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Hovione's Loures plant gets latest FDA pre-approval nod

30-Sep-2009 - Portuguese API maker Hovione says its contract manufacturing plant in Loures has passed a pre-approval inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Caraco enters into consent decree with FDA

30-Sep-2009 - Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories has entered into a consent decree with the FDA which details a series of measures that must be fulfilled to allow the company to resume manufacturing.

ATMI launches single-use powder transfer bag

30-Sep-2009 - ATMI has launched a powder transfer bag, for substances such as APIs and excipients, which it claims has three times the shelf life of alternatives, increases process efficiency and improves...

Waste reduction boosts demand for deblistering, says Sepha

29-Sep-2009 - Northern Irish Packaging specialist Sepha says increasing pressure to reduce waste is driving drug industry demand for its range of Press-Out deblistering technologies.

FDA proposes cGMP rule for combination products

29-Sep-2009 - The FDA is to establish current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements for combination products to eliminate inconsistencies that could affect product safety and public health.

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J&J buys 18% of Crucell

29-Sep-2009 - US health care major J&J has paid €302m for an 18 per cent stake in Dutch biotechnology Crucell and announced plans for a collaborative drug development programme.

Unlikely CEE CROs & CMOs can maintain sustainable growth; report

29-Sep-2009 - Fierce competition from India and China means it is unlikely that CROs and CMOs in CEE can generate sustainable growth, according to a report that believes the service model must...

Nycomed plans €75m Russian plant; may up €4.5bn bid for Solvay

28-Sep-2009 - Late last week Swiss drugmaker Solvay confirmed its plan to invest up to $75m (€51m) to build a new manufacturing plant in Yaroslavl, Russia.

West opens its first manufacturing site in China

28-Sep-2009 - West has opened its first manufacturing facility in China to meet rising demand but the process has taken since 2006 and been “very tedious”, its president of West Asia Pacific...

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Abbott beats Nycomed and UCB in battle for Solvay’s drug unit

28-Sep-2009 - Abbott Laboratories will buy Solvay’s pharmaceutical unit for €4.8bn ($7bn) according to reports released earlier today.

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Camlin Fine Chemicals mulls API unit sale

28-Sep-2009 - The pharmaceutical division of Indian API maker Camlin Fine chemicals may be put up for sale by its parent company, stationary giant Camlin, after failing to expand.

People on the move: pharma jobs

28-Sep-2009 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of appointments in the pharma sector, including a new president of Eli Lilly USA and a resignation over disagreements at Caraco.

Ampac bulks up API capacity with 3 LLC units

24-Sep-2009 - Ampac Fine Chemicals (AFC) has added three new commercial-scale Hastelloy liquid-liquid centrifuges to its API making business in a move that, it says, will increase batch size and lower manufacturing...

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EC OKs Novartis’ move for Ebewe SP's injectables biz

24-Sep-2009 - The European Commission has approved Novartis’ €925m ($1.2bn) acquisition of Ebewe Spezial-Pharma’s generic injectables business.

Philips collaborates to tackle cancer

24-Sep-2009 - Philips has entered into a joint research programme to evaluate ThermoDox with MR-HIFU, a combination therapy that could provide a precise, non-invasive way to treat difficult cancers.

Teva further streamlines ops with Czech plant closure

23-Sep-2009 - Israeli generics giant Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will close one of its manufacturing plants in the Czech Republic by the end of the year, resulting in the loss of around 400 jobs.

Bio-Path licenses siRNA targeted delivery tech

23-Sep-2009 - Bio-Path Holdings has signed an exclusive licence to develop a liposomal tumour targeting technology that delivers antisense and FAK siRNA and cuts toxicity.

Gerresheimer invests in plastics with two new plants

22-Sep-2009 - Gerresheimer is increasing its presence in the pharmaceutical plastics business, which it believes is increasingly important, by opening an R&D centre in the US and a production facility in Spain....

Synthetic PEG could cut interferon dosing requirements

22-Sep-2009 - Coupling interferon to a synthetic PEG molecule could increase the therapeutic’s dosing schedule from every other day to every one to two weeks, according to researchers who believe the technology...

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FDA enlarges and extends QbD pilot programme

22-Sep-2009 - The FDA has enlarged and extended its quality-by-design (QbD) pilot programme, moving back the submission deadline and increasing the number of applications.

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Praxair installs NCOOL at facility in China

21-Sep-2009 - Shanghai The First Biochemical & Pharmaceutical Company has installed Praxair China’s NCOOL cryogenic heat exchanger, becoming the first company to sign this sort of liquid nitrogen supply contract.

Apotex recalls some drugs; supply cuts staff

21-Sep-2009 - Apotex’s manufacturing difficulties have begun to impact on its operations, with the company recalling some products, New Zealand authorities issuing a temporary import ban and lay offs at a supplier....

People on the move: pharma jobs

21-Sep-2009 - in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma space, including appointments at Sanofi-Aventis, MorphoSys and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

MWV hopes Med-Easy packs will be a hit among EU patients

17-Sep-2009 - US packaging group MeadWestVaco (MWV) has launched its Med-Easy pharmaceutical packaging solution in Europe in an effort to appeal to patients who need to take their treatments on the move.

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