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30-Jul-2009 - Good adherence pack sales and profits growth helped US packaging group MeadWestvaco to a positive set of Q2 financials, despite a 16 per cent drop in sales for the period.
30-Jul-2009 - Shareholders have filed an $8bn (€5.7bn) lawsuit against Genzyme alleging that the company’s CEO “issued a series of materially false and misleading statements” about its manufacturing problems.
30-Jul-2009 - Medingo’s insulin dispensing patch has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sending shares in its parent company soaring to a 12 month high.
29-Jul-2009 - In the latest twist in an increasing bitter takeover battle, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has rejected JLL’s bid to oust directors elected to the board of Canadian CMO...
29-Jul-2009 - Mylan and the FDA appear to be in disagreement about whether investigations into quality controls at a US facility are ongoing, with both releasing seemingly contradictory statements.
29-Jul-2009 - The financial impact of Caraco’s cGMP compliance issues have been revealed in its Q1 results, which saw a $14m (€9.9m) operating income in 2008 turn into a $14m loss this...
29-Jul-2009 - Paracetamol tainted with diethyl glycol is thought to have killed up 25 children in Bangladesh, according to health officials in the country.
28-Jul-2009 - This week, US drug giant Pfizer will sign an out of court settlement relating to the 1996 trial of its candidate meningitis vaccine treatment Trovan (trovafloxacin), according to Nigerian authorities.
28-Jul-2009 - Scientists at the University of Bristol in the UK and the Max Planck in Germany have developed the world’s first “liquid protein” that could have a big impact on the...
28-Jul-2009 - French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis may put its Alnwick Research Centre in Northumberland, UK up for sale, according various media reports.
28-Jul-2009 - Beauty packaging specialist Rexam is considering issuing new equity to service its burdensome debt pile, after market conditions failed to improve in the last quarter.
28-Jul-2009 - KV Pharmaceutical has hired a firm specialising in restructuring and bankruptcy and said “there are significant uncertainties regarding its ability to continue as a going concern during the upcoming fiscal...
28-Jul-2009 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharmaceutical sector, including appointments at Novavax, Halozyme and Abraxis.
27-Jul-2009 - US firm Compass Pharma Services is now offering ISO class 8 certified packaging services in a bid to capture a share of the expanding high-potency drug sector.
27-Jul-2009 - The EMEA is fast tracking the review of data on H1N1 pandemic vaccines to ensure it has checked submissions before the northern hemisphere flu season, which starts in September.
27-Jul-2009 - Sanofi-Aventis is continuing to expand in emerging markets by agreeing to acquire Indian vaccine manufacturer Shantha Biotechnics in a deal that values the company at €550m ($784m).
27-Jul-2009 - Industry analyst IMS Health will cut 850 jobs over the next 12 to 15 months, including 170 positions at its US operations.
23-Jul-2009 - Italian production machine specialist Marchesini has begun work on a €6.5m ($9.2m) extension of its facility in Pianoro, Bologna.
23-Jul-2009 - NextPharma Technologies’ development facility in Braine l’Alleud, Belgium has received positive early feedback following an inspection by the country’s drug watchdog, the AFMPS.
23-Jul-2009 - US group Cambridge Major Laboratories (CML) will begin transferring API production to its 125,000 sq ft manufacturing plant in Germantown, Wisconsin at the end of next month.
22-Jul-2009 - Procter & Gamble (P&G) is close to finding a buyer for its pharmaceutical division for around $3bn according to various media reports.
22-Jul-2009 - Ampac Fine Chemicals’ (AFC) anti pollution efforts have been recognised by Californian authorities for the third year running.
22-Jul-2009 - SAFC Supply Solutions has launched a new materials sourcing offering, designed to meet the medical diagnostics sector’s demand for raw materials that are compliant with international regulatory standards.
21-Jul-2009 - Wyeth’s shareholders gave Pfizer’s $68bn (€48bn) takeover a ringing endorsement late yesterday, with 98 per cent voting in favour of the deal.
21-Jul-2009 - Swiss drugmaker Nycomed will invest $84m (€60m) in a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Russia, boosting its presence in the country.
21-Jul-2009 - Austria’s Borealis has brought its Bormed LE6609-PH BFS grade plastic back to market in a move that, it claims, will allow converters to speed up their production cycles by reducing...
20-Jul-2009 - Australian group Amcor has confirmed that talks about a takeover of Alcan’s pharmaceutical packaging business are still ongoing but says that no binding agreement has yet been reached.
20-Jul-2009 - Rumours suggest that US drug giant Pfizer is considering a bid for Turkish generics group Abdi Ibrahim as part of its strategy of expanding in emerging markets.
20-Jul-2009 - Construction of Viva Biopharm USA’s $30m (€21m) drug manufacturing facility is under way in the latest stage of parent Viva Canada’s international expansion programme.
16-Jul-2009 - SAFC’s bioscience unit and Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) have teamed up to create a suite of fluid management solutions that they hope will prove irresistible to the booming biomanufacturing sector....
16-Jul-2009 - Draft guidance issued by the US FDA suggests that greater use of inks, pigments, flavours and other physical chemical identifiers (PCIDs) will help combat counterfeit drugs.
16-Jul-2009 - Mega mergers may not provide the pharmaceutical industry with the productivity gains it desires according to a new report by Decision Resources.
15-Jul-2009 - US drug giant Pfizer wants a massive increase in sales of cancer drugs by 2018 to sustain growth.
15-Jul-2009 - Leading pharmaceutical and personal care player Johnson & Johnson has been hit hard during its second quarter by the global economic recession.
