The UK Government has announced plans to allow patients in England to receive prescription medicines directly from pharmacies without the need for a GP appointment.
McKesson Corporation has completed its acquisition of RxCrossroads to support customer needs beyond channel distribution as the industry faces increasing challenges.
Pharmaceutical companies are more likely than their suppliers to cite cost improvement over time as the most effective metric for measuring supplier performance, according to a recent report.
Citing safety concerns, drug industry stakeholders and public health organizations are urging lawmakers to uphold FDA oversight and enforcement of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA).
Pharma and CMOs must start addressing their serialization needs ahead of 2019’s EU Falsified Medicines Directive, says Tracelink which is bringing its supply chain event NEXUS to Barcelona next month.
Late last week, a fire at Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited’s Ahmednagar factory, which manufactures APIs, sent four employees to the hospital.
Empower Pharmacy has opened a new 15,000-square-foot facility as it looks to establish long-term viability in the compounding pharmacy industry.
Horizon Pharma has hit back at allegations it was secretly working with a “captive pharmacy” to preferentially dispense its own drugs, claiming its accuser is trying to reduce competition with its own distribution service.
An Irish compounding pharmacy has recalled several batches of chemotherapy medicines because of a sterility alert.
AmerisourceBergen has announced plans to buy drug compounding firm PharMEDium Healthcare Holdings from private equity group, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
The US FDA has issued a product safety alert and recommended a compounding pharmacy cease manufacturing operations after observing unsanitary conditions at a Californian facility.
QuVa Pharma has bought an outsourcing facility from Healix in the first step in an effort to establish a national compounding pharmacy chain.
Med Prep Consulting execs committed fraud and violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) according to the US DoJ, which has accused the New Jersey compounder of knowingly selling drugs produced in unsanitary conditions.
Fresenius Kabi has sold its cancer drug pharmacy network CFL GmbH to NewCo Pharma GmbH five years after spending €42m to buy compounding capacity in Germany.
The US FDA has set up a committee to provide advice on scientific, technical and medical issues concerning drug compounding.
The US FDA has warned the public not to use any sterile medicines made by Downing-owned NuVision Pharmacy, Texas, which failed to comply with a recall order.
US authorities have arrested Glenn Chin, a supervising pharmacist they say was involved in compounding the contaminated injections behind an outbreak of fungal meningitis that struck 751 patients and killed 64 in 2012.
Drug quality and standards organisation USP has joined a campaign to raise awareness about the risks posed by illegal online pharmacies.
The UK All-Party Pharmacy Group (APPG) has warned Britain is suffering from a shortage of branded and generic drugs.
The advocacy campaign to raise awareness about falsified and fake drugs has added 11 new partners to its cause, including US-based GPhA (Generic Pharmaceutical Association).
"These are not skills the pharmaceutical industry fosters internally": CEO of pharmaceutical executive head-hunters RSA tells us what it takes to be a big pharma big cheese.
The US FDA has started work on a national track and trace system for pharmaceuticals after President Barack Obama signed the Drug Quality and Safety Act into law last night.
Merck Serono has announced plans to build an $80m plant for the production of diabetes and cardiovascular drugs in China.
The FDA says compounding pharmacies need to be regulated under new legislation following a string of product recalls due to contamination threats.
Four of the biggest pharma manufacturing associations are calling for more patient awareness of the burgeoning issue of fake drugs sold on the internet.
BioFocus and IMD team up for natural drug discovery
BioFocus and InterMed Discovery (IMD) have launched a joint venture in enhanced natural product discovery.
US-wide track-and-trace called for to pre-empt state laws
Pharma, distributors and dispensers have all called for a single, US-wide track-and-trace standard that pre-empts state laws.
PTI Inspection Systems and Nikka Densok USA have teamed up to take high-voltage leak detection (HVLD) from the factory floor to the pharmaceutical lab.
Pharma and cosmetic sector demand drives Gerresheimer in Q1
Gerresheimer reported revenue growth in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, citing demand from the pharmaceutical and cosmetics sectors as the key drivers.
Radical overhaul of ill-equipped pharma supply chains needed
A radical overhaul of pharmaceutical supply chains is needed to prepare them for the type of products currently in development, says PwC.
