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Generics: change in pill shape makes patients 66% more likely to quit

23-Jul-2014 - Switching patients to generic pills of a different shape and colour increases the chances they will end their course of medicine early, according to research.

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Jay-Z and Scarface: pharma staff’s anonymous Wikipedia interests

22-Jul-2014 - Big pharma employees are among the brightest minds in the world, and data released yesterday on their Wikipedia use shows their interests spread beyond drug development into lighter fare.

PhRMA supports Customs drug destruction, responds to critics of law

21-Jul-2014 - PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) has warned that illegal medicines rejected at the US border will continue to be resubmitted for importation unless a proposed law allows their destruction.

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Role changes for AbbVie and Shire CEOs after merger

21-Jul-2014 - It has been a hectic few days for the chief executives of AbbVie and Shire since their companies agreed a £32bn ($53bn) merger on Friday.

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.

Dispute over FDA bid to destroy personally imported drugs

17-Jul-2014 - Pharma groups and patients have objected to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to destroy prescription medicines personally imported into the US by patients.

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Exporters rush to meet Chinese FDA serialisation requirements

Exporters rush to meet Chinese FDA serialisation requirements

Pharmaceutical companies are rushing to respond to shortened deadlines from China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) for...

GSK confident despite endotoxin problems at Canadian vaccine plant

GSK confident despite ongoing endotoxin problems at Canadian flu vaccine plant

GSK is confident it can meet Flulaval production targets ahead of this winter’s flu season despite ongoing...

Marketing agency targets poor interns for GSK paid trials

Marketing agency targets poor interns for GSK paid trials

Representatives for GSK have targeted struggling graduates and unpaid interns as volunteers for clinical trials, saying the...

Roche: ‘If suppliers don’t open up their books, then we are done’

Roche: ‘If suppliers don’t open up their books, then we are done’

Drug raw materials suppliers have not recognised their potential value to biopharmaceutical customers according to Roche which...

Teva's 70+ manufacturing sites could be halved in efficiency drive

Teva's 70+ manufacturing sites could be halved in efficiency drive

Teva could halve its manufacturing network as part of its $2bn-a-year efficiency programme says CFO Eyal Desheh,...

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