What’s the Buzz on Pharmaceutical Packaging?

Apr 28, 2012

Gonçalo Poças, the Marketing Manager at Neutroplast and the Director of Neutrodevices, explains that an important – if not essential – part of any pharmaceutical product is its packaging. Nevertheless, it has almost always been seen as an outsourcing need, due to its distance from the core business of pharmaceutical companies. This is ever more present if one takes into consideration that in the development of a new drug, the production of the drug itself, regulatory concerns and its marketing and commercialisation, there are already many physical infrastructures, human resources and other investment involved, which in turn form very heavy ...

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In-Line QC – The Key to ‘Zero Fault’ Pharma Packaging Production

Apr 28, 2012

Until five or ten years ago, companies supplying packaging to the pharmaceutical industry delivered their cartons several days or weeks before they were needed. The cartons went into the stores at the packing and filling plant, where white-coated quality control (QC) people would descend on the job to check that they met with the brand specifications. But this all changed with the arrival of leaner than lean, just-in-time manufacturing. Nowadays the same packaging is delivered not to a warehouse but straight to the filling line itself, and not days or weeks in advance but instead when it is actually needed, ...

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Recent Trends in Manufacturing Deals and Alliances

Apr 28, 2012

Outsourced manufacturing has long been a key component of the pharmaceutical industry, whether it is to overcome internal capacity issues or exploit external expertise and cost advantages. Steve Poile of Wildwood Ventures Ltd explains that in recent years, the trend towards outsourcing manufacturing to India and China has increased, enabling significant cost savings. However, manufacturing is often just a component of a wider deal where the product or technology is being developed, and future manufacture for clinical or commercial use is anticipated within the agreement. ...

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It’s a Risky Business

Apr 28, 2012

Sue Lee of World Courier (UK) Ltd examines the issues of risk. Risk is a part of life, and will never go away, as we might tell the small child finding out what happens if he sticks his fingers into the electric socket. However, we should remember that if companies decided to take no risks at all then the world of commerce would grind to a halt. It is possible to circumvent almost anything if you are prepared to spend a great deal of money on shipping, chartering flights, driving to the other side of Europe, using hand-carriers and flying ...

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