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Handling Highly Active Ingredients

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Material handling: The latest containment systems and disposables are reducing compliance costs.

Use Trade Shows to Leverage Your Career

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Going to Interphex or another industry show? Don't just attend – work it to your advantage. Here are all the tips you need, as well as a trade show checklist, courtesy of our resident career expert JoAnn Hines.

Pharma Team Leaders Speak Out

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What makes pharmaceutical manufacturing team leaders proud? What keeps them awake at night? Our exclusive survey reflects cost, quality, and morale improvements, and SOP, documentation concerns.

Baxter: Lean Success at North Cove

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Kaizen and lean manufacturing efforts have revitalized the 1-L IV Solutions Team at Baxter's North Carolina facility.

Novartis: Suffern Plant Becomes a Global Role Model

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Lean Manufacturing: Cross-functional product-centered teams and a culture of empowerment should help Novartis' Suffern, N.Y. plant double output next year, when it starts to manufacture a new drug for the World Health Organization.

Interphex Preview, Part Deux

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The Interphex 2005 Conference and Exhibition is less than a month away (April 26-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City). Rudy Giuliani will deliver a keynote address, as will FDA’s John Taylor (speaking on risk-based inspections).

Senator Grills Rost on Importation

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Last month, we published Dr. Peter Rost’s February 16 testimony on drug importation before Congress. But Rost didn't just speak and run; he had to face some tough questions from Senator Michael Enzi. Read the full Q&A exchange below.

Calm in the Storm: Our 2005 Job and Salary Survey

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The pharmaceutical industry may have weathered the recent U.S. recession better than most industries, but, just as other industries are bouncing back, job experts agree that pharma is due for an even bigger tempest: a wave of downsizing spurred by narrow profit margins and soaring costs, mergers ...

Career Advice: Don't Sound, Like, Totally Stupid on the Job Hunt

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Job Hunting: Do you have solid career plans for the balance of 2005? Now is a good time to get started. It’s also a good time to spruce up the language on your resume, and polish up your personal sales pitch.

Assure Batch Uniformity for Freeze-Dried Products

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Freeze drying: Successful lyophilization requires precise control of process conditions, extensive equipment testing, and analysis of bulk solution, dry and reconstituted product; surrogates can be used for some tests.

Drug Counterfeiting Worsening Globally, Study Says

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This article from PLoS Medicine (April 2005) notes that up to 15% of all sold drugs are counterfeit. The authors suggest that the reluctance of drug companies and governments to publicize this problem, and the subsequent lack of public health warnings, is harming patients and the long-term ...

Machine Vision Eyes New Applications

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Machine Vision: Integrated with upstream systems, inspection data can empower quality control departments, and give QC a whole new “look.”

Merck, Lilly Recalls Test RFID During Pilot

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A study involving Merck, Novartis, Schering, and Solvay found that RFID and trace and track work very well-two real-life drug recalls during the test showed just how effective the technology can be.

Has Wal-Mart Gone Soft?

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In a recent talk, Wal-Mart’s manager of RFID strategies sounded upbeat about his firm’s progress in end-to-end RFID shipping. But the retail giant’s not as far along as people think, says ARC Advisory Group’s Steve Banker.

Product Safety Risk Still Overlooked

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Combating Counterfeit Drugs: Government and industry have failed to confront this white elephant jointly. Concerted efforts, focused on risk, will be essential, asserts Carl Nielsen, FDA's former director of Import Operations and Policy, in this exclusive commentary.

It's Time for Open RFID

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The software industry had Linux. What will RFID users have to open up their systems? It's time to put enabling technology in the hands of the masses, says RFID Alliance Lab's Daniel Deavours.

Decoding FDA’s Bar Code Rule

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FDA Bar Code Rule: What packaging levels does the rule apply to? Should different coding be used for product and packaging? Bert Moore of AIM Global clears up the confusion.

Pharmacogenomics and the Brave New World of Personalized Medicine

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FDA’s recent guidance on pharmacogenomics reduces manufacturers’ risks in evaluating genomic data. Will it spur development of more targeted therapies?

Kaiser Poll Shows Public Distrust of Drug Makers

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Pharmaceutical processing & engineering: The Kaiser Family Foundation recently polled 1,200 people regarding their views on drugs and the pharmaceutical industry, and the data revealed a fair amount of negativity toward drug manufacturers.

Interphex 2005 Conference & Exhibition Preview

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While one name — Rudy — may draw much of the attention at April’s Interphex 2005 Conference and Exhibition, it may be the depth and quality of exhibitors and presenters that eventually steals the show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, April 26-28.

Bayer Warms Up to Cold Chain Supply

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Careful validation and quality assurance work, and close collaboration with vendors, was a “win-win” for all who helped develop Bayer Biological Products’ cold chain solutions.

Rick Cooley Puts PAT in Perspective

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After 32 years with Eli Lilly and over 23 years heading up that company’s process analytics effort, Rick Cooley will start a new position on March 1, as manager of the Process Analytics Center of Excellence for the chromatography equipment vendor, Dionex Corp.

Career Advice: Job in Jeopardy? 10 Questions You Should Be Asking

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Is your job safe? You can read the writing on the wall if you know the right questions to ask. Plus, 10 signs your company may be downsizing soon.

Pfizer Goes On the Offensive

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Even before Peter Rost testified in favor of reimportation before a Senate committee, Pfizer SVP Chuck Hardwick had fired off this letter to Senate Committee Chairman Enzi, arguing that reimportation endangers the U.S. drug supply and the public.

RFID Gets a 'C' on Its Latest Report Card

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The latest reports by ARC, In-Stat and ABI give RFID a “C” (as in Costly) for the present, but an “A” for market potential.

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