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EMA tells us it looks forward to continuing close relationship with DG SANCO

Juncked: Plan to move EMA from DG Health to DG Enterprise is abandoned

22-Oct-2014 - DG Health will keep responsibility for the EMA according to European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, who confirmed plans to hand the agency to DG Enterprise have been abandoned.

Global TB drug development efforts underfunded says WHO

22-Oct-2014 - Janssen-Cilag’s bedaquiline and Otsuka’s delamanid notwithstanding, the drug industry is not spending enough on the development of tuberculosis medicines according to the WHO.


Biotherapeutics need general chapters not individual Ph. Eur. monographs says EGA

21-Oct-2014 - Generic drugmakers want biotherapeutic products to have general recommendations in the European Pharmacopoeia rather than individual monographs.


The key to market exclusivity? Forget molecules, patent your tests

21-Oct-2014 - Makers of branded drugs are finding ways to extend their marketing authorisation by patenting not only molecules, but patient screening methods and ways of proving bioequivalence.

FDA to combine all of its quality ops under a new ‘super’ office

21-Oct-2014 - By early next year the US FDA is set to launch a new “super” office known as OPQ (Office of Pharmaceutical Quality), which will better align the review, inspection, and research of drugs.

Quality probs and rising wages will see new API hubs replace China and India says analyst

20-Oct-2014 - Analysts predicting a second wave of global API hubs say it will be hard for manufacturers in Latin America, Ukraine and Taiwan to avoid the pitfalls that stymied former high growth sectors in Asia.

Canada issues licenses for critical drugs hit by Apotex/IPCA import alert

20-Oct-2014 - Over forty “necessary products” made at Apotex and IPCA facilities hit with an import alert can be sold in Canada after regulators took steps to prevent shortages.

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Big Pharmas and API suppliers eyeing Brazilian Government deals says EMS

16-Oct-2014 - Government contracts guaranteeing market share in Brazil are starting to attract innovators like Roche, Novartis and Sanofi and may see API suppliers get long-term work according to a spokesman for Sao Bernardo do Campo-based drugmaker, EMS.

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Food supplements are Europe's real counterfeit drug problem says AIFA expert

15-Oct-2014 - Drug active ingredients in food supplements are Europe’s real falsified medicines problem according to the head of AIFA’s counterfeit prevention team.

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Global regulators demanding needless drug quality levels, says Indian Gov

15-Oct-2014 - Overzealous and unnecessary quality demands by some regulatory agencies are driving up the cost of medicines, according to the Indian Government.

Free trade and strong IP held back Ebola vaccine development says NGO

15-Oct-2014 - The lack of an Ebola vaccine decades after the virus was discovered is due in part to IP protections in trade deals like TTIP that discourage innovation according to NGO, Health Action International (HAI).

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IPEC calls for inclusion of excipient compound monographs in Ph. Eur.

14-Oct-2014 - 'Excipient compound' monographs should be included in the European Pharmacopoeia according to IPEC, which argues they would help manufacturers and promote acceptance of the standards outside Europe.

US FDA approves Gilead's $1,125 a pill combination Hep C drug

14-Oct-2014 - Gilead says its hepatitis C combination drug Harvoni will deliver significant healthcare savings in the long-term despite its $1,150 (€885) a pill price tag.

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Drug complexity will change how Big Pharma uses Ph. Eur. says Pfizer expert

13-Oct-2014 - Growing drug complexity will soon make the European pharmacopoeia’s general chapters more valuable to innovative drugmakers than individual monographs according to Pfizer quality and compendial affairs expert, Graham Cook. 

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Halal: accessing the untapped $30bn pharma market

13-Oct-2014 - The pharmaceutical industry must change its ingredients and manufacturing methods to cash in on the enormous purchasing power of European Muslims, says an expert.

Capsugel’s French and Belgian Sites Receive EXCiPACT Certification

13-Oct-2014 - The auditing company, SGS, recently certified that Capsugel’s manufacturing sites in Colmar, France and Bornem, Belgium meet Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards set by EXCiPACT for pharmaceutical excipients manufacturing.

Used processing equipment industry booming due to pharma M&A, say vendors

08-Oct-2014 - Consolidation in the pharma industry is driving the second-hand processing equipment market but despite attempts to regulate the industry, a glut of online vendors means illegal drugmakers can buy such systems.

Dispatches from EDQM conference

EDQM set to fight fakes and forge closer ties with EMA

07-Oct-2014 - Counterfeit drugs and collaboration will be key topics for the EDQM say delegates at the organisation's 50th anniversary conference on Monday.

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Safety concerns not blown out of proportion as APIs become more volatile, says Rembe

06-Oct-2014 - Including explosion protection in initial facility plans can save money in the long-term, according to Rembe, especially as drugmakers continue to work with more volatile ingredients.

Workers' fears come to fruition as Hospira receives US FDA Warning at Aus plant

06-Oct-2014 - Hospira has received a US FDA Warning Letter at an Australian injectables facility months after workers asked the firm not turn the site into “the new Rocky Mount.”

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