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Silk Protein Preserves Drugs Without Refrigeration

Tufts University research shows that silk protein can be used to stabilize and maintain the potency of vaccines and other drugs that would otherwise need refrigeration. “Silk stabilization has the potential to significantly change the way we store and deliver pharmaceuticals, especially in the developing world,” said research-paper author and Tufts doctoral student, Jeney Zhang, in a press release. Read more »

Creative Solutions for Healthcare Recycling

The news that the London 2012 Olympic Games aims to be the first Olympics to be “zero waste to landfill” is an indication of the growing importance of finding new ways to fulfill the old mantra of “reduce, reuse, and recycle”.  Recycling is even finding new applications in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries as more companies seek to reduce waste. Read more »

Increased Generics Spending in Pharmerging Markets Predicted

The pharmerging nations are expected to nearly double their spending on medicine by 2016, according to an IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report, The Global Use of Medicines: Outlook through 2016, the Institute said in a press release. Read more »

Defining a Batch in Continuous Manufacturing

Continuous manufacturing is the way of the future for solid-dosage pharmaceuticals, but one of the challenges for implementation is how to define a batch for quality assurance testing.   Read more »

Seminar Addresses Developments and Challenges in Hot Melt Extrusion

Development in hot melt extrusion (HME) using twin-screw extruders to make solid-dosage drug forms has increased significantly in the past decade, although it is still in its infancy, said Charlie Martin, president of the US operations of Leistritz at the recent Pharmaceutical Extrusion Seminar organized by the company. An interesting aspect of HME is the variety of physical forms that can be given to the melt after mixing. Read more »

Revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Includes Combustible Dust

Combustible dust is a fire and explosion hazard in many industries that handle dusty materials, including pharmaceuticals. Deadly dust explosions and how to prevent them have been a concern in the US and a focus for the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the past several years. Read more »

Single-use Systems Proliferate

Jennifer MarkarianThe biopharmaceutical industry is increasingly turning to disposable, single-use systems that offer flexibility and cost benefits. This trend was evident at the Interphex 2012 exhibit in New York earlier this month in the disposable systems and components that were prominent in many booths. Exhibitors commented that disposable systems were unheard of at Interphex as little as six years ago, but now they are everywhere. Read more »

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