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European Pharmaceutical Contractor


European Pharmaceutical Contractor (EPC) is designed to fill a unique position in pharmaceutical publishing. Providing a dedicated platform of communication and information for the international pharmaceutical contract market, it consists of a series of articles and case studies written by eminent figures in contractor groups and traditional multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Each quarterly edition examines areas of importance – both economic and technical – to contract research organisations, contract manufacturers, regulatory controllers, consultants and analysts. This enables regulatory bodies to link directly with policy-makers both in major contractor groups and pharmaceutical companies, and thereby convey regulatory information directly from the governing bodies, but also ensure debate between the policy-makers and consultancy groups.


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Featured in this issue
The introduction
Editor’s Letter

Graham Hughes homes in on the theme of patient protection in this issue, and discusses the features that have a regional focus.
Regional Focus
Clinical Research: Turkey

Land of Opportunity

At the centre of an emerging region, Turkey boasts a supportive regulatory framework, a large number of sites and diverse patients, and a competive cost structure. Ömer Sadun Okyaltırık and Yamin Khan of Pharm-Olam report.

  Legal & Regulatory
Anti-Bribery and Corruption

Prevention is Better Than Cure

If adequate defences are not implemented to prevent bribery, a company can be charged despite having no prior knowledge of an offence. Therefore, as Catriona Munro of Maclay Murray & Spens LLP underlines, pharma must be seen to be doing everything it can to avert such incidents.

Edited by
Dr Graham Hughes,
Consultant in
Published quarterly in
March, June,
September and December
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