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AstraZeneca API plant set to shut by 2017 as Patent Cliff strikes again

Crestor Manufacturing, photo c/o AstraZeneca

18-Dec-2014 - An AstraZeneca API plant in Bristol, UK will close its doors within two years due to patent expirations of its cholesterol-lowering blockbuster Crestor.

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Immunotherapy in the UK? National manufacturing site backed by GE

17-Dec-2014 - GE Healthcare has pledged its support and technology to a national £55m ($86m) Cell Therapy manufacturing centre in Stevenage, UK, set to launch in 2017.

Asian API exporters looking to process management IT systems, says Werum

16-Dec-2014 - Asian API makers are turning to ‘out-of-the-box’ Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to help manage documentation and control quality, according to IT solutions Werum.

After AZ R&D exit, CMOs anxious to keep pharma in the country

11-Dec-2014 - Pharma companies have called on the Swedish government to prevent manufacturing going the way of R&D and leaving the country, after AstraZeneca closed its research in Lund in 2012.

Want to work for Pfizer? Get ready for ‘American Idol’ audition

10-Dec-2014 - Pfizer has revealed a unique way of hiring employees in Sweden it compares to “American Idol” auditions.

From CPHI India

Eager-to-please Indian manufacturers creating GMP chaos says expert

08-Dec-2014 - Cultural differences and broken promises are behind Indian GMP failures and acute generics shortages in the UK, according to one pharmaceutical distributor.

If only syphilis was really this cute! Win a dose in time for Christmas

05-Dec-2014 - How many drugs are prescribed in the North Pole? Have a guess and win a cuddly giant microbe in our Christmas Competition.

Flu vaccine underwent 35 QA/QC tests in Italy death probe, says Novartis

05-Dec-2014 - Novartis has spoken about the extensive safety testing at its production sites after regulators found no connection between its seasonal flu vaccine Fluad and 19 deaths in Italy.

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