The 2012 European Outsourcing Awards—what some call the “Outsourcing Oscars”—were presented on October 10, 2012 during the CPhI Worldwide/iCSE show and included awards to Vetter for a high-speed filling line and to Catalent for updates to its controlled-release facility. Read more »
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The East Coast, including PharmTech’s offices, is largely boarding up and shutting down in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. But the FDA is still keeping vigilant. Just before the weekend, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, FDA released a copy of a Form 483 issued to the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which has been under investigation for violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
“The inspection report for NECC has not been completed and is not being shared at this time,” says the release. FDA is still working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Massachusetts partners regarding fungal meningitis outbreak and those patients who received NECC’s compounded preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (80mg/ml), an injectable steroid, according to the release.
For back story, see the video on PharmTech.com/PharmTechTV regarding the compounding center and its connection to the recent fungal meningitis outbreak.
The recent presidential and vice-presidential debates have highlighted the need for strategies for economic growth in the US, including the roles innovation and trade play in stimulating the US economy. Eli Lilly Chairman, President and CEO John C. Lechleiter recently weighed in on the issue with respect to the pharmaceutical industry in offering his perspective on the importance of including data exclusivity provisions for biologics as found in US law for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a regional free trade pact in Asia under negotiation.
Earlier this year, the concept of solar-powered aviation was further propelled from its proverbial runway, testing many limits that had not been previously realized in the realm of energy-efficient transportation. However, as is the case with virtually every achievement since the dawn of civilization, the question remains the same: Where do we go from here?
From May–July 2012, Solar Impulse—with the help of several sponsors, including Bayer MaterialScience, the subsidiary of the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer—successfully completed a series of flights (known as Crossing Frontiers) as part of a round-trip journey from Switzerland to Morocco, setting several world records, according to the World Air Sports Federation, in the solar-powered subcategory (including for free distance along a course, and for straight distance with predeclared waypoints). In addition, the mission included the first solar-powered intercontinental flight linking Europe to Africa when Solar Impulse’s HB-SIA plane crossed the Strait of Gibraltar.
Guest blog written by Nancy Berg, President and CEO, ISPE.
At the inaugural joint FDA/ISPE conference on CGMP earlier this year, the FDA’s Dr. Janet Woodcock delivered a strong message to the pharmaceutical industry: the efforts to adopt Quality by Design (QbD) principles within pharmaceutical manufacturing must be a top priority for the industry. She put the onus on industry and regulators to find ways to work together more effectively, to engage in productive conversations, and to dissolve roadblocks to QbD and the issues that lead to counterfeiting, shortages, and other threats to safe, high-quality medicines. Read more »
An upcoming PharmTech Viewpoint article (Check out PharmTech’s October issue) raises that very question. Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that FDA had tracked employee emails in its investigation into the possible leak of agency information by FDA scientists who complained about the agency’s medical device review process. These scientists raised concerns about radiation danger levels.
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Yesterday, Sanofi issued a press statement titled “Sanofi provides information on the adaption of its activities in France through 2015.” Read past the headline and you quickly realise that the ‘adaption of activities’ involves eliminating around 900 jobs at the company’s sites France by 2015. You can read the statement here.
Biopharmaceutical manufacturing has certainly come a long way in terms of innovation, but now it has many more miles to go, literally—on a truck.
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, I will be attending GE Healthcare Life Sciences’s ReadyToRock Tour 2012 in Piscataway, New Jersey. This 1000-ft2 mobile suite features the company’s ReadyToProcess platform, which contains bioreactors, filters, tubing and connectors, chromatography systems, and columns—all preconditioned, ready to plug in, and use. GE’s team of experts will also be on board for live presentations and demonstrations of the equipment.
In 2008, adverse affects and deaths linked to Baxter’s blood thinner drug heparin revealed contamination in the heparin supply chain originating from an API manufacturer in China. FDA identified oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS) in the contaminated heparin. In response to the 2008 heparin situation, the United States Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) has revised the quality standards for heparin. Anita Szajek, PhD, and Tina Morris of USP highlight USP’s revisions to the heparin sodium monograph in the September 2012 issue of PharmTech.