Should we Leave it to Patients to Identify Counterfeit Medicines?

Apr 28, 2012

This is a very topical issue in both developing and industrialised countries, where commercial sites on the internet are increasingly used to buy consumer goods, including medicines - notably those not reimbursed by health insurance, and countless others issued without a prescription. The argument developed for leaving this responsibility to the patient alone is an acknowledgement that the whole distribution channel is corrupted, including the pharmacist and doctor, not to mention wholesalers or local manufacturers. Owing to this, we admit that having reliable intermediaries in such a crucial field as health is not possible and we "make do". Roland Meylan, ...

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The EU Directive Against Falsified Medicines and the Role of Security Labels

Apr 28, 2012

In 2001 the EU launched a first directive in order to harmonise and regulate the European Medicines Supply Chain. However, that directive (2001/83/EC), which has now been in effect for several years through legislation of the European member states, has turned out to be too weak to efficiently safeguard European citizens. Dr Marietta Ulrich-Horn PhD, Cofounder and Manager of Securikett, provides a detailed insight into globally growing problems with counterfeited, diverted, falsified and expired drugs that have entered the European scene. ...

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Decentral Automation at all Process Levels Intelligent Control Heads Enable Complete Decentral Automation of Hygienic Production Processes

Apr 28, 2012

In the food and beverage industry, and also in the production of medicines and cosmetics, excellent hygiene in processes and around the plant plays a key role. This is ensured by stringent legislative regulations. Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Kundel, Global Marketing/Segment Hygienic Processing at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems, discusses how in an increasingly competitive global environment, companies in this industry are at the same time forced to make their production processes as efficient and cost-effective as possible. ...

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Shedding Enhanced Light on Biological and Biomedical Systems

Apr 28, 2012

Iqbal T Shadi, from the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College, and Roy Goodacre, Professor of Biological Chemistry at The University of Manchester, explore why Raman spectroscopy is becoming an analytical tool employed in all areas of science, as shown by applications of both normal Raman and SERS (surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy). ...

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Safeguarding the Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Apr 28, 2012

Understanding the intricacy of the cold chain distribution process, and the potential stumbling-blocks associated with conducting clinical trials in emerging markets, will help bio-practitioners more successfully safeguard product quality and chain of custody while dealing with a continuous stream of arms-length exchanges between local representatives, officials and vendors. Dr Rüdiger Lomb, Global Director, Quality & Technical Compliance at World Courier, outlines two effective strategies for securing the “non-science-based” part of the pharmaceutical supply chain equation while reducing both costs and risk. ...

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