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Disruptions in store for pharmaceuticals in 2018

New technologies, cloud computing, and wider use of risk assessment are among the continuing changes that are disrupting the pharmaceutical sector. Expect 2018 to see the pace of change to accelerate.

Blockchain technologies could return control of data to patients

The focus of blockchain technology has been with supply chains and finance, but the applications are far wider including life science research, like new drug development and the control of patient data.

Madrid, Catalan separatists spar over failed bid for EU agency

Madrid - Spain's central government and Catalan separatists traded the blame Monday after Barcelona failed to be picked to host the European Medicines Agency, which is leaving London after Britain's decision to exit the EU.

Screening for novel drugs using powerful computers

London - Searching for new types of drugs is a medical imperative. This is a complex task involving many types of diseases and chemical interactions. To assist with this process, Francis Crick Institute researchers have developed a new model.

Microbiologists review best practices for making medicines Special

Birmingham - The manufacture of medicines is at risk from cross-contamination from people, a result of the shedding of microorganisms. In February a special two-day conference considered how best to manage this risk.

Keeping medicines safe from microbial contamination Special

Nottingham - The U.K. hosts one major pharmaceutical microbiology event each year, hosted by Pharmig. Here practitioners hear from experts, discuss current trends and learn about new technology. The main theme was keeping medicines safe.

Why has the cost of EpiPens increased for consumers?

Epipens, used by those who suffer from allergies and anaphylaxis have significantly risen in cost over the past year. Pharmacists are putting this down to a lack of competition.

Arizona allows pharmacists to change prescriptions

Phoenix - Arizona has become the first U.S. state to allow pharmacists to change the medicine prescribed on a doctor’s prescription for a similar drug product. The law requires the patient to be informed.

450 cases of birth defects from anti-epilepsy drug in France: officials

Paris - A common drug used to treat epilepsy has caused congenital defects in around 450 babies in France who were exposed to the medication before birth in the uterus, according to an estimate by health authorities published Tuesday.

Review: Microbiologists from Europe discuss keeping medicines safe Special

Nottingham - This week the U.K.'s biggest conference dedicated to pharmaceutical microbiology took place in Nottingham. The key themes were risk assessment, coping with aging facilities, and addressing contamination issues.

New drugs, mergers and protests, pharma industry round-up

This week a new drug for dealing with opioid overdose has been announced. There’s a buy-out for a dyslipidemia product; plus another larger merger; and also a vaccine price protest. Digital Journal brings another round-up of pharmaceutical sector news.

FDA blocks imports from Megafine Pharma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed an import ban on the drug maker Megafine Pharma's Nashik site in Maharashtra, India.

Is medicine research hampered by poorly designed trials?

Edinburgh - A new survey looking into thousands of experiments for various new medicines designed to fight disease has found that the majority are not sufficiently rigorous.

British health policy focuses on drug shortages

London - U.K. politicians are set to discuss a range of health initiatives set out by the government. These include the availability of anti-cancer drugs and proposals to tackle psychoactive drug substances.

Two dead in U.S. as preparation for hurricane Joaquin continues

Two people died today in the Carolinas from flooding brought on by heavy rains. And in the Bahamas, a very violent Joaquin continues to batter the islands with 130 mph winds, while the min. pressure of the storm has dropped further to 931 mb.

Latest drug recalls and safety label changes

Bethesda - As we do regularly on Digital Journal, the latest drug information changes, safety warnings and instruction changes are highlighted based on information provided by the U.S. FDA.

FDA extends warnings on compounded drugs in syringes

Bethesda - The U.S. FDA has revised its guidance for health professionals concerning the administration of medicinal drug products prepared in Becton-Dickinson syringes. The initial concern related to a drug potency issue.

Pharmaceutical industry news round-up

Digital Journal delves into the key pharmaceutical sector business news. This week we bring updates from Novartis, Bayer, Boehringer and Lilly.

European Union takes action on antibiotics

One root of antibiotic resistance is from animals to people. To assess this, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is running a public consultation on how to assess the risks of antimicrobial resistance passing from food animals to human.

Pfizer buys leading drugs from GSK to extend market share

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has purchased two vaccine manufacturers from GSK: Nimenrix and Mencevax. These products extend the company’s interest in this field.

Record haul of counterfeit drugs worldwide

Health authorities around the globe have been taking part in Operation Pangea, designed to clampdown on fake and counterfeit medicines.

Keeping medicines safe from contamination Special

Birmingham - This week in Birmingham, U.K. at the Making Pharmaceuticals exhibition a series of presentations focused on the themes of risk assessment and keeping the environment in which medicines are made clean and in control.

Changes to drug labeling and packaging announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted an update of important alterations made to medicinal products over the past month. This includes the latest safety alerts and medical warnings.

23andMe to begin drug development

Mountain View - 23andMe, the personal genomics firm, has announced plans to make its own medicines. This will involve deals with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Keeping medicines microbe-free Special

Nottingham - This week some of Europe's leading microbiologists gathered in Nottingham (U.K.) for the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group (Pharmig) annual conference. One of the key themes was keeping medicines safe from harmful microorganisms.

Latest FDA drug safety warnings

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a revised update of alterations made to medicinal products during the past month. This includes the latest safety alerts.

FDA publishes new medicinal safety warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new update of changes made to medicinal products. This includes the latest safety warnings.

French pharmacists meet to discuss medicinal safety Special

Marseille - This week over 500 pharmacists from across France, and a few from the U.K., Switzerland and Germany, have been meeting to discuss the safety of medicines and improvements in administration of healthcare products.

Leading pharmacists debate hospital infections Special

Warwick - This week the leading pharmacists in the U.K. congregated in Warwick for the NHS QA Symposium. A number of measures to protect patients from infection were discussed, and Digital Journal was in attendance.

Antibiotic capsules recalled in the U.S.

Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories has initiated a recall of multiple lots of the antibiotic cephalexin capsules from the U.S. market. The tablets were imported from India.
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Spain s Guardia Civil seized hundreds of thousands of illegal and unlicensed drugs from China and In...
Spain's Guardia Civil seized hundreds of thousands of illegal and unlicensed drugs from China and India.
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Spain s Guardia Civil seized hundreds of thousands of illegal and unlicensed drugs from China and In...
Spain's Guardia Civil seized hundreds of thousands of illegal and unlicensed drugs from China and India.
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