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The State of Pharmaceutical Packaging: 1207 Revisions, Biologics Will Play Key Roles

August 4, 2015 | by Randolph Fillmore, ISPE writer | Comments

Some estimates point to biologics as making up more than 60 percent of the drugs currently in clinical development and predict that 50 percent of all pharmaceuticals will be biologics by 2020.


Pharma Industry Accounts for Strongest Growth in Flexible Packaging

August 6, 2015 12:46 pm | by Tom Egan, vice president, Industry Services, PMMI | Comments

The global flexible packaging segment of pharmaceuticals is projected to be worth over $11 billion by 2019.


Can technology come to the rescue of the global diabetes epidemic?

July 22, 2015 12:03 pm | by Erez Raphael, CEO, LabStyle Innovations | Comments

A recent study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, reported a 45 percent rise in the prevalence of diabetes worldwide from 1990 to 2013. The majority the rise was in Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form of the disease ...

HHS: We’re putting people at the center of their care

July 15, 2015 9:35 am | by Nancy Beran, HHS | Comments

I went into medicine for one reason: I wanted to help people. And five years ago, my practice was fortunate enough to embark on a transformation that helped us provide our patients with greater access to higher quality care.


Who’s buying medical marijuana?

July 15, 2015 7:28 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

So it turns out recreational marijuana users are more diverse than your average Grateful Dead fan. According to a recent Forbes expose, pot aficionados in Seattle include everyone from curious tourists to medicinal marijuana patients and baby boomers hoping to recapture their youth.


Beyond the hype: Making hay in the Internet of Things world

July 14, 2015 11:27 am | by Alex Blanter, A.T. Kearney | Comments

What does the Internet of Things mean for your company? Hype aside, it is now commonly held that we are entering a new era where digital smarts will be embedded in everyday devices from the clothes we wear to our cars to the lights in our homes, all interconnected by the Internet.

New bill significantly shortens the drug approval process

July 13, 2015 8:35 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

It’s rare for politicos on Capitol Hill to agree on a stick of gum, let alone an overarching piece of healthcare legislation, but the House just unanimously approved a bill that should significantly streamline and hasten the drug approval process.


GOP: Appeal SCOTUS's Obamacare decision to the American people

July 9, 2015 9:12 am | by Sally C. Pipes | Comments

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court saved Obamacare for a second time by siding with the executive branch in King v. Burwell. The decision allows the Internal Revenue Service to distribute health insurance subsidies to about 6.4 million people....


It’s teamwork: Using patient data to improve outcomes

July 9, 2015 8:23 am | by Glenn Madrid, MD, Grand Junction, Colorado | Comments

It takes a village, or at least a well-coordinated team, to care for our patients. While our medical practice in Grand Junction has always tried to provide personal, transparent and coordinated care, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) ...


Stop worrying about Obamacare’s job creation (or destruction)

July 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

It’s more than a tad redundant to call Obamacare controversial – its mere mention causes fits of insanity and more mud-slinging than talk radio. A new report over at Forbes is cautiously optimistic about the Affordable Care Act’s net job growth, but is this the best metric for success?


Lesson not learned: Tips and tricks to avoid repeat recalls

July 7, 2015 7:58 am | by Mohan Ponnudurai, Industry Solutions Director at Sparta Systems | Comments

When you feel a headache coming on, you don’t want to fact-check your aspirin bottle’s history for the latest recall announcements. You want to trust that the makers of the Aspirin have supplied you with a safe product, and that it’s going to make the pain to go away.


The basics of outsourcing in pharma

July 2, 2015 8:22 am | by Vera Pomerantseva | Comments

Outsourcing became a common trend in pharmaceutical and IT industries over the past decade. Economy globalization made outsourcing easier than ever before due to remote telecommunications, standardizations, proficiency in English across the globe ...


Ordering marijuana from the comfort of your living room

July 1, 2015 8:11 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

Eaze is an app-based “on-demand weed delivery marketplace.” Essentially, the service allows anyone to receive a medical marijuana prescription for about the price of your average co-pay, purchase your cannabis of choice, and receive it in the time it takes to deliver a pizza.


Federal officials want to spend $20B on AIDS drugs, based on 45 cases

June 11, 2015 11:51 am | by Jane M. Orient, M.D. | Comments

The AIDS industry and its government allies were just waiting for evidence to justify a change in policy.


Canadians wait 462 days for access to new drugs

May 22, 2015 8:59 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

During the hullabaloo surrounding passage of President Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), proponents extolled the virtues of Canada’s free healthcare system. Critics slammed that same system for its alleged wait times....


Welcome to the party, pal!

May 21, 2015 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Editor, @PharmProEditor | Comments

As the Rolling Stones famously said, please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Jason Lomberg, Pharmaceutical Processing’s new Editor. I come to you courtesy of Pharm Pro’s sister pub, Electronic Component News....



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