Category Archives: Safety

Adaptive Licensing: The Start of a Slow Revolution in Europe

By Peter O’ Donnell. So at last it’s happened. Adaptive licensing has leapt from the pages of learned journals into the real world of European regulation. Is this the beginning of the end of binary decision-making on the merits of a new medicine? Has a half-century of the “yes/no” authorization process peaked, to be replaced […]
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Casing Cancer: ASCO Launches New Series on State of the Disease

Despite its importance as a vital indicator of overall population health status, cancer suffers from an information deficit – particularly when considered from a global perspective. The American Society of Clinical Oncology [ASCO], the lead professional group in this space, is now working to rectify at least part of the gap with the launch of […]
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Track-and-Trace Not Enough to Halt Drug Counterfeiters

Despite recent legislation to establish a more secure pharmaceutical supply chain to deliver high quality, approved medicines to American patients, efforts to block the import of substandard, fraudulent, and counterfeit drugs remains an uphill fight. Criminals are expanding from “lifestyle” drugs to widely used anti-cholesterol and cancer medicines, attracted by huge profits and low risks […]
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Ranbaxy Suspends Shipments, Addresses Quality and Integrity Problems

Following the U.S. ban on all imports from Ranbaxy’s Toansa, India, facility, the drug maker has voluntarily suspended all shipments of bulk drugs from its manufacturing facilities both at Toansa and Dewas, in order to reassess quality controls at the plants.
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Drug Shortages Continue to Plague Health Care System

Despite notable successes in preventing and mitigating short supplies of important medicines, the drug shortage crisis still disrupts medical treatment and gives drug manufacturers a bad name. The Food and Drug Administration is doing a better job of identifying potential shortage situations and implementing relief strategies, but many supply problems continue to limit treatment options […]
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