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Manufacturing issues cause recalls for Amgen, Baxter and Caraco

18-Aug-2014 - All three of the manufacturers announced recalls late last week either for potential contamination or cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) deviations.

SCM's woes part of UK-wide aseptic slowdown, says ex-owner

14-Aug-2014 - GMP failures at an aseptic plant owned by SCM Pharma are part of a wider industry trend affecting several sterile sites in the UK, according to the ex-owner of the CDMO.

Sanofi begins distribution of semi-synthetic antimalarials in Africa

14-Aug-2014 - Over the next few months Sanofi and non-profit PATH are delivering the first large-scale batches of an artemisinin-based combination therapy to five African countries, which will for the first time be manufactured with semi-synthetic artesunate.

Merck Millipore invests €12m in French facility

13-Aug-2014 - Merck Millipore, the life science division of Merck KGaA, will invest €12m ($16m) at its Molsheim, France facility to expand its ready-to-use media manufacturing capabilities and capacity.

CMO issues persist as Cubist announces third recall for potential glass in antibiotic

11-Aug-2014 - For the third time since last August, Cubist Pharmaceuticals has recalled lots of its antibiotic Cubicin injection due to the potential of glass particulates in a manufacturing line produced by an unnamed CMO (contract manufacturing organization).

EMA concept paper focuses on quality control with animal tests

05-Aug-2014 - The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a concept paper  on transferring quality control methods validated in collaborative trials that is intended to encourage the uptake of better tests in terms of the replacement, reduction and refinement of the use of animals in tests.

Fresenius: US supply from troubled Indian plant to restart in Q3

05-Aug-2014 - Fresenius Kabi has recommenced production at a troubled Indian facility and expects to start shipping APIs to the US in the next few weeks.

China's GMP drive will reduce API competition, says ScinoPharm

04-Aug-2014 - China has tightened its GMP requirements and compliant API suppliers will benefit from a reduction in competition, according to ScinoPharm.

Hospira's Rocky Mount 'returns to health' as reinspection cites no observations

31-Jul-2014 - Hospira has reached “a major milestone” in its remediation efforts at its troubled Rocky Mount plant following a US FDA inspection which resulted in zero observations.

Impax preparing response to FDA Form 483 with 10 observations

30-Jul-2014 - Impax Laboratories said it is working to address issues raised in an FDA Form 483 for its Taiwanese manufacturing facility, which was cited with 10 observations following an inspection in late July.

Chinese firm imported misbranded API into US, says FDA warning letter

30-Jul-2014 - Zhejiang Jiuzhou Pharmaceutical has received an FDA warning letter after shipping a misbranded active pharmaceutical ingredient to the US.

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.

Ben Venue assets will bolster sterile injectables network, says Hikma

28-Jul-2014 - Hikma has bought defunct manufacturer Ben Venue and says it could reactivate the site in the long-term, despite the transfer of equipment across its sterile injectables network.

European Pharmacopoeia plans revisions of elemental impurities guideline

23-Jul-2014 - As the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) signs off on a new tripartite guideline related to elemental impurities, the European Pharmacopoeia Commission will revise its texts to ensure consistency. 

US FDA looks to increase cooperation with Latin American counterparts

21-Jul-2014 - The US FDA is looking to up its cooperative agreements with PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) as part of an effort that could bring as much as $10m over five years to the Latin American version of the WHO (World Health Organization).

Seizure treatment “special” recalled in UK after packaging problems

17-Jul-2014 - Three batches of the seizure drug midazolam made by UK CMO Penn Pharma are being recalled over concerns that packaging problems may affect its concentration.

India's CDSCO to pay people who report fake drugs

17-Jul-2014 - The CDSCO has accused international “vested interests” of labelling counterfeit drugs as “made in India” to damage the reputation of the country’s pharmaceutical industry and launched a scheme to reward people who report fakes.

Italian API manufacturer hit with FDA warning letter over data control

16-Jul-2014 - Cited with data quality issues, Italian API manufacturer Trifarma has until July 24 to respond to a litany of requests from the US FDA.

FDA proposed rule could delay import of excipients, PhRMA says

15-Jul-2014 - Although industry group PhRMA has called for the full implementation of a proposed rule that would allow the US FDA to destroy detained drugs deemed to be counterfeit or unapproved, the group also warns that such destruction could lead to manufacturing delays.

Waters to open laboratory with Chinese Pharmacopoeia

10-Jul-2014 - Pharma technology provider Waters as agreed with the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission (ChP) to establish a joint open laboratory to develop new pharmacopoeia standards.

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