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Report from: India

January 2, 2008

Pharmaceutical Technology

The $6.3 billion Indian pharmaceutical industry is at a crossroad. Aiming to be the international home for quality drugs, which could in itself propel India's market to $20 billion by 2015 according to recent estimates, the generic hothouse is clearly moving beyond its earlier low-cost mindset.

In the Field

January 2, 2008
Pharmaceutical Technology

News, world briefs, facility roundup, events and other items for January 2008.

In the Field

December 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology

Congress Focuses on FDA Inspections of Foreign Drug Facilities; Medical Students Oppose Big Pharma's Influence on Campus; FDA Revises Postmarketing Reporting Requirements

In the Field

November 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology

The US Food and Drug Administration launched a new program on Oct. 4 to increase the number and variety of generic drugs available to the public, beginning in fiscal year 2008. The Generic Initiative for Value and Efficiency (GIVE) will use existing resources to help the agency "modernize and streamline the generic drug approval process," according to FDA.

In the Field

October 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology

The United States House of Representatives passed its version of the Patent Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1908) in September in a 220-175 vote. Although the bill aims to fix current flaws in the US patent system and to bring it in line with those of other countries' systems, the biopharmaceutical industry is largely unhappy with the news, arguing that it will reduce patent protection.

In The Field

September 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology

US and China Crack Down on Regulation after SFDA Chief Executed; Xcellerex Receives US Grant for Biopharmaceutical Production; New FDA Guidance on Polymorphic Compounds in Generic Drugs; Comment Periods Open for ICH Q10 and Biologics Guidelines

In The Field

August 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology

Washington, DC (June 25)—More than five million US adults import prescription drugs from other countries, two million of them without an official prescription, according to a survey conducted by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Concerned about the number of counterfeit drugs entering the US, PhRMA launched the survey to determine who was importing prescription drugs and why.

In The Field

July 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology

Trenton, NJ (May 18)—Pharmaceutical and medical technology companies in New Jersey have found a striking disparity between six high-demand occupations and the number of qualified workers to fill those positions, according to a report issued by the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ). Modest job growth in this field is expected for the next four years, states the report.

In The Field

June 2, 2007
Pharmaceutical Technology

Boston, MA (May 8)—The global biotechnology industry showed several positive signs in 2006, including increases in overall revenues and financing, although the industry as a whole continues to operate at a loss, according to Ernst & Young's (New York, NY, www.ey.com) annual analysis of the biotechnology industry. Its report, "Beyond Borders 2007," was issued at the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO, www.bio.org) annual conference and exhibition, which was held in Boston May 6–9.

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