Scientists in the UK are tipped to be given approval this week to
create cloned human embryos to harvest stem cells to treat diabetes
patients and with the possibility of treating other diseases such
as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
The body that oversees the standards relating to product barcoding,
EAN, is to work with Indian pharmaceutical companies to help them
comply with the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)
requirements on barcoding human drugs...
A coalition of biopharmaceutical companies and regulatory agencies
has agreed on an electronic data standard that should make it
easier to file product approval dossiers to regulators
electronically, bringing drugs to market more...
The US Food and Drug Administration has suggested removing
essential-use status for metered dose inhalers (MDIs) used to
deliver the asthma drug albuterol (salbutamol) which use
The annual US Biotechnology Industry Association event started this
weekend in San Francisco with the usual showcase of new
biopharmaceuticals and other technologies. But aside from supplying
the drugs of the future, the biotechnology...
In the build up to the American Society of Clinical Oncology's
(ASCO) annual conference, drug companies from around the world have
been showcasing potential drug treatments, with a number of new
molecular targets for cancer,...
Onyx Scientific has been cleared by the UK authorities for the
manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and says that
this approval is one of the first of its kind for a firm supplying
early development quantities of APIs.
The use of animal testing in pharmaceutical research and
development is to be revised after the UK government announced it
was to establish a national centre to reduce use and raise
standards of animal welfare, writes Wai Lang Chu.
The European Union and Japan have moved another step closer to
recognising each other's Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
requirements in a move that should make it easier to register and
import medicines across their borders.
RFID has arrived. Long hailed as the next IT revolution for
industry, communicating labels are being forced into place by
retailers and legislators alike, leaving manufacturers racing to
implement a newborn technology steeped in unknowns,...
The number of animals tests needed for new chemicals could be
reduced significantly by the use of assays tests developed by
researchers at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. And
this should be welcome news for companies...
The US Food and Drug Administration has started a new comment
period on its bioterrorism regulations - designed to safeguard the
national food supply - which will have a significant impact on
companies importing pharmaceutical excipients...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to create a
database of the major pharmaceutical brands on the US market, to
make it easier to establish the authenticity of suspect products
and identify counterfeit versions...
The impact on the French chemicals industry of implementing the
European Union's REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation
of Chemicals) proposals could be as high €800 million in testing
alone and lead to the loss of...
The European Commission has reported on its progress in building up
Europe's competitiveness in the biotechnology and concludes that
while positive steps have been taken, there is still much to be
done, particularly with regard...
Swedish company Cypak has started two trials of its Intelligent
Pharmaceutical Packaging (IPP) technology, which offers an
alternative to radiofrequency identification (RFID) for tracking
the use of medicines.
Designers of child-proof packaging must always work against the
paradox that a package which is hard for a child to open can often
also be difficult for the adult patient it is intended to treat. In
fact, up to 90 per cent of adults...
Northwest Coatings has been granted a US patent on a new form of
radiation-cured laminated label for plastic pharmaceutical or food
containers that prevents the leaching of components into the
3M has launched an updated version of its Integrated Packaging Tool
software that brings it into compliance with the US Food and Drug
Administration's 21 CFR Part 11 regulations on electronic
record-keeping, used to generate...
UK-based packaging company Rexam has provided further evidence of
its commitment to the pharmaceutical sector with the purchase of
Plastic Omnium Medical, a company specialising in plastic
components for medical devices.
A number of countries set to join the European Union in May,
including Hungary, have signed a petition against new EU
legislation that they claim would significantly raise the cost of
providing healthcare, reports Phil Taylor.
The UK's recently adopted standard for child resistance in
non-recloseable pharmaceutical packaging such as blister packs
contains a serious flaw that must be addressed, according to
Stephen Wilkins, secretary of the UK's...
Weighing and metal detection specialist Sartorius has developed a
new detector that solves a tricky problem - how to detect stainless
steel shards in products like blister packs that contain aluminium
foil, such as blister packs and...
Two and a half years ago, Northern Ireland's Sepha sparked a minor
revolution in the blister packaging sector by unveiling the first
clean, non-destructive alternative to the methylene blue dye test
(MDT) for leak testing. Now,...
The pharmaceutical packaging market plays David to the Goliath of
the food and beverage sector, but is one of several sectors that
has the packaging industry interested, reports Phil Taylor,
who spoke with Rolf Borjesson the chief...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a new rule
requiring content and warning labelling for over-the-counter (OTC)
drugs that contain levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium, or
potassium that might be harmful to people...
The first ever TOTAL Processing and Packaging Show opens its doors
this week, bringing together tens of thousands of processing and
packaging professionals across the pharmaceutical and food sectors
and providing a rare opportunity...
The European Union's Competitiveness Council has adopted the
legislation comprising the new framework for pharmaceuticals, but
its failure to agree on a pan-EU patent system has undermined the
progress made in the reform package,...
Pharmaceutical packaging demand in the US is forecast to rise 4.7
per cent per year to $6.8 billion in 2008, driven by new Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) regulations that will require unit dose
containers for a range of drugs,...
Companies involved in the parallel trade of pharmaceuticals have
been boosted by a court ruling which gives them the right to re-box
products shipped into the UK from another country in the European
BOC has developed a consultancy service to help companies deal with
hazardous and controlled chemicals in the context of the new
European Union REACH legislation, some of which comes into force in
The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a new rule that
makes it a requirement for most prescription and some
over-the-counter pharmaceutical products to carry bar codes. The
move is aimed at reducing the number of medication...
In Russia, the Health Ministry suspended the licences of 321
companies manufacturing or trading in counterfeit medicines last
year, and a further 200 may also lose their licences following
ongoing investigations, according to the...
The expansion of the European Union to include 25 member states
after May 2004 presents significant opportunities for the
pharmaceutical industry to tap new markets, but companies should
think twice before launching new products there.
As reported last week, Mark McClellan looks set to leave his post
as Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to run
the agency that oversees Medicare and its new prescription drug
programme for the elderly and disabled.
MeadWestvaco Intelligent Systems has launched a radio frequency
identification (RFID) inventory system that enables manufacturers
to more accurately monitor drug delivery from production to
Management consultancy firm Accenture has formed a group of
industry leaders that will work together to evaluate the potential
of new radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to improve
pharmaceutical product manufacturing,...