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Continuing Story: Judge Won't Toss Out FedEx Drug Indictment

May 15, 2015 11:47 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said the acts alleged by prosecutors do not fall under an exemption in federal drug law for transportation companies such as FedEx.

10-lb. Packages of Marijuana Wash Ashore in 2 States

May 15, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beach dwellers in Alabama and North Carolina have stumbled upon bulky packages worth thousands...

Colombian Ban on Anti-Coca Herbicide is Bittersweet

May 14, 2015 11:54 am | by Jacobo Garcia, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colombian President Santos last week decided to halt fumigation in the wake of a report by a...

FedEx Seeks Dismissal of Federal Drug Indictment

May 14, 2015 11:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for FedEx are set to appear in court, as they seek to dismiss a federal indictment...

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Juno Acquires Stage Cell

May 12, 2015 11:15 am | by Juno Therapeutics | News | Comments

Juno Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cancer treatment, announced today that it has acquired Stage Cell Therapeutics GmbH.

BASF Sells Part of Its Pharma Business

May 11, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

BASF recently announced plans to sell several prominent pharmaceutical ingredients to Siegfried Holding AG for $306 million.

Afghan Poppy Farmers Say New Seeds Will Boost Opium Output

May 5, 2015 11:24 am | by Mirwais Khan and Lynne O'Donnell, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin.

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Capital Investments: Regulations, Technology and ROI

May 5, 2015 10:45 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial director | Blogs | Comments

Pharmaceutical processors face a number of challenges in determining the direction they should take when considering internal investments – but a lack of options have never been amongst them.

Dock Management: Sealing The Perimeter

May 5, 2015 10:35 am | by Mary Blaser, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Rite-Hite Environmental Enclosures Corporation | Blogs | Comments

While it’s a vital link between a facility and the pharmaceuticals shipped in and out every day, the loading dock presents the greatest opportunity for energy losses and damage to precious materials and products.

Alkermes First Quarter Results

April 30, 2015 11:59 am | by Alkermes plc | News | Comments

Alkermes plc today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015.

Streamline Your Supply Chain with On-Demand Color Labeling

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

Report Highlights Role of Supply Chains in Pharma

April 8, 2015 11:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan suggests companies in the health care industry can gain a competitive advantage by placing a greater emphasis on their supply chains.

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Patheon Closes Acquisition of IRIX Pharmaceuticals

April 1, 2015 12:33 pm | by Patheon | News | Comments

Patheon has closed the transaction to acquire IRIX Pharmaceuticals, a company that specializes in making difficult to manufacture Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API).

Pharmaceutical Processing's October 2014 Issue

October 20, 2014 11:34 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The October issue of Pharmaceutical Processing describes Capsugel’s merger with Bend Research and Encap to create a comprehensive solid dosage form solutions group. The issue also features articles on supply chain trends including how to reduce risk, managing a clinical supply chain,  a look at the best printing and coding solutions, and the move to the fully connected enterprise. Other articles focus on particle size analysis, disposable chromatography technologies, and monitoring potency assays.

A Roadmap for Risky Territory

October 15, 2014 3:49 pm | by Jamie T. Hintlian and Ryan Kelly; Ernst & Young | Articles | Comments

When it comes to the supply chain, business can be risky. A seminal survey of companies in various industries spanning 62 countries found 85% of respondents have experienced a supply chain disruption over the last 12 months, and 50% of companies had more than one disruption.

UPS Survey: Time to Act on Untapped Opportunites in Healthcare Industry

September 23, 2014 2:48 pm | News | Comments

An environment of increasing risks, complex regulations and continuing cost pressures is impeding healthcare executives from moving quickly to seize untapped industry opportunities, according to the 7th annual UPS "Pain in the (Supply) Chain" survey.

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 | Blogs | 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.

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Surveying The Industry’s Needs

December 4, 2013 9:35 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Our annual reader survey looks at issues facing innovator companies and the CMO/CSOs that support them.                        

