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b-TOCFN_1-9_Masters 1/2/14 11:10 AM Page 8 8 January 2014 Tablets & Capsules SCREEN BULK PHARMACEUTICALS AND NUTRACEUTICALS 5 SPECIALIZED WAYS SMALL BATCH QUICK-CLEAN SIFTERS industry news DISASSEMBLE RAPIDLY, AND SANITIZE MANUALLY OR IN AN AUTOCLAVE China detains 1,300 suspects involved in counterfeiting drugs PORTABLE BATCH SIFTERS BEIJING, China—Chinese police rounded up more than 1,300 people suspected of producing and selling counterfeit drug products. Authorities seized fake medications and 9 metric tons of raw materials worth more than $362 million, according to the state news agency. Police have also shut down 140 illegal websites and online pharmacies in 29 provinces and major cities since June 2013. SCALP MATERIAL LOADED INTO PROCESS EQUIPMENT, CONTAINERS OR VESSELS C.I.P/S.I.P. VIBRATORY SCREENERS SCALP OR DEDUST, THEN CLEAN OR STEAMINPLACE, OR DISASSEMBLE IN MINUTES Track-and-trace legislation becomes law BATCH OR INLINE CENTRIFUGAL SCREENERS WASHINGTON, DC—President Barack Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act into law in November. It outlines the framework of a national track-and-trace system to secure the pharmaceutical supply chain and minimize contamination, adulteration, diversion, and/or counterfeiting. Its stipulations will be phased in over the next 10 years, ultimately requiring unique product identifiers (e.g., bar codes) on individual packages. It also requires logging product and transaction information at each sale with lot-level information in paper or electronic format. SLIDE INTERNALS FREELY FROM THE DISCHARGE END OF CANTILEVERED SHAFT FOR SANITIZING BAG DUMP VIBRATORY SCREENERS REMOVE BAG SCRAPS AND OTHER OVER SIZE MATERIALS DUSTFREE • • • • • • • • • Contamination-free Sealed, dust-tight systems Crevice-free designs Highest sanitary standards Virtually zero residual Fast, thorough wash down Capacities from grams to tons/h Batch or continuous Standard and highly custom designs USA CAN UK The 60-page report, available for $4,595, examines the factors that will enlarge or diminish the market and provides detailed analysis of current prices, properties, future price trends, and global market share of the various raw materials. Covidien to acquire Given Imaging +1 973 467 8140 +1 514 667 6777 +44 (0)1782 597540 BB-1243 DUBLIN, UK—Covidien agreed to acquire Israel-based Given Imaging for approximately $860 million. Given's flagship device, PillCam, is a capsule that patients swallow to give physicians digital images of the gastrointestinal tract. Its use in visualizing the in vivo behavior of solid dosage forms was described in an article that appeared in the October 2012 issue of Tablets & Capsules. NSF acquires Brazilian lab facility ANN ARBOR, MI—NSF International acquired Bioensaios Analysis and Environmental Consulting Laboratory, Porto Alegre, Brazil, which offers studies and testing services, including ecotoxicity assays. Services include development and validation of analytical methods for drug products. NSF develops standards and certifies products for the food, water, and pharmaceutical industries. PhRMA seeks FDA security audit after cyber breach SILVER SPRING, MD—Rep resentatives of the pharmaceutical industry trade group PhRMA are urging the US Food and Drug Administration to undergo an independent security audit after hackers broke into a computer network used by healthcare companies to submit information to the agency. Drug makers are concerned that cyber thieves may have accessed trade secrets on file, such as data about product manufacturing, clinical trials, marketing plans, and other proprietary information. Briefly noted… The FDA approved Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) 400milligram tablets to treat chronic hepatitis C. It works faster than standard therapies—12 to 24 weeks instead of 48 weeks—and has a significantly higher cure rate. It also eliminates weekly interferon injections, which can cause unpleasant side effects. Zogenix received approval for Zohydro ER, the first extended-relief formulation of the narcotic analgesic hydrocodone that does not contain acetaminophen. The capsule formulation is taken every 12 hours. The FDA approved the first generic versions of Eli Lily's antidepressant medication Cymbalta (duloxetine). It is available in hard gelatin capsules in various dosage strengths from Aurobindo Pharma, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Lupin, Sun Pharma, Teva USA, and Torrent Pharmaceuticals.

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