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Pharmaceutical Technology's Equipment and Machinery Trends Survey
The pharmaceutical industry plans moderate increases in spending for equipment and machinery in 2008. Investments include equipment for solid-dosage manufacturing, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and parenteral manufacturing.

Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 3, Issue 32

Impact factors for 2008 spending

As in 2007, compliance with good manufacturing practices will most influence purchasing decisions in 2008; 58% report this as a high-impact factor for planned spending for 2008. About 37.9% of respondents ranked expansion of manufacturing facilities as a high-impact factor. Nearly 30% ranked adding enhancements, upgrades, and/or technology as a high-impact factor.

As in 2007, QbD and the PAT initiatives are not strong influences on planned spending for 2008. Roughly half (49.4%) of respondents said QbD had either no impact or little impact on their planned purchases for 2008. Even more respondents (58.1%) say that PAT will have little or no impact.

Regional spending

For 2008, there was virtually no change in regional spending habits. Seventy-four percent of respondents plan to spend in the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada, and 14% in Western Europe. In 2007, 75% spent in the US and Canada, and 16% in Western Europe.


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