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New digital network to transform the pharmaceutical supply chain

The company TraceLink has launched its Digital Network Platform. The aim is to develop new supply chain operating models based on the patient, and with driving network members to work together for better traceability and standards.

From AI to restructuring: Major Pharma Trends

Pharmaceuticals remains in a state of change, from precision medicines to artificial intelligence; and with further restructuring and mergers, and new job roles. These trends are drawn out in a new industry survey.

New digital design project for pharmaceutical product development

A consortium of industry, academia and government have developed a new approach to digital design for pharmaceutical product and process development. Called ADDoPT, the focus is on process understanding and predictive modeling.

Pharma going green? Making Tylenol from plant material

Researchers based at the University of Wisconsin - Madison have developed at method to synthesize acetaminophen — the active ingredient in Tylenol — from a natural compound derived from plant material, reducing the reliance upon fossil fuels.

Global health procurement: Low-income countries pay too much

A sweeping study into global health procurement finds that some low-income countries are paying over twenty times more for generic drug products. Lifesaving medicines continue to remain out of reach for many of those who need them the most.

Government of British Columbia expands biosimilar medicines

The Government of British Columbia has announced a program in which patients taking originator biologic drugs will be "switched" or transitioned by their clinicians to a biosimilar biologic drug within a six-month period.

Advancing the design of pharma water systems for medicinal safety Special

Dublin - Water may seem like a routine part of the production of medicines but water contaminated with microorganisms is a cause of drug product recalls and can lead to patient harm. The importance of water quality was the theme of a recent conference.

How the pharmaceutical industry is implementing serialization

New legislation requiring pharmaceutical companies to implement 'serialization' is coming into force. This means that no counterfeit product should enter the supply chain and no legitimate product is diverted from its intended destination.

Three ways digital transformation is changing pharmaceuticals

The digital transformation of pharmaceutical manufacturing is continuing at a rapid pace as companies attempt to mine the sources of data available. Innovations include predictive analytics, big data analytics, and creating the digital plant.

FDA drug supply chain pilot project spurs blockchain advancements

Bethesda - FDA’s Pilot Program under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires the Agency to explore and evaluate methods to enhance the safety and security of the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain. This includes blockchain.

Machine learning is transforming the pharma sector

In the U.S., drug companies spend more than $50 billion on R&D, while in Europe spending surpasses €30 billion. To help lower costs and to reduce the time taken for new drugs to hit the market, the pharmaceutical sector is turning to machine learning.

Microbiologists meet to make pharmaceutical manufacturing safer Special

Birmingham - Microbiologist met recently in the U.K. to discuss best practices for monitoring cleanroom environments (the space within which pharmaceutical medicines are produced). The theme of the event was on risk-assessment.

Pharma sector embraces industry 4.0

The medical and pharmaceutical sectors are facing disruption from companies that occupy space traditionally outside of healthcare. These are companies like Apple and Google, plus an array of startups. What does this mean for the healthcare landscape?

Pharmaceutical sector embracing Industry 4.0

A number of pharmaceutical companies are embracing connected technology with a bid to improve efficiencies and to reduce costs. This digital transformation of the sector includes smart factories and connected plants.

Cannabis startup with ties to Bayer inks $122 million deal

Ginkgo Bioworks, a startup known for its work turning bacteria into consumer goods, is partnering with marijuana producer Cronos to make lab-grown cannabis.

Hospitals band together and launch company to make generic drugs

Salt Lake City - On Thursday, seven health care systems and three philanthropic groups announced the formation of their own generic drug company, Civica Rx, to tackle chronic shortages and high prices.

CMOs at front of biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology

Contract manufacturing organizations are on the leading edge of new pharmaceutical manufacturing technology adoption, according to a new overview of the sector.

Bleak perceptions of Brexit for British business

London - A number of British business are getting nervous about the Brexit process. Airbus, BMW and Siemens have each warned about the impact on their U.K.-based operations if the U.K. leaves the EU in March 2019 without any agreement.

Russia also threatens retaliation as tariff war heats up

Russia is the latest country to threaten retaliation against U.S. tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports, warning on Friday that American cars could soon face higher taxes.

Risk assessment is central to making pharmaceuticals Special

Portmarnock - The manufacture of pharmaceuticals, and an evaluation of microbial hazards, requires a scientific approach to risk assessment. This was the key message from the recent Pharmig meeting on Quality Risk Management.

Amazon drops plan to sell bulk pharmaceuticals

Amazon Business, which is the bulk products arm of Amazon, appears to be dropping its plan to become a major distributor of pharmaceutical and medical devices products. This follows on from indications last year that Amazon was to enter the fray.

How artificial intelligence is influencing drug discovery

The drive for new medications addresses patient need and is the motor that keeps the pharmaceutical sector turning. To accelerate the drug discovery process, pharmaceutical organizations are turning to artificial intelligence.

Op-Ed: Curing patients not good for business — Goldman Sachs

New York City - The company famous for its social sensitivity has decided that curing sick people simply reduces profits. Goldman Sachs, with a degree of insensitivity or perhaps just more grovelling to the rich, has come up with reasons for people to stay sick.

Pharmaceuticals set for digital disruption

Digital transformation has affected many sectors of the economy, and this includes healthcare and related activities, such as new technologies. A new report signals some major changes coming for pharmaceuticals.

Applying e-learning to pharma and healthcare: Interview Special

E-learning carries many advantages for companies, including delivering training remotely and with minimum disruption. One area of increased take-up is pharma. To understand how such training can be delivered, Laura Guardi of Pharmig explains.

Merck & Co. shows how a company can go digital

Pharmaceutical companies are under pressure to reduce expenses while improving results. This is one reason why the sector is looking towards digital technologies. A company down this journey is life science business Merck & Co.

Road map for the digital transformation of pharmaceuticals

Berlin - The impact and future of digitization along the value chain of the pharmaceutical industry have been discussed at a recent conference. The process of digital transformation presents both opportunities and threats for pharma.

Digital transformation underway with bioprocessing

Industry 4.0, especially the approaches of cyber-physical systems control and monitor activity through computer-based algorithms, are impacting on the bioprocessing sector as pharmaceuticals seek improved efficiencies.

Brexit uncertainty for pharmaceutical companies

Of the different sectors of the British economy affected by the U.K.’s impending exit from the European Union, the pharmaceutical sector is one of the most significant. This relates to the value of the market and the regulatory impact.

Why the pharmaceuticals sector is adopting single-use technology

A new paradigm is taking place in the world of pharmaceuticals, with a shift away from re-used, re-washed and re-sterilized equipment and eastwards the adoption of single-use sterile systems.
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