GlaxoSmithKline is planning to use a series of packaging and
on-tablet technologies to prevent parallel trade in its HIV drugs
Combivir (zidovudine and lamivudine) and Epivir (lamivudine),
writes Phil Taylor.
BioProgress has appointed Richard Trevillion as chief
executive, bolstering its executive management just over a month
after the dosage film specialist issued a trading statement that
sparked a 40 per cent slump in its UK-listed shares,...
Johnson & Johnson is planning to acquire TransForm
Pharmaceuticals, a privately held company that specialises in the
discovery of improved formulations and novel crystalline forms of
drug molecules, in a cash-for-stock deal valued...
BioProgress of the UK says that the commercial version of its
TABWRAP tablet-coating machine should be launched at this year's
Conference on Pharmaceutical Ingredients (CPhI) meeting in
November, reports Phil Taylor.
UK processing and packaging machinery specialist Isopak has added
to its product range with a spiral jet mill - intended for
pharmaceutical laboratories and R&D departments - that can
micronise very small batches of powder.
Cerestar Food & Pharma Specialties Europe has launched an
excipient that it claims allows tablets to be produced using lower
compression force, which should result in reduced wear and tear on
tabletting machinery and operational...
A new safety training scheme, designed to deliver accredited
'safety passports' for service engineers and other outside
contractors working in pharmaceutical, healthcare, toiletries and
cosmetics factories has been introduced...
Researchers at AstraZeneca in Sweden have been granted a US patent
on a new film coating for tablets that can be carried out in
water-based conditions, doing away with the need for use of organic
A non-animal alternative to gelatin capsules made its European
entry as Capsugel used the CpHi show to launch the latest addition
to its range of two-piece capsules. The product claims to offer
customers better control with no slow...
German chemicals group BASF has launched two new pharmaceutical
film-coating products, cementing its position in a market estimated
to be worth about €200 million and growing at 5 to 6 per cent a
Niro Pharma Systems recently launched a new laboratory fluid bed -
the STREA-1 - for the processing of fine powders, pellets,
granules, crystals, tablets and organic solvents. The system,
developed by Aeromatic-Fielder, is designed...
In-Pharmatechnologist.com's periodic round-up of manufacturing
developments from around the world sees Fujisawa expanding in
Ireland, Solvay partnering in Russia, Vietnam's machinery firms
undercutting competitors and...
BioProgress, a developer of film strips and cellulose-based
capsules for drug and vitamin delivery, is increasing its
international presence, signing its first agreement for a line of
products for the Chinese market.
GEA, a subsidiary of mg technologies, today announced that it has
acquired the business of Messo-Chemietechnik, which specialises in
crystallisation technologies for the biotechnology, pharmachem and
The US Food and Drug Administration will start using a risk-based
approach for prioritising site inspections for certain
pharmaceutical products, the agency has announced in a final report
on its current good manufacturing practice...
In a dispute with Stanelco Fibre Optics, Bioprogress Technology has
been awarded outright ownership of a master patent giving it
exclusive rights to the process of making capsules from
non-gelatine materials by means of radio frequency...
Niro Pharma Systems is launching a new tablet coating system that
promises to achieve a step forward in the evenness of tablet
coating and make the production of small batches for R&D more
In-Pharmatechnologist's periodic round-up of personnel moves in the
pharmaceutical sector includes a change in leadership at the
Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and a new
managing director at tabletting and...
Calling the next six months 'a critical period', the US Food and
Drug Administration's Acting Commissioner Lester Crawford has
unveiled a lengthy list of agency priorities, including continued
work on Good Manufacturing...
UK encapsulation specialist BioProgress has signed a license option
deal for a liquid fill technology with the consumer healthcare
division of US drug major Wyeth. If taken to fruition, the
agreement would mark the company's...
France's Stedim and Integrated Biosystems have been awarded two new
patents on their Celsius line of containers, currently being
launched in Europe and US, that are used in the production of
US water-soluble films company MonoSol has bought the UK division
of Aquafilm, giving it access to substantial manufacturing
capabilities in Europe and its range of edible films, report
Phil Taylor and Dominique Patton.
The US Food and Drug Administration is planning to hold a meeting
in June to re-examine its regulations on electronic records and
signatures, used to generate the audit trail in the food and drug
industries, to examine whether some...
Distek has developed a new product in its range of devices for
testing how well pharmaceutical tablets dissolve that does not need
a water bath. The benefit? A reduction in maintenance, faster
throughput and less system vibration...
Danish biotechnology company LifeCycle Pharma has won a contract
with Italy's Recordati to develop an improved formulation of
Zanidip (lercanidipine), used for the treatment of hypertension,
reports Phil Taylor.
Isopak, a company specialising in small-scale pharmaceutical
production equipment, will introduce a new machine next month that
overcomes one of the major obstacles to making capsules that can
deliver liquid medications.