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Home-brew morphine: Is opiate production about to get way too easy?

21-May-2015 - Access to yeast strains modified to produce opiates for cheaper, more effective pain meds must be strictly controlled according to researchers who warn that stopping criminals using such API manufacturing routes to make illegal narcotics is vital.

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Janssen and Rutgers expand R&D as continuous manufacturing picks up steam

20-May-2015 - Despite pharma being “highly regulated and slow to change,” continuous manufacturing will soon be realised, says Rutgers University which has received an R&D grant from J&J.

Endo buys Par, Lupin enters Brazil... it's been a busy week in generics

19-May-2015 - Endo’s $8bn takeover of Par Pharmaceutical is expected to shake-up the generics sector, while Lupin is expanding its South American network – welcome to In-Pharmatechnologist’s M&A round-up.

Hospira approval puts Pfizer on track to close $17bn deal by year's end

18-May-2015 - Pfizer is set to close its $17bn (€15bn) acquisition by the end of the year after receiving the thumbs up from Hospira shareholders.

Lack of talent will hamper continuous manufacturing adoption, says MIT Prof

13-May-2015 - A lack of scientific talent will hold pharma back from adopting continuous manufacturing despite the imminent opening of regulatory pathways, says an MIT Professor.

Sandoz opens $47m packaging centre to support Polish manufacturing site

11-May-2015 - Novartis subsidiary Sandoz has opened a new packaging facility to support the five billion tablets made at a site in Poland.

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Hospira to lay off 100 following closure of Clayton, NC plant

07-May-2015 - Hospira’s closure of its manufacturing facility in Clayton, North Carolina, which it says is a cost rather than a quality issue , will result in the laying off of 100 employees, according to a WARN notice posted Wednesday.

Three-way collaboration to offer packaging serialisation ahead of EU Directive

06-May-2015 - Schott, Heuft and GEA have teamed up to offer drugmakers a serialisation service for primary packaging to help with EU anti-counterfeiting requirements.

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