Tailor-made Product Attributes

Oct 1, 2014

Mark Riemer of SternMaid GmbH & Co.KG explores fluid-bed technology, a formative drying process enabling a specific influence on the physical properties of solid and liquid products and their possible applications. Fluid-bed technology opens up an enormous range of possibilities for optimising products – from better solubility, dust reduction, easier tabletting and fortification with vitamins to microencapsulation of active ingredients. Very gentle handling of the products and the diversity of the possible applications have made fluid-bed processing one of the most important formulation methods in the food and pharmaceutical industries. ...

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Thermal Packaging and Good Distribution Practice: A Natural Fit?

Oct 1, 2014

From the perspective of the thermal packager it has always been best to assume that whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and that however simple and user-proof the packaging, people will still find a way to do something bizarre with it. Katie Friday of Tower Cold Chain Solutions argues that the advent of the new guidelines is therefore to be welcomed, since they place a very considerable onus on all parties to comply with what are largely well-thought-out and sensible provisions. Beyond this, potentially, they spell an end to a period of significant frustration. ...

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Clinical Trial Logistics – Meeting the Needs of an Evolving Pharmaceutical Industry

Oct 1, 2014

The management of clinical trial distribution has changed very much as a result of changes in the wider pharmaceutical industry. Martin Lamb of Biotec Services International discusses how this service has developed, and drivers for some of the change. While the management of the clinical supply chain is a critical part of drug development, it can be viewed as a high-cost, low-value-adding component of drug development for a pharma company to take on single-handed. But external clinical supply specialists, by spreading this cost over multiple sponsors, have been able to invest in improving distribution models to provide a truly global ...

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Smart Pills for Oral Drug Delivery

Oct 1, 2014

It seems that there are smart products of one sort or another everywhere we look, with new devices and models constantly being introduced. A smart pill is an ingestible capsule with miniaturised micro-electronics and may be used in a wide range of applications from use as a smart tool in drug development to a key element in a smart connected care environment. Jeff Shimizu of Medimetrics explainsthat this emerging technology presents significant opportunity for the pharma industry to exploit modern digital innovations and take a lead position in the future of healthcare. ...

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Improving Study Design in Diabetes Drug Development using Predictive Analytics

Oct 1, 2014

Diabetes mellitus is a serious disease that arguably has reached global epidemic proportions. In their paper, Denise F. Messer, Claudia De Oliveira, Xiaoqiang Xue, Rick Turner and Erica Caveney of Quintiles scrutinisehow predictive analytics can facilitate more efficient study designs in development programmes for new antidiabetic drugs for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), with a brief recap of the essentials of the FDA and EMA guidelines and an account of how the drug development landscape has changed within the last decade or so. ...

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