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Overworked & Over-Caffeinated

October 16, 2014 | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Comments

It’s not big news that most of America is tired. Wherever your look people are yawning – in the car, in the office, in front of the TV – Americans seem to be tired all the time.            


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.           

Growing Pharmaceutical Industry Embraces Innovation

October 20, 2014 8:37 am | by Julie Ackerman, Senior Director, PR and Communications, PMMI | Comments

The global pharmaceutical industry will reach nearly $1.2 trillion in sales by 2017, representing a growth rate of up to 6 percent per year, according to The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. To remain competitive in this growing market, pharmaceutical manufacturers are continually looking to evolve their operations to keep up with today’s trends, create greater efficiencies and comply with the newest regulations.


The Perils of Supply Chain EHS Performance Neglect, and 5 Solutions

October 15, 2014 2:10 pm | by Paul Leavoy, Research Analyst, LNS Research | Comments

The need to manage environment, health and safety (EHS) performance across our organizations and throughout our global plants has never been more apparent. While considerations of EHS performance were once limited to one organization’s performance within its four walls, things have changed.


Is McLaren Going to be Pharma’s “Creative Destructionist”?

October 15, 2014 8:51 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE; President, EPCOT International | Comments

Since 2011 I have postulated that pharma needs a “creative destructionist” for its manufacturing technology innovations to get out from its archaic “quality by analysis” methods to “quality from the get go methods”. Current practices have cost patients billions in excessive costs. Generally most of the “creative destructionists” are from outside the industry, McLaren could be the one for the pharma and the chemical industry. 


Advancing Drug Delivery for Improved Patient Experience & Safety

September 24, 2014 2:32 pm | by Julie Ackerman, Senior Director, PR/Communications, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | Comments

As drug delivery technologies, such as syringes and inhalers, evolve pharmaceutical manufacturers are tasked with upholding the highest standard of quality, while still maintaining or improving efficiency. Their success in this regard is largely predicated on the flexibility of their operations and the degree to which they proactively work with suppliers to improve their lines.


A Misused Metric Is Worse Than No Metric at All

September 22, 2014 8:55 am | by Dan Miklovic, Principal Analyst at LNS Research | Comments

At LNS Research we believe in the expression “you can’t control what you don’t measure.” With that, we’ve focused a significant part of our research on identifying the “Metrics That Matter.” And one of the topics of we find of most interest to our Global Executive Council is benchmarking and understanding how to measure performance.


The Future of Chemicals: Managing Complexity and Enabling Growth with Natural Supply Chains

September 16, 2014 8:45 am | by Rohit Singh, Principal, Strategy; and Marc Waco, Partner, PwC US Chemicals Advisory Leader | Comments

In an increasingly complex and challenging climate, chemical companies are facing a combination of shifting market forces and an increasingly heterogeneous customer set. Many organizations are focusing solely on all-out growth or across-the-board cost-cutting strategies in an attempt to adjust course.


Where Will it End?

September 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by Mike Auerbach, Editor In Chief | Comments

I am grateful for many things in my life. But one thing that I just added to my list, and never considered before, is that I don’t have to figure out the shopping habits of American consumers.          


Landscape Disrupters Becoming Part of Pharma’s Playing Field

August 26, 2014 8:57 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE; President, EPCOT International | Comments

In recent years genetic testing has been introduced. It has caused a bit of for and against uproar. Information from this testing could be used for changing the lifestyle that could avert diseases one might encounter with age or even could be used for personalized medicine. Better lifestyle could lower pharma sales and an unacceptable scenario by the current players.


The Path to Optimized Drug Production

August 14, 2014 8:36 am | by Nancy Berg, President and CEO of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) | Comments

Scaling up can be a challenge; know the processes and tools for a successful transition.                                              


Why Fitting a Square Plug in a Round Hole is Profitable for Pharma and Most Likely Will Stay

August 6, 2014 8:50 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE; President, EPCOT International | Comments

In 2005 I had raised a question about Batch or a Continuous Process: A Choice. At that time it seemed like a logical question and still is. However, I left part of the question unanswered. Missing was the discussion of components of pharma manufacturing, API manufacture and their formulations.



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