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Industry Insight 
Industry Insight

Graham Hughes provides some observations on the articles in this issue

 
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Manufacturing
Robotics

A Welcome Rebellion

The advance of robotics in manufacturing and packaging is well documented, but the energy efficiency of the latest systems adds a further entry to a steadily growing list of benefits, as Nigel Smith of TM Robotics (Europe) Ltd explains.
 
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Supply Chain Optimisation

Competitive Advantage

Andrew Partis and James Wright at PA Consulting Group highlight the importance of an integrated supply chain, drawing attention to legacy arrangements that can affect otherwise streamlined business performance.
 
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Cleanroom Technology

Inside the Box

In the second instalment of a two-part article, Tim Sandle at Bio Product Laboratories, UK and Madhu Raju Saghee at Gland Pharma, India focus more closely on the inner workings of the cleanroom, including personnel gowning and environmental control.
 
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Pharmaceutical Climate Control

Great Atmosphere

Marc Diaz at Panasonic discusses the benefits of variant refrigeration flow systems in pharmaceutical warehousing, especially when taking into account the requirements of high-value and potent products.
 
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Cool Chain, Cargo & Logistics
Supply Chain Visibility

Clear Observation

Jonathan Blamey at DHL Supply Chain gives the lowdown on supply chain visibility tools for the clinical supply chain, which promise to offer greater reliability, and looks at what should be done to improve the levels of uptake in the industry.
 
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Logistics: Emerging Markets

New World Order

A poor global economy notwithstanding, emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil are seeing growth in pharmaceutical logistics. Cathy Roberson at Transport Intelligence Ltd looks at the causes of this improvement and how transportation providers are achieving success.
 
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Supply Chain: Product Protection

Chain Challenge: Part 1 of 2

A lack of understanding of the risks inherent in the pharmaceutical supply chain often leads to loss of product. Bob Hayes at Cold Chain Consultants (UK) Ltd outlines the best approach.
 
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Drug Delivery 
Drug Delivery Systems: Oral Thin Films

Mission Dissolvable

With dissolvable oral thin films already established as an effective route for controlled release of drugs, Scott D Barnhart at ARx, LLC investigates the optimum location for transmucosal delivery, with buccal application as a clear frontrunner.
 
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Pressured Metered-Dose Inhalers

Under Pressure, but Delivering

Gerallt Williams at Aptar Pharma examines the rise of pMDIs as an essential tool in inhaled drug delivery, and presents future directions for the technology, including progress in ‘smart’ technology.
 
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Packaging, Packing & Anti-Counterfeiting
Plastic Packaging

Success from Failure

The selection of the most suitable plastic material for primary packaging production requires the manufacturer to assess a range of parameters, including failure levels. Michael Lock at Smithers Rapra provides a blueprint for manufacturers to follow.
 
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Anti-Counterfeiting

Debate Reignited

As extensive illegal shipments of the cancer drug Avastin come to light in the US, Adam M Dion at GlobalData asks whether authorities could be doing more to prevent counterfeit drugs from circulation, and whether adoption of the unit-level systems used in Europe might provide a solution.
 
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Sustainable Packaging Initiatives

Environmental Value Creation

Torbjörn Brorson at Lund University, Sweden draws attention to the new ISO 14045 eco-efficency standard, which promises to create value for manufacturers and packaging producers through reducing the environmental impact of products.
 
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Primary Packaging

Sum of the Parts

Sascha Karhöfer
at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc draws attention to quality by design in primary packaging development, and picks out material formulations that can add value to a new product, both in terms of cost and user safety
 
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Formulations, Ingredients and Excipients
Compound Handling

Contained Solutions

Michael Avraam at ChargePoint Technology considers the difficulties of potent compound containment, and provides a breakdown of the techniques and technologies that can assist the manufacturer.
 
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Lyophilisation: Industry Interview


Dry State

Cytotoxic drugs are on the rise, but have a particular set of formulation requirements, and it is essential that handlers have the right level of expertise to avoid cross contamination. PMPS talks to Kevin Ward at BTL, who highlights best practice.
 
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Excipients

Safe Formula

The EXCiPACT initiative for safe, effective excipient processing provides a level playing field for excipient producers and product manufacturers, as Ian McKeown at PQ Silicas explains.
 
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Powder Processing

Small is Beautiful

Size reduction is an essential stage in powder formulation, and high accuracy feeding for the milling and micronisation of powders is an important step in achieving correct particle sizing, as Sharon Nowak at K-Tron points out.
 
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MANUFACTURING
Aseptic Filling

Critical Thinking

Andrew W Goll at Weiler Engineering, Inc provides observations on the critical processes of aseptic blow-fill-seal operations
 
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Previews
Event Preview: P-MEC/Innopack

Heading for Madrid

The major shows return on 9th-11th October as part of CPhI Worldwide, bringing new ideas and networks to the market.
 
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Chief Technical Officer at Juniper Pharma Services
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