Following numerous manufacturing failures, Discovery Laboratories
believes it has resolved the stability issues that have plagued
Surfaxin, its experimental respiratory treatment for infants, and
is now seeking a meeting with the...
Drug developing services provider Aptuit has acquired the
pharmaceutical services division of technology firm EaglePicher,
enriching its active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and drug
substance manufacturing offerings.
Bilcare, India's largest research-based pharmaceuticals packaging
company, has bought UK-based clinical trials services (CTS)
provider DHP in a bid to build itself up to be one of the few
players in this sector with global servicing...
Patheon's move to Puerto Rico is shaping up to be the worst
decision the contract manufacturer has ever made, resulting in
massive losses in the third quarter of 2006 and leading management
to entertain the possibility of a sell-out.
Bentley Pharmaceuticals has announced it will use the North
Carolina facilities of US-based services provider Cardinal Health
for the scale-up and manufacture of the clinical supplies of its
new intranasal insulin product.
India's Essel Propack, the largest speciality packaging company in
the world, is acquiring Packaging India Private Limited (PIPL) from
the CavinKare Group, keen to capture more of the country's booming
Offshoring contract manufacturing is not the only option for large
pharma firms looking to drive productivity and efficiency gains in
drug manufacturing, warns a new report from independent market
The world's most prescribed product for chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD) could soon be formulated with a new
propellant-free device following an observational study on a soft
mist inhaler (SMI) that Boehringer Ingelheim...
Dalton Pharma Services has introduced a range of new medicinal
chemistry services that are available to companies involved in drug
discovery that wish to utilise additional scientific and managerial
expertise as well as specialised...
After selling a manufacturing plant in Texas to Cardinal Health two
years ago, Adams Respiratory Therapeutics has reacquired the
facility in order to produce its expectorant Mucinex (guaifenesin
extended-release), responding to a...
Biopharmaceutical firm Altus has asked contract manufacturer Althea
to produce Phase III quantities of a crystallised formulation of
human growth hormone (hGH) which can be administered subcutaneously
weekly instead of daily.
Despite its consolidation, the competitive consumable sector still
offers potential for rapid growth and better profits in the
biopharmaceutical industry, while contract bioprocessing services
will be increasingly in demand, according...
For the first time Merck has opened the doors of its
under-construction manufacturing plant in North Carolina to public
officials, boasting it will eventually contribute about two-thirds
of its annual live-virus vaccine production.
A cartridge shortage that forced Amylin and Eli Lilly to ask 40,000
physicians in the US to stop prescribing their injectable diabetes
drug Byetta to new patients has come to an end thanks to a boost in
production by contract manufacturer...
India's potential to further boost its already dominant role in
global generics production, as well as an offshore location of
choice for contract manufacturing, presents an opportunity worth an
estimated $48bn (€38bn) in 2007,...
More problems at Patheon's Puerto Rican production facilities in
the third quarter of 2006 are expected to reduce the contract
manufacturer's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and
amortisation (EBITDA) by more...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has censured three
American national pharmacies for using the traditional practice of
compounding as a ruse in order to operate as drug manufacturers,
producing thousands of unapproved copies...
West Pharmaceutical Services has reported a huge surge in both
sales and profits for its second quarter, spurred on by the
increasing demand for injectable drugs as well as the lucrative
Exubera manufacturing contract, which helped...
Cambrex's Q2 results show that the life sciences firm is slowly
making a comeback after being crushed by a $140.3m (€116.7m) loss
in Q4, however, it has failed to completely stem the bleed from its
Biopharma unit, blamed for...
Pfizer has issued another recall for packs of its blockbuster
cholesterol drug Lipitor after UK regulators found evidence of more
counterfeit product in the legitimate supply chain from a batch
whose withdrawal was supposed to have...
In an incident Roxane Laboratories warns could have
life-threatening consequences, a manufacturing lot of azathioprine
tablets has been recalled in the US and Puerto Rico following the
discovery of methotrexate tablets in one of its...
SR Pharma has recruited Genzyme, BioSpring and OctoPlus to
formulate and manufacture its lead RNAi therapeutic product Atu027
to good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards, as its liposomal
drug delivry system moves forward.
GS1, the global not-profit organisation, that designs and
implements barcode standards, has announced a global adoption date
of 1 January 2010 for a new bar code with Reduced Space Symbology
(RSS), which can store more data in half...
A Dutch trial of battery-powered radiofrequency identification
(RFID) tags in standard medication blister packages, sponsored by
Novartis, has demonstrated the benefits the technology can have for
patient compliance but also the prohibitive...
After launching its flagship oral insulin spray in Ecuador last
December, Generex is finally gearing up to take on big pharma in
the global non-injectable insulin arena and has picked Cardinal
Health to help meet manufacturing demands.
As the shortage of cartridges of its injectable diabetes drug
Byetta reaches critical levels, Amylin Pharmaceuticals is seeking
to expand manufacturing capacity and is exploring a nasal spray
formulation of the medicine with drug...
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged the pharma
industry to develop preservative-free nasal sprays, however, there
is currently a vacuum of manufacturers that can fulfil such a
Using quick disconnect couplings in fluid handling and
manufacturing operations is the safest way to protect brand
integrity by capturing fluid and product data from point of origin
through point of use, according to a top Colbert...
Pro Mach, one of the largest providers of packaging products,
services and integrated solution sets in North America, has
acquired Allpax Products, a manufacturer of sterilisation, material
handling and automated control systems for...
Cardinal Health is about to embark on a first-of-its-kind
radiofrequency identification (RFID) tag pilot that tests the
viability of the new technology across the entire supply chain,
from item throughout to case and pallet level.
The market for smart pharma packaging will grow to $1.7bn (€1.3bn)
in 2013 from the current $21m, driven by the need for new clinical
trial compliance-and brand protection measures, according to a new
Cardinal Health has taken the contract manufacturing crown after
being honoured with a prestigious award from Frost & Sullivan
in recognition of its ability to provide biopharma firms with a
high quality service, while still remaining...
Italian packaging and processing machinery company IMA Group has
booked more than 1,100 square metres of space at this year's
Achema, determined to push its products ranging from solid dose
processing to labelling and tube filling.