Best Practices in Demand and Inventory Planning for Pharmaceutical Companies

September 13, 2013 9:06 am | by Aptean | White Papers

Supply chain planning involves functions such as demand forecasting and planning, distribution inventory planning, and plant capacity planning and scheduling. The right mix of strategy, education, and systems can have a very high impact on a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s overall operations—and ultimately its bottom line.

Transparency in the Supply Chain

April 10, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mike Rozembajgier | Articles | Comments

An increase in the number of Internet pharmacies distributing pharmaceuticals to consumers online and heightened public scrutiny have led authorities to pay close attention to the issue of counterfeit medications. And already this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a health care provider alert warning about an unapproved, counterfeit cancer medication that was distributed in the U.S.

DSM Signs Master Supply Agreement with Eisai Inc.

March 5, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

DSM Pharmaceutical Products, the custom manufacturing and technology business of Royal DSM, today announced the signing of a 3 year master supply agreement with Eisai Inc., based in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA, for the production of sterile products.  The agreement covers the production of eribulin mesylate as well as other developmental drugs.

Tris Pharma Expands Manufacturing Capacity and Strengthens Supply Chain to Support New and Pending Approvals

July 11, 2012 4:02 am | News | Comments

Tris Pharma, a specialty pharmaceutical company with fully integrated commercial manufacturing and drug development operations, announced today that in order to meet demand for its products (approved and near term) the company has fortified its supply chain, increased manufacturing capacity and strengthened its management team.  

ValueTrak Safe & Secure Supply Chain Module Wins 2011 HDMA Distribution Management Award

March 8, 2011 8:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Today, ValueCentric was awarded the 2011 HDMA Distribution Management Award for their newest ValueTrak module, Safe & Secure Supply Chain. This award highlights new innovative business processes and the latest best practices in technology that improve the...

Report: Pharmaceutical Supply Chains Are Due for a Radical Overhaul

February 22, 2011 3:50 am | News | Comments

While recent attention has focused on issues such as the challenges associated with drug discovery and the regulatory review process, pharmaceutical companies have invested comparatively little effort in updating their manufacturing and distribution operations, many of which are inefficient, under-utilized and ill-equipped to cope with new medicines, cost pressures and health reform expectations

Keeping the Supply Chain Pure: New Coating Technologies Contain Information to Authenticate Solid Oral Dose Pharmaceuticals

May 7, 2010 10:08 am | by John D’Ottavio, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Manager, ARmark Authentication Technologies, LLC; and MaryAnn Hegedus, Business Development Manager, Colorcon, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A draft guidance recently issued by the Food and Drug Administration 1   provides specific recommendations for pharmaceutical manufacturers on the use of inks, pigments, flavors, and other molecular taggants used as physical-chemical identifiers (PCIDs) in immediate release film coatings for anticounterfeiting measures.

Advisory Firm Selected To Analyze China Pharma Supply Chain On U.S Pharmaceuticals

May 20, 2009 11:13 am | News | Comments

NSD Bio Group, LLC - North American Advisory firm, has been tapped by the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission, to conduct special research and analyses on the increasing role of China's raw ingredients used in pharmaceutical products and dietary supplements manufactured and sold in the U.S. marketplace.

Security and RFID's Place in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

May 11, 2009 10:13 am | Articles | Comments

At INTERPHEX, in March 2009, an expert panel convened to discuss the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry in meeting the FDA's guidance regarding e-pedigree, and to address the larger global issues surrounding the implementation of RFID as part of a secure supply chain solution.

The Track and Trace Challenge of the Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

June 2, 2008 7:18 am | Pharmaceutical Processing | Product Releases | Comments

The pharmaceutical industry’s supply chain has become the focus of daily headlines, and often not in a positive way. Today’s pharmaceutical products rely on ingredients and material from across the globe, and require the tightest, safest, and most efficient supply chain possible to produce the highest quality drugs.

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