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Designing for Potent Compound Exposure Levels – Not as Easy as 1-2-3

March 25, 2015 | by Paul Valerio, Director, Technology - IPS | Comments

Defining categories for potency of pharmaceutical compounds has been invaluable to our industry.  It allows R&D to evaluate and define the potency of new compounds so they may be handled safely. 

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Streamline Your Supply Chain with On-Demand Color Labeling

April 14, 2015 2:51 pm | by Andrew Moore, Product Manager, Epson America | Comments

On the one hand, the drug manufacturing industry is expanding, with an increase in global imports and exports. On the other hand however, the drug manufacturing industry is becoming more specialized.

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Rewarding Your Readership with Constant Improvement

April 1, 2015 1:20 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial director | Comments

Thanks for sparing some time in your busy day to visit our site or check out one of our daily newsletters. In respect to that dynamic, I’ll be brief in sharing some of the new things we’re doing to improve the daily content mix.

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Don’t Forget the WIP!

March 26, 2015 3:47 pm | by Andrew Christofides, P.E., Lead Engineer, Process Architecture and Technology - IPS | Comments

The impact of work-in-process (WIP) on oral solid dosage (OSD) plant design

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Bioprocessing Facilities: New Technologies Are Driving a Deeper Understanding of the Entire Process

March 23, 2015 4:26 pm | by Tom Piombino, Process Architect - IPS-Integrated Project Services, Inc. | Comments

While most architecture in the world is devoted to creating environments for human occupancy, who is tasked with designing facilities that manufacture drug products to occupy humans?

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Material Airlocks: Welcome to the 21st Century

March 23, 2015 4:21 pm | by Jerrod Shook, Director, Aseptic Processing Technology IPS-Integrated Project Services, Inc. | Comments

In recent years, new technology has provided a number of significant improvements to aseptic processing facilities.

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Single Use Disposables: Risk Reduction AND Operational Flexibility – Too Good to be True?

March 23, 2015 8:59 am | by Robert Roy, IPS | Comments

The past several years have witnessed a significant increase in the rate of adoption for single use disposable systems for aseptic fill/finish applications.  Paralleling recent advances in flexible aseptic filling lines, single-use disposable systems (SUDS) for aseptic fill/finish facilities promise increased flexibility and streamlined operations.

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The Flexible Filling Line: The Crossover Vehicle for Aseptic Manufacturing

March 23, 2015 8:34 am | by Paul Valerio, IPS | Comments

People want it all, don’t they?  The type of cars many drive is one indicator.  Crossover vehicles have become a very popular vehicle segment.  They offer: practicality while still maintaining a cool factor; spaciousness with decent fuel efficiency; and car-like handling with the safety of all wheel drive for slippery conditions. 

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Does More Money Equal More Cures?

February 18, 2015 3:30 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor-In-Chief | Comments

In July of this year it will be six years since my father dies from pancreatic cancer. As I write this in late February it’s been four weeks since my father-in-law passed away from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

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2015 Critical Issues

January 12, 2015 3:57 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Comments

The pharmaceutical industry faces numerous issues on a day-to-day and yearly basis. Manufacturing, quality control, efficiences, budgets and regulations all must be met or exceeded. Here are ten industry critical issues, I feel the industry will be facing in the coming year.

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How the ‘Internet of Things’ is Poised to Transform the World of Pharma

December 23, 2014 1:37 pm | by Tom Egan, Vice President, Industry Services, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | Comments

The universe of objects connected for communication via Internet — the Internet of Things (IoT) or Industrial Internet — has the potential to change manufacturing through enhanced data collection.For pharmaceutical manufacturers, IoT benefits include facilitating data analysis and remote access to equipment, streamlining efficiencies and even preventing counterfeiting.

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New Solutions Boost Flexibility in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

December 10, 2014 4:03 pm | by Julie Ackerman Montross, Senior Director, PR and Communications, PMMI | Comments

Enhancing the flexibility of operations is swiftly becoming a major priority for pharmaceutical manufacturers. In Accenture’s 2013 marketing study of leading manufacturers, 82 percent of respondents agreed “the ability to flexibly and dynamically move product from one facility to another or to change the product mix at an existing facility to match demand is critical to achieving our growth goals.”

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Biotech and Generic Drugs: 2015 Trends and Predictions

December 9, 2014 4:05 pm | by Ed Price, President of PCI | Comments

Ed Price, President of PCI Synthesis, issues his annual list of trends that he feels will continue to affect the emerging biotech and generic drug industries in 2015.                        

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Serialization: Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

October 30, 2014 11:11 am | by Kevin Swartz, Senior Engineer, IPS; Tina Gushue, Process Engineer, IPS | Comments

A reminder to pharma manufacturers, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) deadlines are quickly approaching. Have you planned for the implementation of Transaction Documents for your packaged products and how to introduce them into your supply chain? Have you developed a strategy for implementing packaging serialized data and infrastructure?

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The Flexible Filling Line: The Crossover Vehicle for Aseptic Manufacturing

October 29, 2014 8:59 am | by Paul Valerio, Director, Technology at IPS - Integrated Project Services | Comments

People want it all, don’t they?  The type of cars many drive is one indicator.  Crossover vehicles have become a very popular vehicle segment.  They offer: practicality while still maintaining a cool factor; spaciousness with decent fuel efficiency; and car-like handling with the safety of all wheel drive for slippery conditions.

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Manual Cleaning in an OSD Facility – Will it Ever Go Away??

October 27, 2014 3:30 pm | by Michael Vileikis, IPS-Integrated Project Services | Comments

As processes, procedures and perceptions have matured the apparent risks associated with manual cleaning have become a frequently discussed topic throughout the pharmaceutical industry.           

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