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Complex regs and unknown markets top API shippers' logistics headaches

07-Oct-2014 - The world is getting larger, at least it is in terms of the pharmaceutical industry, according to execs who cite security concerns when shipping to new markets as the top logistics worry.

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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.


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.

FDA says no to anti-addiction rule on Ritalin, painkillers

29-Sep-2014 - The US Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition to force drugmakers to reformulate CNS-acting drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and painkillers to prevent illegal use, but experts say the rule is only a matter of time.

India accuses American Enterprise Institute researchers of "smear campaign"

29-Sep-2014 - The Indian Government has accused the authors of a paper analysing the quality of drugs sold in Africa of leading an attack on the Indian drug industry, but researcher Roger Bate says they are “shooting the messenger.”

Vorsprung durch TechnoPharm: Pharma tech firms head to Nuremberg

29-Sep-2014 - is live from Nuremberg to bring you the best from TechnoPharm and POWTECH 2014, Europe's largest processing and powder shows.


Boehringer cutting German workforce by 600 but production jobs safe for now

24-Sep-2014 - Hundreds of workers brought in to help fix manufacturing issues at a Boehringer Ingelheim facility will not be affected despite the firm looking to shave 600 jobs in a €450m ($580m) cost-cutting initiative.

Pharmacies banned from compounding for docs without prescription

23-Sep-2014 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says compounding pharmacies must not manufacture medicines for hospitals and doctors’ offices, except for named patients.

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.

Pfizer and Irish port authorities working to stop API plant gathering dust

22-Sep-2014 - Pfizer is working with Irish authorities to avoid a repeat of a 2013 incident when dust produced from Cork harbour entered its nearby API facility.

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.

Dispatches from ChemOutsourcing

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.


Nobel prizes and the world’s top drug: a gallery of Scottish pharma

17-Sep-2014 - On the eve of the historical vote on Scottish independence from the UK tomorrow, we take a look at the pharma inventions Scotland gave the world.

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.

Arrested: compounding pharmacist linked to 2012 meningitis deaths

09-Sep-2014 - US authorities have arrested Glenn Chin, a supervising pharmacist they say was involved in compounding the contaminated injections behind an outbreak of fungal meningitis that struck 751 patients and killed 64 in 2012.

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.

News in brief

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.

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