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Applying virtual reality to pharmaceutical development

The technology and approach of virtual reality aims to create a virtual world parallel to reality that is both immersive and interactive. How can this aid pharmaceuticals?

Pharmaceutical firms are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks

The pharmaceutical sector has become one of the top targets for rogue actors in terms of seeking to exploit digital vulnerabilities. This means that continually assessing the cybersecurity policy and having a back-up plan is of great importance.

Q&A: New technological innovations for drug delivery unveiled Special

How can new pharmaceuticals be delivered to market faster and what advantages can be gained from technological improvements to drug delivery? A leading professional offers his expertise.

How augmented reality is improving medical outcomes

The pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors are making effective use of digital technology, such as augmented reality. Digital Journal presents three examples of the application, in each case helping to improve patient outcomes.

Digital twins deployed to make pharma processing more efficient

Digital twins refers creating a virtual and connected model of a process, product, or service. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are making use of digital twins to drive process improvements through the manufacturing plant.

How the pharmaceutical sector is adapting to remote working

For an industry based largely on manufacturing and scientific research, the pharmaceutical sector has needed to adapt in novel ways in order to meet the home working requirements fostered upon it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blockchain helps pharma with product traceability

KPMG, IBM, Merck and Walmart published the results from an FDA pilot program conducted to evaluate the use of blockchain to track and trace prescription drugs. The pilot was reported to be successful.

Pharma giant's data published online after ransomware attack Special

U.S. pharma giant ExecuPharm has confirmed that it was hit by a ransomware attack on March 13. The company stated that key data inked to individuals could be compromised.

Big growth projected in biosimilars drug market

Over the course of just five years, the global market in biosimilar medicines has risen to over $5 billion. Biosimilars are complex drugs identical to a branded one, but manufactured by a different company.

Q&A: Advantages of continuous manufacturing for pharma Special

Continuous manufacturing forms part of the industry 4.0 paradigm, and following success in other sectors this approach is being applied to pharmaceuticals (moving from "batch manufacturing" to "continuous manufacturing").

Q&A: Tackling underrepresentation in clinical trials Special

Today’s clinical trial and research space faces a number of challenges, including limitations in data quality and trials that effectively address underserved populations, impacting the efficacy of drug benefits and treatments of complex diseases.

Microbiologists become more 'cultured' after annual conference Special

Nottingham - The importance of a contamination control strategy and a science-based approach to addressing microbial issues are the key elements for any pharmaceutical microbiologist’s toolbox. These were the main lessons from the Pharmig annual conference.

Medicines pose global environmental risk, experts warn

Paris - Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said Thursday.

Microbiologists 'colonize' Nottingham to discuss hot topics Special

Nottingham - Each November pharmaceutical microbiologists converge for the annual Pharmig conference to discuss medicinal safety and the latest developments in all-things microbiology. On day one of year's event pharmaceutical regulators outlined their expectations.

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.
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