Analytical Laboratories

Oct 23, 2013

Analytical laboratories, whether on-site or off-site, perform qualitative and quantitative analysis on samples, testing and packaging each drug.These labs are required to meet high levels of governmental approvals and copious amounts of testing, as the determination of the safety of a drug lies with the company. Tim Roberts at Packaging Coordinators Inc explains alongside this challenge, the financial and time constraints facing these companies has created a strong need for solution that can eradicate all of these issues at once. ...

Read More

Proactive Pharmacovigilance- A New Model for the 21st Century

Oct 23, 2013

The discipline of pharmacovigilance (PV) largely originated in reaction to public health disasters caused by medications. Sidney Kahn at Sciformix Corporation looks into the approaches for detecting significant, previously unrecognized hazards of medications after their introduction into clinical use, and how this has been principally based on collecting anecdotal reports of suspected adverse drug reactions. ...

Read More

Medicines Online: The Control of a New Channel

Oct 17, 2013

Internet pharmacies provide consumers with the ability to purchase prescription drugs online. There are thousands of internet pharmacies, yet only 16 have been accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Marga Romo at Nekicesa looks into how many unaccredited internet pharmacies entice unsuspecting consumers with deep discounts on medications. ...

Read More

Packed with Innovation

Oct 17, 2013

Pharmaceutical packaging has many functions to perform, including information conveyance, aiding patient compliance, and product protection. Increasingly, however, the value of packaging in brand identification and protection via anti-counterfeiting technologies is being realised. The application of new techniques and technologies could aid this functionality and also enhance the consumer experience and empathy with a brand. Carol Hammond at Chesapeake looks into how the consumer will interact with packaging in the near future. ...

Read More

Turning Your Smartphone into an Authentication Device

Oct 17, 2013

Counterfeit drug incidents continue to increase, predominantly in developing countries, but also developed ones, as the recent counterfeit cancer drug cases attest. Fred Jordan and Jennifer Yribar at AlpVision look into a new forecast from the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker that expects “…2013 will mark the first year that smartphone shipments surpass those of future phones”. ...

Read More