The US Food and Drug Administration issued its final report on ways
to combat pharmaceutical counterfeiting and identifies
radiofrequency identification (RFID) as a primary means of tackling
Despite widespread recognition of the dangers of misprescribing,
one in 12 visits to the doctor in the US results in the patient
receiving dangerous medications, according to new data from the
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention...
US packaging giant MeadWestvaco has reported a 38 per cent increase
in fourth-quarter profits, helped by cost-cutting, cash from the
sale of forest land and strong sales of consumer packaging
A rheumatoid arthritis drug developed by Franco-German company
Aventis has been linked to the deaths of five patients in Japan,
prompting the company to warn against prescribing the drug to
people with respiratory problems.
A new metal detector capable of picking up ferrous and stainless
steel contamination within aluminium foil wrapped products has been
developed. Manufactured by German technology firm Sartorius, the
product, called the Observer, promises...
The US Biotechnology Industry Organisation has come out in support
of European legislation that it says will require extensive tests
to be conducted on so-called 'biosimilar' versions of biological
The US government's attempt to reform the federal Medicare system
to provide a prescription benefit for the elderly and disabled has
been slammed by the Democrats, who believe it will prevent US
states from negotiating price...
European clinical researchers have launched a campaign calling on
the European Parliament and Commission to repeal a new Directive on
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) on the grounds that it will hinder the
conduct of non-commercial trials.
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has thrown out
allegations by the European Commission that Bayer, the German
pharmaceutical firm, had established a cartel agreement with its
wholesalers to restrict the trade flow of its...
Health care major Abbott Laboratories says has received a US Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) letter giving its diagnostic
manufacturing operations, in Lake County, Illinois a near clean
bill of health.
For the past 10 years, drug companies have paid the US Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) fees to review each drug they want
approved, on the grounds that the increased funding for the agency
would accelerate review times and shorten...
A UK-based animal rights group has passed video footage of alleged
animal cruelty at a facility in Germany run by US contract research
company Covance to the Ministry of Environment in
In response to growing concerns about counterfeit drugs in the US
drug supply, an industry group has submitted a report to the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) as a commentary on policy issues
surrounding prescription drug counterfeiting,...
New regulations in the European Union, coming into action early
next year, make it imperative that drugs for use in humans,
including those destined for clinical trials, must be manufactured
in a EU-certified Good Manufacturing Practice...
Mark McClellan, the US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner,
has given the strongest hint to date that generic versions of
biological drugs may be approved without the need for extensive
The European Court of Justice has ruled that Internet sales of
prescription drugs should not be permitted in European Union member
states but that over-the-counter drugs may be sold on-line and
The US state of North Carolina has launched a new initiative aimed
at encouraging investment in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology
industries, with sizeable grants available to companies prepared to
invest $100 million or more in...
Companies filing for approval of their drugs in the US market must
now supply all information on the product's labelling and package
insert in an electronic format, according to the Food and Drug
Bar code scanning systems, which scan medications and patient
identification bracelets at hospital bedsides to verify patients
are receiving the correct medications, were voted the top choice
for preventing medication errors in a...
The pharmaceutical industry has welcomed the passage of new
legislation by the UK Parliament that will give police new powers
to intervene in public order offences, including those carried out
by animal extremist groups.
Three individuals have been formally charged in the US for their
alleged involvement in the counterfeiting of Pfizer's Lipitor
(atorvastatin) as investigators try to unravel the intricate web of
conspirators behind the case.
New legislation in the US to give the elderly and disabled rights
to reimbursement for prescription drugs under the federal Medicare
system has been passed by the Senate. It has been estimated that
the measure could expand the revenues...
The European Parliament's Environment Committee takes a vote
tomorrow on the review of the EU medicinal product directive, set
to define the boundary between dietary supplements and
pharmaceuticals. Europe's pharmaceutical...
The European Commission is running a consultation on new technology
transfer licensing legislation which, if accepted, could make deals
difficult to implement and seriously hinder the competitiveness of
the European biotechnology...
The globalisation of the marketplace for pharmaceuticals means that
it is becoming more common for medicines destined for consumption
in the European Union to be manufactured in distant lands. As a
consequence, the EMEA has started...