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Scientists discover novel antibiotic in vagina

18-Sep-2014 - Scientists looking to solve the looming threat of antimicrobial resistance have discovered an antibiotic in the vagina.

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ICH elemental impurities guideline expected to be finalized at end of September

18-Sep-2014 - After much discussion and some confusion , the ICH’s (International Conference on Harmonization) Q3D guideline , which will govern elemental impurities in final drug products, is expected to be finalized at the end of this month.

Almac teams with Welsh academics to create P450 enzymes for industry

16-Sep-2014 - Almac has teamed up with Welsh Academics and industrial chemistry firm Hockley International to develop enzymes capable of making drug intermediates more quickly.

Mannkind looks to Sanofi for secondary supply of inhalable insulin API

16-Sep-2014 - Mannkind says Sanofi could become a second API supplier for its recently approved inhalable insulin drug Afrezza following its commercialisation partnership last month.

Techs can help Ireland compete on costs says team behind new hub

15-Sep-2014 - Ireland once was a drug making nexus,Making meds sold from Cairo to Texas.But with key patents gone,Firms are keen to move on,And a new Limerick tech hub reflects this, says director.

Synthon sells Czech plant to Mercachem in API consolidation move

08-Sep-2014 - Synthon has consolidated its Czech API capabilities through the sale of a laboratory and pilot scale plant in Prague to CRO Mercachem.

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Evonik invests in Japanese silica capacity

08-Sep-2014 - Chemicals firm Evonik has expanded its capacity in Japan to cope with high demands for specialty silica, used in various drugmaking operations.

ISPE offers preview to drug shortages prevention plan

08-Sep-2014 - The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) last week offered up a preview to its plan to help manufacturers avoid or mitigate drug shortages due to manufacturing or quality issues.

Xellia says it planned to invest in Raleigh plant before new tax deal

04-Sep-2014 - Xellia has agreed to invest $100m in equipment, retain staff and create 40 full time jobs at the plant it bought in Raleigh, North Carolina in return for business incentives. 

400 R&D jobs cut as Novo Nordisk says goodbye to inflammatory work

03-Sep-2014 - Novo Nordisk has scrapped all its inflammatory disease therapy development programmes, cutting 400 jobs. 

Stem cells made available for API development by European biobank

02-Sep-2014 - A German biobank has made stem cells available to active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) firms this week in a bid to support industry drug development efforts.

Merck KGaA biopharma division to make small molecule drugs in China

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.

GSK: GM yeast breakthrough won't kill off poppy-based opium

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.

EMD Millipore to supply Samsung's Yervoy plant in 10-year deal

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.

DEA approves manufacture of GHB at Patheon Cincinnati plant

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.

EFPIA, EGA take issue with EMA’s guidance on stability data for APIs

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.

Claris gets MHRA OK for injectables plant

21-Aug-2014 - Indian manufacturer Claris Lifesciences has had its injectable drug manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad approved by the UK MHRA.

Macfarlan Smith fined $12,000 after accident at API plant

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.

US FDA 'stamp of approval' testament to WuXi's growth in APIs

19-Aug-2014 - WuXiPharmaTech has received US FDA approval to manufacture an API for a commercial drug from a plant in Shanghai.

Recipharm to buy Corvette to drive Italian growth and boost freeze drying clout

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.

US mulls Federal Trade Zone status for Neolpharma Puerto Rico plant

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.

API sales down 81% as Ranbaxy feels fallout from US import alerts

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.

Sanofi begins distribution of semi-synthetic antimalarials in Africa

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.

Daiichi sells API plant and outlines business rejig

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.

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Ashland expands HPC production at VA plant

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.


Ben venue fallout continues to cause headache for Boehringer Ingelheim

Ben venue fallout continues to cause headache for Boehringer Ingelheim

Divested sterile manufacturer Ben Venue has continued to cause trouble for Boehringer Ingelheim with a second recall...

‘James bond’-like tech is the end to overdoses, says formulation firm

‘James bond’-like tech is the end to overdoses, says formulation firm

Canadian drugmaker Intellipharmaceutics has developed a kill-switch formulation it says will prevent drug misuse and accidental overdoses.

Find other oral forms for tablet-hating patients, drugmakers told

Find other oral forms for tablet-hating patients, drugmakers told

Pharma firms must provide imaginative solid dosage alternatives to tablets and capsules, says research claiming more than...

Gangsters imported fake drugs from Asia says Europol

Gangsters imported fake drugs from Asia says Europol

Millions of fake pharmaceuticals seized earlier today were imported from Asia by an organised crime group that...

Compounding the problem: US warns two more pharmacies

Compounding the problem: US warns two more pharmacies

The US FDA has criticised the Compounding Shop and Zion Rx Formulations Services for making unapproved and...

Is Pfizer now eyeing up Actavis three months after failed AZ bid?

Is Pfizer now eyeing up Actavis three months after failed AZ bid?

Pfizer is rumoured to be eyeing up Actavis three months after failing to woo AstraZeneca in a...

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