Month: May 2017

Could Compounding Pharmacists Solve the Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage?

Sodium bicarbonate is becoming increasingly difficult for emergency rooms to obtain, potentially creating problems since few alternatives are available. One of these alternatives, sodium acetate, is also facing a shortage. According to the ASHP, the current sodium bicarbonate shortage is due to AmphastarPharmaceuticals falling short due to increased demand and Pfizer facing manufacturing delays on glass syringe components. Amphastar …

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Anticancer Drug Attached to Nanoparticle Targets Tumors Without Damaging Tissue

Biosensor research from Kai Johnsson’s laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) gave way to the startup, LUCENTIX, which created a biosensor that enables patients to easily track drug concentrations in their blood without the need for complex lab systems. The biosensor is a molecule made up of three components: a protein that can …

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Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Compounded Products

Isomeric Pharmacy Solutions (“Isomeric”) is voluntarily recalling all lots of sterile products compounded and packaged by Isomeric and that remain within expiry to the hospital/user level because of the US Food and Drug Administration’s concerns of a lack of sterility assurance. These concerns were brought to Isomeric’s attention during a recent inspection by the US …

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The Impact Of Serialization Requirements On Packaging Operations

  A Q&A with Allison Gilpin, Business Unit Manager, Global Serialization, and  Ray Hook, Manager Global Serialization Services, PCI Pharma Services ABSTRACT The November 2017 deadline for including unique product identifiers on prescription drugs is putting a strain on multiple parts of the industry, much of which is ill-prepared to meet the target. Here, we …

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Restricted Access Barriers vs. Isolators: An Energy Consumption Comparison

  Instead of comparing barrier systems solely in terms of investment costs, energy consumption offers another insightful approach – especially as it is in line with the recent trend towards green pharmaceutical manufacturing. Depending on ambient conditions, regulatory- and production-related parameters and the respective air supply systems, the energy consumption of Restricted Access Barrier Systems …

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How To Optimize Your Stability Program At Each Phase Of Drug Development

  A drug stability program that is above reproach is critical to successfully navigating the complexities of drug development. A well-managed stability program with thoughtfully constructed protocols demonstrates your lab and quality systems are in control. It shows how stable your material is during development and can provide insight into which degradants are formed and …

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