Category Archives: Manufacturing

The Little Orphan That Could: How Alexion is Going Global

Since the initial FDA approval of its flagship orphan drug Soliris in 2007, Alexion Pharmaceuticals has done well for itself as a small biotech firm that focuses on ultra-rare disease. So well in fact, that instead of partnering, the company has taken global expansion into its own hands. Apart from a pipeline that includes asfotase […]
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Congress Clarifies Drug Compounding, Tracking Policies

Public outrage over deaths from contaminated injectables produced by large compounding pharmacies, along with rising concerns about counterfeit and unauthorized drugs entering the U.S. market, managed to lift the stalemate on Capitol Hill long enough to generate agreement on reform legislation. After months of public hearings and negotiations, Democrat and Republican leaders of the House […]
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FDA, CDER Weigh Organizational Changes

FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg has formed a top-level working group to propose strategies for enhancing agency functions and processes, starting with the relationship between FDA Centers and its field force. The Program Alignment Group (PAG), announced Sept. 6, 2013, will seek to clarify the roles and responsibilities of product centers and the Office of Regulatory […]
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FDA Issues Warning Letter to Novartis's Austrian Plant

FDA has issued a Warning Letter to Novartis for cGMP violations at its manufacturing facility for finished pharmaceuticals in Unterach, Austria. The site became part of Sandoz and Novartis through the acquisition of EBEWE Pharma in 2009. The Warning Letter was issued based on an inspection of the facility from Oct. 15–23, 2012 at which […]
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The Patent Black Label: Six Side-Effects of India's Novartis Glivec Ruling

Monday’s decision by India’s Supreme Court to deny a patent for the top-selling oncologic drug Glivec took nearly a decade of litigation to resolve – but the implications in and beyond India are both immediate and lasting.  Here’s a list of six that Pharm Exec thinks are most important:
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