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Geron Could Get $935M in Blood Disorder Drug Deal

November 13, 2014 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Geron Corp. could get more than $900 million from a deal to develop its blood disorder drug imetelstat with a unit of Johnson & Johnson. Geron said Janssen Biotech agreed to pay it $35 million upfront.        

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Cleanroom Alternatives

November 13, 2014 2:39 pm | by Deepak Mistry and Steven Lynum, Panasonic Healthcare Corporation of North America | Articles | Comments

Clean rooms are the standard for cGMP-compliant manufacturing, but the significant time and high costs of manufacturing and maintenance, as well as the lack of mobility, makes them difficult to justify.        

CDC: Lazy Contact Lens Use Main Cause of Eye Infections

November 13, 2014 2:28 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The reports estimates that there are nearly 1 million patient visits to doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals for treatment of an infection of the cornea called keratitis. Most cases are mild irritations or redness, but a very small number are severe and can lead to blindness.

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VA Fires Pittsburgh Hospital Network's Director

November 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System a month after officials determined she committed unspecified "conduct unbecoming a senior executive" and wasteful spending.     

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FDA Approves Janssen’s Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment

November 13, 2014 1:53 pm | News | Comments

Janssen Pharmaceuticals has announced that the FDA approved the supplemental New Drug Applications (sNDAs) for the once-monthly atypical long-acting antipsychotic INVEGA SUSTENNA (paliperidone palmitate) to treat schizoaffective disorder as either monotherapy or adjunctive therapy.

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Ackman Takes Stake in Animal-Health Company Zoetis

November 13, 2014 12:09 pm | Videos | Comments

Activist investor William Ackman has taken a roughly $2 billion stake in Zoetis and could push the animal-health company to sell itself to a larger drug maker.               

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3D Skin Printer Could Revolutionize Burn Care

November 13, 2014 11:58 am | Videos | Comments

A team in Toronto has developed a method for making functional human skin on demand.                            

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Desiccant Canisters

November 13, 2014 11:37 am | by Mark Florez, Product Manager, Clariant Healthcare Packaging; Randy Caspersen, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Omega Design Incorporated | Articles | Comments

As global demand for bottle-packaged pharmaceuticals grows, incremental upgrades in desiccant canister design yield substantial performance improvements.                 

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Pharmaceutical Processing’s Nov/Dec 2014 Digital Issue

November 13, 2014 11:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Pharmaceutical Processing’s Nov/Dec 2014 issue features an in-depth look at SAFC’s recently expanded high-potency API manufacturing facilities in Madison, WI. In addition, our Annual CMO/CSO Survey is included in this issue detailing the trends driving the CMO/CSO market. Other articles take a look at elastomeric closure in parenteral manufacturing, cleanroom energy efficiency, package integrity, deduster design efficiency, and desiccant canister design and feeding options.

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Liberia President Ends Ebola State of Emergency

November 13, 2014 11:00 am | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press; JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia's president said Thursday she is lifting a state of emergency imposed to control an Ebola outbreak that has ravaged the country but added that the move does not mean the outbreak is over.         

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Wireless Steam Trap Monitor

November 13, 2014 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The STAPS Wireless is designed to deliver accurate wireless monitoring and reporting of steam trap performance around the plant. STAPS Wireless will allow steam users to quickly and easily install a solution that will deliver continuous, accurate monitoring, without the need to install cabling.

Ultra-High Shear Mixer

November 13, 2014 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HSM-703XC is a new and improved model of the 10HP X-Series Ultra-High Shear Mixer. This advanced inline rotor/stator mixer generates very fine dispersions and emulsions with exceptionally narrow particle size distribution.

India Doctor Arrested, Denies Role in Women Deaths, Blames Medication

November 13, 2014 10:07 am | by MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn't do anything wrong — even though he said he used to perform up to 10 times more surgeries a day than allowed.    

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Sucampo Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Dr. Reddy's

November 13, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Dr. Reddy's Laboratories related to an Abbreviated New Drug Application filed with the FDA to market, sell and use a generic version of the 8 mcg and 24 mcg AMITIZA soft gelatin capsule products.

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Medical Aid Group to Host Three Ebola Clinical Trials

November 13, 2014 8:37 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Accelerated clinical trials will be launched in West Africa to speed the search for a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus, Doctors Without Borders announced Thursday. The international humanitarian group said it will host clinical trials starting next month in three Ebola treatment centers using experimental drugs that haven't been through the usual lengthy process of study with animals and healthy people.

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