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Baxter given the go-ahead for banned infusion pump

28-Feb-2007 - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Baxter Healthcare the go ahead for a modified version of the company's Colleague volumetric infusion pump that was the subject of...

New service to protect packaged pharmaceutical products

28-Feb-2007 - Multisorb Technologies has introduced a new advanced simulation service to help pharmaceutical companies determine the precise amount of sorbent needed in their packaging to protect products from moisture and degradation.

European Commission to revamp drug safety monitoring system

28-Feb-2007 - The European Commission has announced it plans to revamp the current EU drug safety monitoring system in order to make it more efficient.

Aptuit embarks on $100m spending spree

28-Feb-2007 - Drug development services provider Aptuit has announced it is about to invest $100m to expand its operations, just a few weeks after completing two major acquisitions.

Cell preservation technology could reduce animal experiments

28-Feb-2007 - A technology designed to preserve living cells for longer could significantly reduce the number of animals used in medical research, according to its creators Abcellute.

Contract biomanufacturing market continues to climb

28-Feb-2007 - The biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing sector is set to expand substantially in the next few years as biotech companies increasingly rely on outsourcing to improve efficiency and reduce costs, new research...

UK firms join forces for spray device testing

28-Feb-2007 - UK firms Melbourn Scientific and Copley Scientific have agreed to collaborate on developing novel methods of testing the force of nasal sprays and metered-dose inhalers (MDIs).

Space-saving ceiling-mounted robot

28-Feb-2007 - Adept Technology has introduced a ceiling-mounted version of its s800 series Cobra robot. The inverted robot offers high-speed packaging and assembly with a wider reach, while leaving a much clearer...

Alpha strengthens plastics portfolio

27-Feb-2007 - Alpha Packaging has bought fellow US company Quality Container, a specialist in plastic bottles for pharmaceutical and dietary supplement products, for an undisclosed sum.

Exubera helps boost West's 2006 results

27-Feb-2007 - West Pharmaceutical Services posted healthy financial results for 2006, with sales of the inhalable insulin device for Pfizer's Exubera significantly contributing to the results reported by the firm's Tech Group...

Nicholas Piramal announces funding for planned US assault

27-Feb-2007 - Nicholas Piramal has announced it will spend $50m (€38m) on its formulations services business over the next three years, part of which will be used to fund its planned assault...

Sweden next to be hit by AstraZeneca job cuts

27-Feb-2007 - 850 jobs are set to be cut across AstraZeneca's Swedish sites, on top of the previously announced 450 already due to be lost in the country over the course of 2007.

New 'caged DNA' system to deliver drugs

27-Feb-2007 - Researchers have come up with a new 'caged DNA' material, combining DNA macromolecules with polymers containing iron, which represents a novel drug delivery system for gene therapy.

World's first digital insulin pen with memory

27-Feb-2007 - Eli Lilly has come up with a new insulin pen with a digital display that allows patients to record and review the time, date and dose of the last 16...

European healthcare firms recognised at Frost & Sullivan awards

26-Feb-2007 - Companies making outstanding contributions to the healthcare industry were honoured last week at a glittering awards evening celebrating Frost & Sullivan's Excellence in Healthcare awards, 2006.

Sartorius takes on Stedim

26-Feb-2007 - German firm Sartorius has merged its biotech unit with biopharmaceutical supplier Stedim Biosystems, forming a company anticipated to generate sales of €400-420m during 2007.

Outsourcing packaging can increase speed to market four-fold

26-Feb-2007 - Using contractors to fulfil packaging needs can significantly reduce the time new products take to hit the market, claimed Gareth Lewis of Cardinal Health, speaking at SMi's Pharmaceutical Packaging and...

Terapia Ranbaxy linked to EU norms

26-Feb-2007 - Ranbaxy has been granted an EU manufacturing and import license for its Romania-based Terapia Ranbaxy subsidiary, and says it will make the company a strategic regional hub for its operations...

Ajinomoto ups L-Arginine price

26-Feb-2007 - Amino acid manufacturer Ajinomoto Aminoscience announced that increasing raw material and energy costs have driven the company to increase prices of its L-Arginine products by $1/ kg.

Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis and Wyeth - People on the move

26-Feb-2007 - Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis and Wyeth have all had people on the move in the world of pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Product News In Brief 23.02.07

23-Feb-2007 - A round up of recent product releases from across the industry.

Invetech increase lab efficiency

23-Feb-2007 - A new process engineering service aims to improve workflow efficiency by using advanced models to identify and eliminate laboratory bottlenecks and plan for future changes.

Biochemical chip solves cell-mating puzzle

23-Feb-2007 - Scientists have used a biochemical chip to explain the important role a certain protein plays in the mating habits of yeast cells. The finding could lead to new cancer drugs...

Thousands of ways to tackle flu

23-Feb-2007 - A milestone in the fight against both human and bird flu could help scientists develop new vaccines and therapies against the virus, preparing the world in case of a pandemic.

Bill to stop generic pay-offs

22-Feb-2007 - The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved legislation that would prevent drug manufacturers from paying off firms to delay entry of generic versions of their products onto the market.

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