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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.

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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.

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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.

Meda sells NJ facility to DPT; outsources intra-urethral ED drug

04-Sep-2014 - Meda has sold a New Jersey facility dedicated to its intra-urethral erectile dysfunction drug Muse as part of a strategic review of its manufacturing network.

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.

Gangsters imported fake drugs from Asia says Europol

02-Sep-2014 - Millions of fake pharmaceuticals seized earlier today were imported from Asia by an organised crime group that planned to sell them online say European law enforcement agencies that co-ordinated the swoop. 

Compounding the problem: US warns two more pharmacies

01-Sep-2014 - The US FDA has criticised the Compounding Shop and Zion Rx Formulations Services for making unapproved and contaminated drugs.

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.

Argentina to allow Indian drug imports after inspecting five plants

25-Aug-2014 - Argentina decided to allow Indian drug imports after inspecting just five of the country's 793 manufacturing facilities according to documents released this week.

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.

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