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Europe approves Merck Serono prefilled pen injectors

05-Jul-2011 - Merck Serono has received European approval for prefilled pen injectors designed to increase compliance during fertility treatment.

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Par to reduce sales headcount at Strativa unit

30-Jun-2011 - Par Pharmaceutical will cut 100 jobs at its proprietary products division Strativa Pharmaceuticals as part of a restructuring plan designed to save as much as $12m.

PhRMA and GPhA disagree on ‘first to file’ US patent law plan

27-Jun-2011 - The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has welcomed proposed changes to US patent laws that would alter the basis for patent awards.

Hovione and PSI team on poorly soluble APIs

09-Jun-2011 - Portugal-headquartered API manufacturer Hovione has teamed up with Particle Sciences (PSI) to tackle the issue of poor drug solubility.

Functional excipients to drive US market to $2bn by 2015, study

08-Jun-2011 - Demand for functional excipients will drive growth of the US market over the next few years according to new analysis.

Pfizer considers generics manufacturing JV with Hisun

06-Jun-2011 - Pfizer says it is considering a manufacturing-focused partnership with China’s Zhejiang Hisun Pharmaceutical as part of its generic drug business.


Watson buys Specifar in busy month of M&As for generics sector

31-May-2011 - Watson Pharmaceuticals has bought Greek generics firm Specifar Pharmaceuticals, bringing to an end a busy month of deal making in the non-branded drug sector.

Serina gets US patent for polyoxazoline polymer delivery tech

24-May-2011 - Serina Therapeutics has developed a new way of synthesizing polyoxazoline (POZ) polymers for drug delivery applications that, it claims, is free of the drawbacks that have hampered previous production methods.

MWV filling line services support delivery method switch

17-May-2011 - MWV is offering packaging machinery modifications to support pharmaceutical clients switching to preservative-free pumps.

Aptuit producing fast-dissolve nanoparticles in Ph III deal

05-May-2011 - Aptuit is manufacturing Phase III materials for Iroko using a nanoformulation technology that produces fast-dissolving particles.

Prosonix and Sterling complete API commercialisation

04-May-2011 - Prosonix and Italian partner Sterling have completed the commercialisation of a respiratory active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) using the UK firm’s unique particle engineering technology.

Pharma future bright for Puerto Rico says PRIDCO

04-Apr-2011 - The pharmaceutical manufacturing sector in Puerto Rico will thrive because of and not in spite of changes to the country’s tax and incentive laws according to the Puerto Rico Industrial...

UNCTAD to discuss fostering drug manufacturing in Africa

21-Mar-2011 - Next month the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will organise a meeting to discuss ways of encouraging the production of pharmaceutical in Africa.

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In a tough regulatory climate being forewarned is forearmed, says ISI Europe

17-Mar-2011 - Don’t think of the global regulatory information clampdown as a burden. It’s an opportunity to put your house in order, says Adam Sherlock, MD of ISI Europe.

Pfizer may sell non-core units according to analyst

15-Mar-2011 - US drug giant Pfizer may sell its generics, consumer health and Capsugel units in an effort to slim down and refocus on its core pharmaceutical business according to a number...

Study questions $1.3bn average R&D cost per new drug

01-Mar-2011 - New research has questioned the widely accepted $1.3bn average cost of R&D per new drug, claiming it is an overestimate and an obstacle.

Capsugel buys FlexTab to expand into high value markets

17-Feb-2011 - Pfizer’s Capsugel unit has bought an injection molding technology that, it believes, will expand its capsule filling business into new “high value segments.”

Sanofi to buy Genzyme for $20.1bn and performance-based CVR

16-Feb-2011 - French drugmaker Sanofi Aventis will buy Genzyme after the firms finally agree a valuation based on manufacturing performance, approvals and sales.

Novasep and instrAction team on taxane process development

09-Feb-2011 - Novasep and instrAction have partnered to develop improved methods for the production of taxane-based active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) citing growing demand for cancer treatments as key driver.

INC aims to bolster consulting arm with Avos acquisition

18-Jan-2011 - US CRO INC Research has bought industry consulting group Avos Life Sciences, citing pharma clients’ need to maximize return on R&D and minimize risk as the key driver.

Indian cultural diversity affects attitudes to pharma packaging

10-Jan-2011 - Cultural diversity within India underpins differing attitudes to oral dose pharmaceutical packaging and this could impact on prescribing habits.

Novel drug delivery critical to pharma’s future, says report

14-Dec-2010 - Pharma should forget about ‘the next blockbuster drug’ and invest more money creating novel drug delivery systems with emerging developers to enhance product value and efficacy, say researchers.

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Novartis to reduce US sales force, days after denying job cut rumours

01-Dec-2010 - Novartis will reduce its US General Medicines sales force by 1,400 employees next year in preparation for impending patent loss for key products.

Celanese rolls out new customisable EVA excipient

08-Nov-2010 - Celanese has launched a new controlled-release EVA excipient and says developing enhanced formulations is key to a drugmaker’s competitive edge in today’s pharmaceutical market.

Endeavour sees recovery in intermediates sector

28-Oct-2010 - Drug industry demand for chemical intermediates and development projects has rebounded significantly in the last 12 months according to UK group Endeavour Specialty Chemicals.

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