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CVS to Acquire Drug Distributor Omnicare for $10.4 B

May 21, 2015 | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CVS Health will spend more than $10 billion to buy pharmacy services provider Omnicare and tap a growing target for prescription drug distribution: care for the elderly. The deal announced Thursday will give one of the nation's biggest pharmacy benefits ...

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Single-use technology designed for cell cultures up to 2,000 L

May 21, 2015 4:39 pm | Sartorius Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB), a leading international supplier for the biopharmaceutical industry, has introduced Sartoclear Dynamics, a clarification system featuring new single-use technology for harvesting mammalian cell cultures with high cell densities.

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FastPack streamlines optimum product packaging

May 21, 2015 4:32 pm | Bilcare Global Clinical Supplies | Product Releases | Comments

Bilcare Research Inc. has introduced FastPack, an expedient process for determining the optimum blister film barrier properties for the packaging of pharmaceutical products. Building on the company’s expertise in drug stabilization, through FDA recommended QbD principles – a scientific process ...

Achillion Shares Sink after Partnering with Johnson & Johnson

May 21, 2015 11:56 am | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Investors started shedding Achillion shares early Wednesday, less than a day after the drugmaker announced a partnership with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson that snuffed out the prospect of a near-term acquisition. Achillion and Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies ...

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DEA raids clinics, pharmacies in 'pill mill' crackdown

May 21, 2015 11:46 am | by CLAUDIA LAUER & ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities raided medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations across the South on Wednesday as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration attempt to thwart illegal prescription drug sales. The raids in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were the latest ...

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4 shops sold marijuana to minors in sting operations

May 21, 2015 11:43 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four of the 22 legal pot shops tested in an initial round of sting operations this month failed by selling to minors — even though the shops were warned about the operations days ahead of time, Washington regulators said Wednesday. Two shops in Tacoma and two in Everett ...

Endo’s Purchase of Par Pharma Shakes up the Industry

May 21, 2015 11:03 am | News | Comments

US Pharma M&A activity has yet to show any signs of a slowdown after the $8.1bn exit of Par Pharma by TPG to Endo was announced on Monday. The US Pharma industry has seen 39 deals valued at US$ 77.3bn to-date, three more deals announced ...

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Domino Printing Shows Off New Fiber Laser at INTERPHEX

May 21, 2015 10:56 am | News | Comments

Domino Printing provided live demonstrations of their latest laser technology innovations, plus their partnerships with Omega Design and 3C! Packaging to help healthcare companies address strict packaging requirements at the International Pharmaceutical Expo (INTERPHEX)....

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FDA Cautions About Dose Confusion and Medication Errors

May 21, 2015 10:23 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning health care professionals about the risk for dosing errors with the antibacterial drug Zerbaxa (ceftolozane and tazobactam) due to confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labeling.

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Robotic autosampler maximizes laboratory productivity

May 21, 2015 10:13 am | Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments today announces the release of its AOC-6000 robotic autosampler, which features new time-saving tools to maximize laboratory productivity. In addition to the standard injection techniques: liquid, headspace, and solid-phase microextraction (SPME), the AOC-6000 features a syringe tool exchanger.

USP demands public standards for dietary supplements

May 21, 2015 10:06 am | by United States Pharmacopeial Convention | News | Comments

In recent weeks, the case of supplements containing an amphetamine-like substance called BMPEA has prompted FDA recalls; industry trade group condemnation; appeals from Congress for increased enforcement, consumer education campaigns and greater participation by ...

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Flat gaskets cover demanding applications in the processing industry

May 21, 2015 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Increasing requirements, including rising surface pressures and high operating temperatures, have made flat gaskets indispensable in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. However, fluctuating loads and changes in internal pressure pose major challenges to their performance. Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Freudenberg-NOK) offers flat gaskets made of three different materials....

Novartis Investigational Drug Significantly Improved Lung Function

May 20, 2015 12:02 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Today, Novartis announced for the first time detailed results from its phase III EXPEDITION trial program for QVA149 (indacaterol/glycopyrronium) in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In the US ...

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Trials Show Efficacy of Antipsychotic in Treating Bipolar Disorder

May 20, 2015 11:11 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) today announced results from the first placebo-controlled study in adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) who presented with a limited number of associated manic symptoms (mixed features).

EMA: Compare Drug Combinations With Individual Components

May 20, 2015 10:51 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Sponsors seeking EU authorization to market fixed-dose drug combinations should conduct multiarm, randomized, controlled trials comparing the FDC with its individual components, the European Medicines Agency says.

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J&J Pharmaceuticals Announces 10 filings for Blockbuster Drugs by 2019

May 20, 2015 10:43 am | News | Comments

At a meeting today with analysts, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals announced plans for regulatory approval of more than 10 new drugs between 2015 and 2019, each with the potential to generate at least $1B in sales, in addition to ...

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