29-Aug-2014 - Biopharmaceutical firm Merck Serono will make small molecule drugs at the new plant it is building in China according to a company spokeswoman, who told us the firm will supply both local and international markets.
28-Aug-2014 - Poppies will continue to be the main source of industrial opiates long-term according to GSK, despite a recent breakthrough in efforts to produce it in GM yeast.
26-Aug-2014 - Patheon has received approval from the DEA to bulk manufacture the schedule I product Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB) from its facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.
26-Aug-2014 - EMD Millipore has been contracted to supply raw materials to the Samsung Biologics plant where ingredients for BM-S’ anticancer monoclonal antibody Yervoy (ipilimumab) are made.
25-Aug-2014 - EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) and EGA (European Generics Association) have released comments suggesting specific changes to the EMA’s draft guidance on stability data for manufacturing changes.
21-Aug-2014 - Indian manufacturer Claris Lifesciences has had its injectable drug manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad approved by the UK MHRA.
21-Aug-2014 - Opiate API manufacturer Macfarlan Smith has been fined £12,000 for failing to ensure the safety of an employee injured at its plant in Scotland in 2011.
19-Aug-2014 - WuXiPharmaTech has received US FDA approval to manufacture an API for a commercial drug from a plant in Shanghai.
19-Aug-2014 - Recipharm will buy Corvette Pharmaceutical Services Group from private equity owners LBO Italia Investimenti to add much needed lyophilisation capacity and increase access to the Italian market.
18-Aug-2014 - US authorities are reviewing a Neolpharma request for tax breaks for APIs imported to a former Pfizer-owned plant it operates in Puerto Rico.
14-Aug-2014 - Ranbaxy has reported a 14% drop year-on-year of overseas revenues attributed in part to the voluntary suspension of shipments from its Toansa and Dewas facilities API facilities.
14-Aug-2014 - Over the next few months Sanofi and non-profit PATH are delivering the first large-scale batches of an artemisinin-based combination therapy to five African countries, which will for the first time be manufactured with semi-synthetic artesunate.
11-Aug-2014 - Daiichi Sankyo has agreed to sell a Japanese API plant to Alfresa Pharma as part of a wider reorganisation of its business.
11-Aug-2014 - Fine chemicals manufacturer Ashland has laid down plans to expand a Klucel hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) plant in Virginia to meet growing pharma demand.
07-Aug-2014 - A previously unknown signaling platform may be responsible for the success of the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis in reducing tumour size, which also may lead to the development of a synthetic THC equivalent, scientists say.
06-Aug-2014 - The tightening federal budget is increasing competition between research institutes and academia when it comes to preclinical toxicology testing, according to MRIGlobal.
05-Aug-2014 - US and foreign API facilities will see their annual US FDA facility fees rise more than $5,000, while their FDF (fixed-dose form) counterparts will see their fees rise by more than $20,000.
04-Aug-2014 - China has tightened its GMP requirements and compliant API suppliers will benefit from a reduction in competition, according to ScinoPharm.
04-Aug-2014 - The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) of Ireland has published a list of 12 active substances contained in medicines that could potentially be switched from prescription-only to over the counter sale.
30-Jul-2014 - Zhejiang Jiuzhou Pharmaceutical has received an FDA warning letter after shipping a misbranded active pharmaceutical ingredient to the US.
24-Jul-2014 - Ipca Laboratories has halted shipments to the US of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) made from a facility in India following a US FDA inspection.
23-Jul-2014 - Onyx Scientific has been contracted to develop and manufacture APIs for clinical trials by charitable group Cancer Research UK.
23-Jul-2014 - 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.
23-Jul-2014 - 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.
22-Jul-2014 - Scientists in Sweden have developed a magnesium carbonate-based excipient they claim is a low-cost nanotech alternative to silica for drugmakers struggling to formulate insoluble APIs.
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