Schott joins Naigai to break into Japanese pharma packaging market
German technology group Schott and Japan’s Naigai Glass Industry Company have teamed up to enter the country’s pharmaceutical packaging market.
Appointments at Jennerex, a new KV subsidiary and Takeda – People on the move
in-PharmaTechnologist presents its latest round up of movements in the pharma sector, including appointments at Jennerex, a new KV subsidiary and Takeda.
Sigpack says rotational toploader a revolution for vial handling
Sigpack Systems, a subsidiary of Bosch Packaging Technology, claims its new toploader unit will both improve the efficiency and cut the cost of handling delicate pharmaceutical packaging.
Gerresheimer opens new primary packaging plant in China
German glass making giant Gerresheimer has opened a new packaging plant in Danyang, China, further indicating its plans to grow in the world’s fifth largest pharmaceutical market.
PTI’s non-destructive micro leak tester can cut costs for companies using dye ingress, according to general manager Heinz Wolf, who demonstrated the technology to in-PharmaTechnologist at Interphex.
SGD launched its new lyophilisation vials at Pharmapack 2009, which Vincent Langlade, Marketing Director Pharmaceuticals, explained were well suited to capture the growing market.
Schott shrugs off downturn with sales, earnings hike
Germany’s Schott Glass posted a 4 per cent increase in revenues during fiscal 2008, bringing in €2.23bn across its divisions.
MeadWestvaco and Bilcare jointly buy packaging firm
Contract packaging company International Labs has been taken over in a joint acquisition between India’s Bilcare and MeadWestvaco of the US.
Schott forms joint venture to crack Indian vial market
German-based technology group Schott has formed a joint venture
with Kaisha in an attempt to gain access to the glass primary
pharmaceutical packaging market in India.
Pharmaceutical manufacturing: people on the move
in-PharmaTechnologist.com presents its periodic round-up of
personnel changes in pharmaceutical manufacturing and development.
Bosch makes liquid filling a disposable option
The use of disposable manufacturing equipment in pharmaceutical
production and greater need for containment equipment were
recurring themes at the Interphex show in Philadelphia last week,
and both were addressed by new equipment...
Drug theft costs industry up to $1bn a year
Pharmaceutical companies not only have to face the consequences of
a burgeoning counterfeit drug black market but have to contend with
the theft of their own manufactured drugs for illicit uses,
according to a US consumer advocacy...
Bionovo, Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Trius Therapeutics, Exelixis, AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Kindred Healthcare - People on the move
Bionovo, Somaxon Pharmaceuticals, Trius Therapeutics, Exelixis,
AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Kindred Healthcare have all had
people on the move in the world of pharmaceutical manufacturing.
Stevanato broadens glass expertise with Optrel acquisition
Italian glassware specialist Stevanato Group has consolidated the
engineering side of its business through the acquisition of fellow
Italian company Optrel.
Schott's pharma packaging business keeps growing
Schott has reported a 15 per cent growth rate for its pharma
packaging business, three times higher than the growth of the
overall pharma industry.
Sales force outsourcing should be strategic
To gain maximum value from sales force outsourcing, pharma firms
should move from a short-term to a long-term way of thinking, says
a new report.
Better relationship between wholesalers and manufacturers could cut costs
The traditional adversarial relationship of wholesalers with
manufacturers must change to true partnership if both are to
achieve better profits and secure the integrity of the drug supply
chain, delegates of the annual general meeting...
Europe's wholesalers show 'zero tolerance' on fake drugs
The European Association of Pharmaceutical Full-line Wholesalers
(GIRP) has outlined measures it is taking to keep counterfeit
medicines out of the legitimate supply chain while urging
pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacists...
Gerresheimer to double plastics turnover with Superfos acquisition
Superfos Pharma, one of Europe's leading suppliers of plastic
packaging for the pharma market, has been acquired by Gerresheimer
in a move that should double the group's turnover in plastics to
SmartPak to reduce medication errors
Samson Medical Technologies has signed a co-marketing agreement
with Baxa for its novel packaging system designed to improve
patient safety by reducing the risk of medication errors in
prescription drug compounding.