturers are being held back by Big Pharma’s ‘intellectual arrogance’ and ill-defined operational teams, according to an ex-Director at GlaxoSmithKline.

USFDA approves Novasep facilities for kinase inhibitor contract from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Novasep has received the regulatory nod to manufacture a kinase inhibitor new molecular entity (NME) following pre-approval inspections at two facilities in France.

Accovion continues expansions across Europe from Outsourcing-Pharma.com

Germany-based full-service CRO (contract research organization) Accovion has expanded European presence with new offices in Italy, France and Eastern Europe. 

Brazilian JV looks to tap plant-based manufacturing system for biosimilars from BioPharma-Reporter.com

Biologic manufacturer PlantForm and PharmaPraxis have established a joint venture to develop, manufacture and commercialize biosimilar versions of six key biopharma treatments.

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Exporters rush to meet Chinese FDA serialisation requirements

Exporters rush to meet Chinese FDA serialisation requirements

Pharmaceutical companies are rushing to respond to shortened deadlines from China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) for...

GSK confident despite endotoxin problems at Canadian vaccine plant

GSK confident despite ongoing endotoxin problems at Canadian flu vaccine plant

GSK is confident it can meet Flulaval production targets ahead of this winter’s flu season despite ongoing...

Marketing agency targets poor interns for GSK paid trials

Marketing agency targets poor interns for GSK paid trials

Representatives for GSK have targeted struggling graduates and unpaid interns as volunteers for clinical trials, saying the...

Roche: ‘If suppliers don’t open up their books, then we are done’

Roche: ‘If suppliers don’t open up their books, then we are done’

Drug raw materials suppliers have not recognised their potential value to biopharmaceutical customers according to Roche which...

Teva's 70+ manufacturing sites could be halved in efficiency drive

Teva's 70+ manufacturing sites could be halved in efficiency drive

Teva could halve its manufacturing network as part of its $2bn-a-year efficiency programme says CFO Eyal Desheh,...

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