Cautionary tale for execs in pharma (or any industry) on the limits of "doing more with less," ignoring technical operations and focusing on financial balance sheets at the expense of quality and safety. Frontline's documentary on the BP disaster and Texas City refinery tragedy.AMS
Genzyme Corp. has had numerous regulatory problems at its Allston, Mass. Facility of late—viral contamination issues last summer, and recently FDA warnings and production shutdowns related to metal and other contaminants found in products manufactured in Allston. The Agency has posted a redacted version of its inspectional observations chronicling specific violations.
At the American Chemical Society national conference last weekend, Rensselaer Polytechnic researcher Dr. Robert Linhart announced that his team may have built the first fully synthetic heparin. Whether or not you believe that the possibility of another contamination crisis of natural raw heparin exists, the potential for a heparin supply...
Wyeth’s Pearl River, NY, facility recently earned an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) “star”, designating excellence in workplace health and safety. It was the 2,000th site in the U.S. to earn such status.
To some people, Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) and Quality by Design (QbD) might seem like the dullest topics imagineable. But they just might be the salvation of an industry dogged by recalls and adverse reaction reports, lawsuits, 483's and other compliance issues (and that's just on the GMP and non...
We love the progressive thinking that's going on in pharma. That's why I enjoy my job and what makes covering this side of the industry so much more interesting and positive than looking at the financial side and all the marketing scandals.
Average OEE in pharma is still in the 30's. At the Pack Expo last week, Heidi Parsons interviewed technical experts from Bosch and Parsec Automation for their insights. Among other topics, Europe's EN 954 was discussed in connection with downtime and safety problems. To watch, click here.
The International Facility Management Association's "World Workplace 2007" conference and Expo will be held in New Orleans on October 24-26. More from IFMA's press release: World Workplace brings industry leaders from the world's top business and government organizations together with educators and exhibitors to focus on the future of facility management.