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Diluent mix-up not vaccine most probable cause of Syrian deaths says WHO

18-Sep-2014 - Use of the muscle relaxant atracuriam to resuspend freeze-dried measles vaccines instead of the proper diluent almost certainly caused the death of more than a dozen Syrian infants according to the WHO.

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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.

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.

Singapore researchers develop microneedle patch to better deliver pain meds

15-Sep-2014 - Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a microneedle patch that can deliver lidocaine in what they say is a “faster, more effective and painless” way.

Natoli opens R&D site to study tablet formulation problems

10-Sep-2014 - The Natoli Engineering Company has opened an pharmaceutical research institute to look for answers to enduring formulation problems in solid oral dosage.

Molecular Profiles buys tech for liquid capsule manufacture

10-Sep-2014 - Molecular Profiles has expanded its capsule-filling services from solids to liquids with investment in equipment at its UK site.

Seaweed: the secret ingredient to HIV drug delivery?

09-Sep-2014 - Food scientists may have hit on a novel delivery method for HIV antiretrovirals: a vaginal suppository made with seaweed.

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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.

Find other oral forms for tablet-hating patients, drugmakers told

02-Sep-2014 - Pharma firms must provide imaginative solid dosage alternatives to tablets and capsules, says research claiming more than half of patients have problems swallowing traditional pills.

Claris gets MHRA OK for injectables plant

21-Aug-2014 - Indian manufacturer Claris Lifesciences has had its injectable drug manufacturing facility in Ahmedabad approved by the UK MHRA.

Sanofi in $150m deal to commercialise Mannkind's inhaled insulin

11-Aug-2014 - Mannkind has partnered Sanofi for the marketing and commercialisation of its inhaled insulin drug Afrezza, recently approved by the US FDA.

THC may reduce tumor size? mouse study investigates

07-Aug-2014 - A previously unknown signaling platform may be responsible for the success of the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis in reducing tumour size, which also may lead to the development of a synthetic THC equivalent, scientists say.

Anti-addiction formulation rules on the way says drug abuse non-profit

06-Aug-2014 - The Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD) is working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on legislation for abuse-deterrent technology in opioids, its directors tell in-PharmaTechnologist.com.

Oncologist: Delivery is key for improving pancreatic cancer treatment

06-Aug-2014 - Pancreatic cancer is notoriously difficult to treat.  One problem is drug delivery, because pancreatic cells can cluster in a nest of scar-like tissue. 

Actavis welcomes AZ in boosting its LAMA/LABA

06-Aug-2014 - Actavis says it is excited to partner with AstraZeneca over its long-acting muscarinic antagonist/beta-agonist (LAMA/LABA) fixed dose combination respiratory drug following the latter’s acquisition of Almirall.

Harvard develops new nanoparticle as drug delivery device

31-Jul-2014 - A group of researchers at Harvard Medical School has developed a strongly cationic nanoparticle that physically absorbs proteins to form a new type of drug-carrier complex in aqueous solution. 

Biocon: Political turmoil hits sales, but quality systems ensure future

29-Jul-2014 - Robust quality systems differentiate Biocon from other Indian manufacturers, the firm says, despite political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa impacting first quarter 2015 sales.

GSK's declining Advair sales to be propped by respiratory portfolio

24-Jul-2014 - GlaxoSmithKline has issued upbeat guidance despite a 12% fall in sales of its blockbuster asthma and COPD drug Advair, as new products enter the respiratory drug market.

Lilly swaps dry powders for insulin at Indiana site in post-patent shake-up

23-Jul-2014 - Patent expiration and a large molecule pipeline has prompted Eli Lilly to repurpose a solid oral dose plant in Indiana.

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