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Lactose giant DMV-Fonterra to buy Indian cellulose excipient maker Brahmar

31-Aug-2011 - DMV-Fonterra excipients (DFE) will buy Indian manufacturer Brahmar Cellulose Private Limited (BCPL) to strengthen its position in the pharmaceutical excipient market and reduce costs.

Wacker expands sales presence in ‘high priority’ Indian market

31-Aug-2011 - German chemical maker Wacker Chemie is ramping up its sales operations in India, with the country’s rapidly expanding pharmaceutical sector being one of its key targets.

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Fareva to buy Pfizer plant to build US pharma presence

31-Aug-2011 - US drug giant Pfizer is to sell its plant in Henrico County, Virginia to Luxembourg-headquartered manufacturer Fareva.

Vaccine cell line demand helps Vivalis cut loss in H1

31-Aug-2011 - Vivalis cut its operating loss after demand for its vaccine production cell line drove triple-digit revenue growth.

Unilife sales drop in Q4

31-Aug-2011 - Unilife sales tumbled in the fourth quarter due to closure of its contract manufacturing operations and a drop in milestone payments.

Costs 'a burden' for API and excipient makers, says BASF after raising prices again

30-Aug-2011 - Chemicals giant BASF has increased the price of drug APIs and excipients by 10 per cent for the second time in a year.


US Pharma survives hurricane Irene unscathed

30-Aug-2011 - Drug manufacturers on the US’ east coast seem to have survived Hurricane Irene unscathed, with only a few incidents of damage reported so far.

QbD support toned down by FDA in transdermal guidance

30-Aug-2011 - The FDA has toned down its support of QbD in final guidance on cutting residual drug in transdermal delivery systems following industry criticism.

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Grant to help Stellar ramp up aquaculture vaccine ingredient

30-Aug-2011 - Stellar Biotechnologies is to scale up its aquaculture limpet farms for commercial supply of a vaccine component after receiving a US grant.

Cost-cutting tablet splitting prompts FDA guidance

30-Aug-2011 - The rise of tablet splitting has prompted the FDA to advise manufacturers on what data is needed to support applications for scored doses.


Granules to expand API and intermediate capacity

29-Aug-2011 - Chemicals maker Granules India says it will expand manufacturing capacity for oral solid dose (OSD) APIs and drug intermediates in a bid to better meet the needs of clients.

TPI claim new local plant will reduce cost of ARVs in the region

29-Aug-2011 - Tanzanian Pharmaceutical Industries (TPI) is set to open the doors to a new anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) manufacturing plant.

Batavia gains bioprocessing assets in Xendo collaboration

29-Aug-2011 - Batavia Bioservices has gained access to simulated moving bed (SMB) technology by collaborating with Xendo.

Drug delivery research round up

29-Aug-2011 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents a roundup of the latest drug delivery research, including bone marrow targeting nanoparticles and an imaging-treatment combo.

Appointments from AAPS, SurModics, Diamedica, and Sirona Biochem – People on the move

25-Aug-2011 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round-up of the movers and shakers within the pharmaceutical industry, including appointments from AAPS, SurModics, Diamedica, and Sirona Biochem.

Ashland completes ISP takeover and predicts customer benefits

25-Aug-2011 - US chemicals maker Ashland says completion of ISP takeover means simplified supply chains for drug and cosmetics industry customers.

Surmodics slashes staff numbers by nine per cent

25-Aug-2011 - Drug delivery and pharmaceutical coating specialists SurModics are set to cut nine per cent of staff in a reshuffle of the business.

New plant moves Irvine into Asia, gives it 2nd media source

25-Aug-2011 - Irvine Scientific has begun shipping from the cell culture media plant it built to expand into Asia and give clients the security of a second source.

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Emerson adds liquid analyser with high res screen

25-Aug-2011 - Emerson Process Management has released a dual-input liquid analyser with a high resolution colour screen.

PBS Biotech buys Integrity to add manufacturing capacity

24-Aug-2011 - US bioreactor maker PBS Biotech has bought medical device focused CMO Integrity CMI to expand its manufacturing capacity

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Counterfeiters target countries with weak laws says Antigua Pharma Society

24-Aug-2011 - Drug counterfeiters are using the Caribbean as a transport hub to ship fake pharmaceutical around the world according to the Antigua Pharmaceutical Society.

Unilife creates world's first multi-chamber syringe with in-built safety device

24-Aug-2011 - Unilife has developed the world’s first multi-chamber prefilled syringes that have an in-built safety mechanism.

Foreign investment needed to boost UAE drug production

24-Aug-2011 - The UAE needs overseas investment to kick-start its pharmaceutical manufacturing sector and end reliance on foreign imports, the DCCI says.

Needle-free drug delivery is the wave of the future, says Kalorama

23-Aug-2011 - The worldwide market for needle-free drug delivery will double in value over the next five years, according to new market research by Kalorama.

Takeda gets 24bn yen Govt grant for cell culture vacc plant

23-Aug-2011 - Japanese drugmaker Takeda has been awarded JPY24bn ($313m) to develop and a cell culture influenza vaccine and establish a commercial-scale production facility.

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