15-Jul-2009 - Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceuticals says the vial of propofol found at Michael Jackson’s home does not belong to either of the batches covered by its recent recall.
15-Jul-2009 - US drugmaker Oscient Pharmaceuticals has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and will sell its bronchitis therapy Factive (gemifloxacin mesylate) to North Carolina-based Cornerstone Therapeutics for $5m (€3.5m).
15-Jul-2009 - Gerresheimer has cut its forecast for 2009 after a poor second quarter that saw gains made in drug packaging pegged back by falling demand from the cosmetics industry.
13-Jul-2009 - Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has recalled one batch of its sodium chromate Cr-51 diagnostic agent after FDA post-marketing tests revealed that some of the products were “subpotent.”
13-Jul-2009 - Swiss firm Roche has begun making cuts at recent $46.8bn biotech acquisition Genentech, in the first stage of a widely anticipated integration programme.
13-Jul-2009 - Indian generics firm Ranbaxy voluntarily withdrew one batch of its acne drug isotretinoin from US shelves late last week after FDA analysis revealed out of spec dissolution test results.
13-Jul-2009 - Drug major Sanofi Aventis has recalled three of its cough syrup mixtures in France after traces of phenol were found in the products.
09-Jul-2009 - US contract manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services has purchased French device firm Plastef Investissements’ drug delivery business, adding the eris safety syringe system to its offering.
09-Jul-2009 - Colorcon has launched a drug layering substrate, composed of uniform, free flowing pellets, which it claims has applications in multiparticulate drug delivery.
09-Jul-2009 - There will be no major changes in the short term after the “surprise” decision by the EC to drop the directive about some excipients having to comply with GMP, according...
09-Jul-2009 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest roundup of appointments in the pharmaceutical sector, including movements at UCB Pharma Canada and a resignation at GeoVax.
08-Jul-2009 - US biotechnology group OSI Pharmaceuticals will move HQ to a facility in Greenburgh, New York due, according to observers, to the high cost of land at its current base in...
08-Jul-2009 - Cozzoli believes its new powder filling line, which is capable of depositing varying doses of antibiotics into differing sizes of vials, can help companies reduce the risk of contamination.
08-Jul-2009 - NXP and Siemens have collaborated to create a RFID system capable of bulk reading hundreds of labels, which they believe could improve efficiencies across the pharma supply chain.
08-Jul-2009 - Singapore-based Industrial cleanroom and containment specialist Esco Micro has rolled out the latest generation of its Pharmacon Downflow booths for pharmaceutical sampling, grinding, dispensing and filling operations.
07-Jul-2009 - Ultrasonic particle engineering specialist Prosonix has been accredited under the ISO 9001:2008 quality scheme, after an inspection by the UK unit of independent auditing group SGS.
07-Jul-2009 - Novartis and Jubilant Organosys are among several companies forced to recall generic drugs after manufacturing operations at their shared CMO, India’s MJ Biopharm, were found to be in breach of...
07-Jul-2009 - Dubai-based investment group Evolvence Capital plans to invest in more India drugmakers, according to a report in the Emirates Business newspaper.
07-Jul-2009 - Pfizer will invest €11m ($15.3m) in a new kilo technology R&D laboratory at its API manufacturing facility in Ringaskiddy, Ireland.
07-Jul-2009 - BASF and Sinopec are to invest $1.4bn (€1bn) in expanding their Chinese specialty chemical joint venture, adding 10 plants and increasing capacity at three existing sites.
06-Jul-2009 - UK drug major GSK has paid Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BSM) $23.2m (€16.6m) for 13 generic products that it sells in North Africa and the Middle East.
06-Jul-2009 - Novasep has bolstered its upstream processing capabilities by acquiring Henogen, a Belgium-based CMO that has biotech development and cGMP manufacturing expertise.
06-Jul-2009 - Northern Irish pack testing specialist Sepha has moved forward with plans to enter the Japanese market, showcasing its BlisterScan platform at Interphex Japan in Tokyo last week.
06-Jul-2009 - The USP is revising monographs of four pharmaceutical excipients in light of hazards associated with diethylene glycol contamination and is seeking comments from interested parties.
02-Jul-2009 - Dow Chemical is closing three US manufacturing plants, including an ethylene production unit in Hahnville, Louisiana in a further bid to restructure its specialty chemicals business.
02-Jul-2009 - The Spanish Ministry of Health is leading a €60m ($84.9m) programme that will build the country’s first vaccine production facility and use Novavax’s recombinant virus-like-particle (VLP) technology.
02-Jul-2009 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of appointments in the pharmaceutical sector, including the new president of Sanofi-Aventis France.
02-Jul-2009 - Pfizer has pulled the plug on a Phase III trial of its drug Sutent (sunitinib) in colon cancer after it failed to demonstrate improved clinical efficacy over standard chemotherapy.
01-Jul-2009 - US group Thermo Fisher Scientific and industrial engineering giant Siemens have teamed up to offer the pharmaceutical industry a new way of assessing processes used during early drug development, manufacturing...
01-Jul-2009 - Sanofi-Aventis has moved to defend its long-acting diabetes treatment Lantus (insulin glargine) and says that recent research linking it to the development of cancer is of “poor quality.”
01-Jul-2009 - Particle Sciences (PSI) is aiming to advance its contract processing offering by collaborating with Microfluidics and sharing formulation and nanotechnology expertise.
01-Jul-2009 - Rottapharm is investing €7m ($9.8m) in its Irish manufacturing operations, which will create 35 jobs and add 2000 sq m housing three manufacturing and associated packaging lines.
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