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Tablet sticking research

Research is being carried out by I Holland and the UK's University of Nottingham in an attempt to combat the problem of tablet sticking. The project, Tabletting Science Anti-stick Research, will use sticky excipients and APIs to analyse why one coating prevents sticking where another does not.

FDA lawsuit dismissed

A US court has denied AstraZeneca's request for a preliminary injunction against FDA. AstraZeneca filed the lawsuit in March with regards to the antipsychotic medicines Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) and Seroquel XR, seeking to prevent FDA from granting final marketing approval to a generic version of quetiapine until December 2012.

GSK's biopharma boost

GlaxoSmithKline will build a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the UK — the first in the country in almost forty years. In addition, the company will invest approximately 600 million at other facilities in the UK to increase production of key APIs. The investments are one of the largest commitments to the UK life-sciences sector in recent years.

Ben Venue's review results

The EMA has recommended that manufacturing processes for two anticancer medicines be transferred from Ben Venue Laboratories to alternative facilities. The decision follows GMP shortcomings identified at the US-based manufacturer in late 2011, and marks the end of the EMA's review of medicines produced at the site.


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