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BASF hikes carboxylic acid prices in Europe

31-Aug-2009 - German chemicals manufacturer BASF has raised the price of two of its range of carboxylic acids, as part of a round of increases.

Durect and King sign long-term Remoxy excipient supply deal

31-Aug-2009 - Chemicals firm Durect will supply drugmaker King Pharmaceuticals with two excipients used in the manufacture of the candidate anti-abuse painkiller Remoxy in an agreement signed last week.

Roche buys Lonza’s Singapore biologics plant

31-Aug-2009 - Basel-headquartered Roche has paid fellow Swiss firm Lonza $290m (€203m) for its Singapore biologics plant in a bid to secure long-term manufacturing capacity for biotech cancer drugs.

Novartis’ former CEO joining Amylin’s board and an appointment at OctoPlus – People on the move

31-Aug-2009 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma sector, including Novartis’ former CEO joining Amylin’s board and an appointment at OctoPlus.

Silence collaborating on AtuRNAi drug delivery tech

27-Aug-2009 - Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma has entered into a collaboration to develop Silence Therapeutics’ AtuRNAi delivery technology which improves stability, cut manufacturing costs and increase stability.

Phone-based anti-counterfeiting proposed for developing world

27-Aug-2009 - Researchers have presented a low cost track and trace and authentication system, which they believe could be implemented immediately, to combat counterfeiting in the developing world.

Europe leads US in R&D productivity, says Health Affairs

26-Aug-2009 - Europe is pulling ahead of the US in research productivity, according to a controversial new study by Washington public policy think tank Health Affairs.

Pfizer inaugurates new $214m Swedish biotech plant

26-Aug-2009 - Pfizer’s new $214.8 million (€150m) biotechnology facility in Strangnas, Sweden was inaugurated yesterday, securing the country’s future in the company’s manufacturing network according to global manufacturing president Natale Ricciardi....

Mantecorp installs tech to cut energy use

26-Aug-2009 - Mantecorp is using the Control and Communication Link (CC-Link) open fieldbus network to improve the environmental credentials of its facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Protein therapeutics worth $77bn by 2011, says RNCOS

25-Aug-2009 - The global protein therapeutics market will be worth $77bn by 2011 with biogenerics playing an increasingly important role, according to a new survey by industry analysts RNCOS.

Cambrex’ Milan API plant gets FDA warning

25-Aug-2009 - US chemicals maker Cambrex will hope an FDA warning letter concerning its Italian manufacturing plant will not increase the pressure on its generic active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) business.

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GSK reports theft of 25,600 Advair inhalers

25-Aug-2009 - UK drug major GSK says that two lots of its respiratory drug Advair Diskus have been stolen from a distribution facility in Richmond, Virginia in the US.

Appointments at Sutro Biopharma Lundbeck and AmerisourceBergen – People on the move

25-Aug-2009 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma sector, including appointments at Sutro Biopharma Lundbeck and AmerisourceBergen.

Will Lonza's $460m Patheon offer trigger bidding war?

24-Aug-2009 - Canadian contractor Patheon has welcomed the $460m (€321m) takeover offer from Switzerland's Lonza that could, according to some observers, spark a bidding war with rival suitor, US group JLL Patheon...

Warner Chilcott may pay $3bn for P&G drug unit

24-Aug-2009 - Woman’s healthcare and dermatology group Warner Chilcott will unveil plans to buy P&G’s prescription drug division for $3bn (€2.1bn) according to a number of media reports.

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GEA shipping systems to Chinese business

24-Aug-2009 - GEA Lyophil has won a contract to supply €15m ($21.5m) worth of pharmaceutical freeze dryers with automatic load and unload systems (ALUS) to a Chinese manufacturer.

Microneedle patch could boost compliance

24-Aug-2009 - Researchers have presented new microneedle drug delivery patches, which, using technology developed in the electronics sector, could improve compliance and treat ocular diseases.

GEA wins €15m order from China’s Hisun Pharmaceutical

20-Aug-2009 - GEA Lyophil, part of GEA Pharma Systems, has won a contract to supply Chinjese drugmaker Zheijang Hisun Pharmaceutical with freeze drying systems and automatic loading units.

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MHRA orders recall of 100 batches of Karib Kemi Pharm drugs

20-Aug-2009 - The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has ordered the recall of 100 batches of drugs sold by generics firm Karib Kem Pharm.

Pfizer and Private Access team up for trial recruitment website

20-Aug-2009 - US drug giant Pfizer has joined the growing list of organisations seeking to boost trial recruitment via the web, teaming up with IT firm Private Access to create a website...

Tobacco used for cheap, quick production

20-Aug-2009 - Researchers claim tobacco plants provide an economical method of manufacturing norovirus vaccine, a product that would have low profit margins, and achieve commercial scale in two to four months.

Eastern Europe drug market worth $41bn by 2014; but rules complex

19-Aug-2009 - Eastern Europe’s pharmaceutical market is growing at an impressive rate, but the complex regulatory rules being introduced may make it a less attractive proposition that it first appears, according to...

Philippine FDA will cut registration time, says health sec

19-Aug-2009 - The world’s newest pharma industry regulatory body was set up in Phillipines yesterday with the foundation of a new agency modelled on the US FDA.

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Medis’ drug packaging plant open for business

19-Aug-2009 - Czech CMO Medis International has completed construction of its new pharma packaging plant in Bolatice, just nine months after work on the 2,700 sqm site began.

Perrigo acts to cut API costs

19-Aug-2009 - Perrigo’s API business posted a $5.4m (€3.8m) operating loss in Q4 because of restructuring charges but it believes vertically integrating production, and opening a site in India, will help in...

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