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Johnson Matthey: APIs down but Sigma-Aldrich acq could bring opportunities

24-Nov-2014 - The acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA could provide some opportunities for Johnson Matthey, the fine chemical company says as it reports a flat first half 2014/15.

BASF sells Norway plant, focuses on pharma grade omega-3 products

24-Nov-2014 - BASF says the supply of API to GSK and other pharma customers will not be affected by the divestment of an omega-3 production plant in Norway.

Do laws hindering umbrella-wielding assassins also hurt Pharma?

19-Nov-2014 - The US Government has asked drugmakers and fine chemicals firms if laws designed to stop the proliferation of chemical weapons are hurting legitimate business.

Indian API manufacturer earns FDA warning letter due to cGMP violations

12-Nov-2014 - Cadila Pharmaceuticals was cited by the US FDA for failing to respond appropriately and to correct issues related to customer complaints.

API shipment delays, New Mexico site issues hamper AMRI Q3 earnings

11-Nov-2014 - Power interruptions and remediation work at AMRI’s Albuquerque, New Mexico facility, as well as unexpected delays to API shipments have driven down the company’s Q3 profits.

Pork Belies: Will traceability regs see China lose dominance of global heparin market?

10-Nov-2014 - Heparin production may be moving back to Europe according to the EFCG, which cited the opening of Pharma Action’s processing plant as an indication that API buyers value quality and compliance throughout the supply chain.

Golden spear: a thorn in Big Pharma’s ED business in China?

04-Nov-2014 - A generic version of Viagra launched in China contains the same amount of sildenafil citrate for a fraction of the price according to manufacturer Guangzhou Baiyuanshan Pharmaceutical Holdings (GBPH).

Warburg Pincus buys 32% stake in Laurus citing ARVs and global opportunities

03-Nov-2014 - Warburg Pincus has bought a 32% stake in Indian API maker Laurus Labs Private Limited citing the ARV drug ingredients market and international opportunities as drivers.

India cuts stability data reqs for API firms seeking docs to ship to EU

30-Oct-2014 - India has relaxed stability data requirements for API manufacturers seeking “written confirmation of quality” certificates needed to ship to the EU.

Pharma Action crude heparin plant due to open next week

28-Oct-2014 - A plant being set up by Pharma Action and meat supplier Toennies will produce 15 tonnes of 100% traceable crude heparin a year.

Superbug-driven surge in polymyxin demand prompts EMA to reassess safety info

27-Oct-2014 - A superbug-fuelled resurgence of polymyxin antibiotics has prompted the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to re-examine safety warnings for the side effect heavy anti-infectives

Starting debate: EMA says rules on API materials need clarification

23-Oct-2014 - Drugmakers’ clashes with regulators over the suitability of API starting materials suggest ICH Q11 is open to interpretation and that clarification is needed according to the EMA.

Deadly spider found in UK shopping could provide alternative to Viagra

21-Oct-2014 - Venom from a Brazilian Wandering Spider that ‘wandered’ into a UK household’s shopping basket could treat erectile dysfunction, according to scientists, in one example of drug ingredients being sourced from nature.

Quality probs and rising wages will see new API hubs replace China and India says analyst

20-Oct-2014 - Analysts predicting a second wave of global API hubs say it will be hard for manufacturers in Latin America, Ukraine and Taiwan to avoid the pitfalls that stymied former high growth sectors in Asia.

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Food supplements are Europe's real counterfeit drug problem says AIFA expert

15-Oct-2014 - Drug active ingredients in food supplements are Europe’s real falsified medicines problem according to the head of AIFA’s counterfeit prevention team.

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IPEC calls for inclusion of excipient compound monographs in Ph. Eur.

14-Oct-2014 - 'Excipient compound' monographs should be included in the European Pharmacopoeia according to IPEC, which argues they would help manufacturers and promote acceptance of the standards outside Europe.

Capsugel’s French and Belgian Sites Receive EXCiPACT Certification

13-Oct-2014 - The auditing company, SGS, recently certified that Capsugel’s manufacturing sites in Colmar, France and Bornem, Belgium meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards set by EXCiPACT for pharmaceutical excipients manufacturing.

Drug Industry in Paris for CPhI

08-Oct-2014 -   [View the story "Pharma industry goes to Paris" on Storify]

Share API audits or see quality slump, says Hovione

08-Oct-2014 - The sharing of audit reports for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) is essential in order to help avert the global decline in quality, according to Hovione’s CEO.

Green chemistry makes 'cents' for cost-focused API firms says expert

07-Oct-2014 - Making drugs generates a huge amount of waste but industry is showing signs of cleaning up its act according to Paul Anastas, the Yale scientist who coined the phrase "green chemistry."

Pre CPhI Special

How green was my Valium? Not very, despite industry claims

01-Oct-2014 - Making active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) is a dirty business and you’d have to be pretty green to believe claims drug industry 'demand' will create a $100bn market for environmentally-friendly production methods by 2020.

Strides Arcolab to leverage API business in Shasun acquisition

01-Oct-2014 - The acquisition of Shasun Pharmaceuticals will add API production and contracting services to Strides Arcolab, and according to Shasun’s CEO no jobs will be lost.

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Consort Medical cites growing Bespak as driver for £230m Aesica acquisition

30-Sep-2014 - Consort Medical will buy UK contractor Aesica for £230m from Silverfleet Capital in a deal announced today.

News in brief

Hikma: API facility bolsters our oncology pipeline

23-Sep-2014 - Hikma has opened a new API facility in Jordan to support its oncology pipeline.

Breaking news

Merck KGaA: $17bn 'Rolls Royce' Sigma-Aldrich to keep major St Louis site

22-Sep-2014 - The $17bn (€13.2bn) acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich is “not just a milestone but a quantum leap” for Merck KGaA, the firm says.

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Why Apple and Google hold the key to avoiding Pharmageddon

In the future pharma will be reliant on technology, says physician-scientist Daniel Kraft, who warns that companies...

India cuts stability data reqs for API firms seeking docs to ship to EU

India cuts stability data reqs for API firms seeking docs to ship to EU

India has relaxed stability data requirements for API manufacturers seeking “written confirmation of quality” certificates needed to...

Life on Mars? Ground control to remotely deliver drugs in space

Life on Mars? Ground control to remotely deliver drugs in space

Animal astronauts on the International Space Station will test an implant which allows doctors back on earth...

Why there's no sign of Pfizer among top pharma employers
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A head-hunter explains why Regeneron, Novo Nordisk and Genentech top a global survey of science employers, but...

EDQM sets new policy for testing of bacterial endotoxins

EDQM sets new policy for testing of bacterial endotoxins

The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Health Care, under the European Pharmacopeia, has set...

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