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Industry Insight 
Industry Insight

PMPS Industry Advisor, Robert Harris, explores the constantly changing regulatory framework that the pharma industry must adapt to, and picks out a number of articles from this edition that address the implications of recent legislative introductions.
 
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Manufacturing
Drug Quality Assurance

Protection Beyond the Packaging


Many factors can jeopardise and destabilise the quality and constitution of medicine, including inclement weather and environmental moisture. But a new generation of disintegrants can help remove permeability concerns and safeguard a dry run for manufacturers, says Elizabeth Shen at Colorcon.

 
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Checkweighing Solutions

Better Safe than Sorry


Recent checkweighing developments are helping to satisfy demanding levels of manufacturing control in an increasingly competitive market, while also complying with weights and measures standards. Jana Meier at Mettler-Toledo emphasises the need to consistently deliver a perfect product.

 
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Integrity Control

A Watchful Eye

Gayla Velez
at SGS speaks about the demands of preserving the integrity of all pharmaceutical products during each stage of their lifecycle. She examines the various ways they can be compromised – such as leaching of properties or cross contamination – as well as the ways companies plan to tackle the problem.
 
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Component Manufacturing

Pharma Packaging to Go


Ready-to-use components are on the rise in the world of self-medication, but are pharma and manufacturers working together to get the best result? Miriam Beyer at West Pharmaceutical Services looks at current trends in this field.
 
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Medical Device Compliance

Surveillance Requirements


With safety being a vital issue in relation to medical devices, increased quality control measures are being instigated to ensure their ongoing upkeep. Parminder Kalle at Maetrics discusses the ways in which companies are learning from their mistakes in order to designate the correct procedures and guidelines.
 
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Cool Chain, Cargo & Logistics
Shipment Protection Methods

One Step at a Time


Temperature regulation in pharma transportation is becoming more stringently monitored, so where do you begin when choosing temperature-controlled cargo covers? Yves Le Minor at DuPont Protection Solutions gives us the low-down on keeping your deliveries safe from harm.

 
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Labelling 
Labelling Solutions

Crossing Borders


Correct labelling procedures in pharma are of paramount importance, with the consequences – and penalties – of mislabelling often severe. Günther Martin at Loftware states the importance of getting it right first time, and how new measures can be taken to make sure safety protocols are adhered to.
 
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STERILE MANUFACTURING
Sterilisation Methods

Peace of Mind


Although it is imperative that manufacturing machinery is kept clinically clean, choosing the correct method of sterilisation is pivotal in maintaining maximum operational function. Sue Springett at Teknomek considers the most suitable techniques, and argues for and against some of the choices.

 
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Previews
Event Preview

PPMA Total Show 2016


Following the results of the EU referendum, the UK manufacturing industry heads into the future with a different outlook. Speakers at the September event discuss the consequences of the decision, and the choices and challenges to be made and expected.
 
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Event Preview: CPhI Worldwide

Take Your Pick


This year’s conference takes place in October in Barcelona, Spain, and with approximately 2,500 exhibitors, it is the perfect platform to discover innovative pharma products and network with delegates and representatives in the field.
 
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REVIEW
Event Review

Flying the Flag for Pharma


Looking back at this year’s FlyPharma Conference – where many industry leaders converged to hear speakers discuss topical and pivotal issues surrounding the pharma and air cargo sectors – Editor of Airline Cargo Management, Helen Massy-Beresford, gives her assessment of the two-day event.
 
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the end of the line
End of the Line

Brexit: What Now for Pharma?


What effect will Brexit have on the pharmaceutical sector, now that the UK has voted to leave the EU? Robert Harris analyses the impact post-referendum, and the thought process behind taking a more cautious approach – both financially and creatively – until the dust settles.
 
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NUTRACEUTICALS
Nutraceuticals in Focus

The Long Arm of the Regulator


Public spending on health, wellbeing and supplements has never been higher, but when it comes to nutraceuticals – food substances with added medicinal, as well as nutritional, benefits – officials find themselves in an ethical grey area. Peter Muller at Schlafender Hase opines on the difficulties regulators may face.
 
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ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION
Manufacturing Efficiency

Reliable Robotics


Robots are already proving more than their worth in fields such as food and drink, but can they be utilised in the escalating pharma market? Mike Wilson at ABB Robotics discusses how the need to minimise human error and diminish contamination can pave the way for an increase in automated processes.

 
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Intelligent Automation

One Step at a Time


New guidelines set out by the FDA have highlighted the need for more rigorous protection of data. But howdoes the Agency introduce new software and enforce optimal practices, while ensuring these do not have an adverse effect on business? Martyn Williams at COPA-DATA UK summarises the situation.

 
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Parenteral Technology Supplement
Event Preview

Eye of the Needle

The 2016 PDA Universe of Pre-filled Syringes and Injection Devices rolls into Huntington Beach, California, where speakers will address matters including materials, devices and safety, as well as how to successfully adhere to official regulatory bodies when products are launched.

 
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Large Volume Devices

Flexible Containers


Weibel CDS AG’s Ludwig Weibel and Hans Peter Manser reveal how patients’ ability to selfmedicate could ease the burden on healthcare experts, and allow greater independence to users. They look at the innovation behind large volume devices – cost-effective syringes that offer an easier means of drug dispensation.

 
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Needle Technology

Improving Injectability

The research and development of prefilled syringes has seen revolutionary ideas come to prominence to provide a means of comfort for sufferers. With tapered needles leading the way, William Dierick at Terumo elucidates how he hopes the previously prickly subject can now be viewed in a less taboo light.

 
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Advertorial

Satisfaction Guaranteed


Automated assembly leaders, Mikron Automation, describe their integrated manufacturing processes and elaborate on five of their unique selling points – comprising areas of production and personnel – that are tailored specifically for the pharma and medical industries.
 
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Q&A: Injectables Marketplace

Encouraging Medication Adherence


PMPS interviews Brigitte Reutter-Haerle of Vetter to discover the challenges facing the injectables market, future methods of tackling counterfeit medicine and the firm’s plans to continue making ‘patient fear’ a less stressful affair.

 
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Spotlight

Safe’n’Sound® – A Customisable Platform of Passive Safety Devices for Pre-filled Syringes


Drug delivery solutions company, Nemera, gives us an insight into its newest release – add-on, user-friendly safety devices for prefilled syringes that can help protect users from risks such as needlestick injuries.

 
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Edited by
Robert Harris
Chief Technical Officer at Juniper Pharma Services
Published quarterly in
February, May,
August and November

News and Press Releases

Healthera Launches Digital Health Management Platform

Digital health management company announces the launch of its Health Management App
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White Papers

Case Study: Precision Pen Injector™

SHL Group

The Precision Pen Injector (PPI™) is an injector originally designed to deliver small yet highly precise doses of Restylane® Skinbooster™, a treatment produced by Swedish biomedical firm Q-Med AB (now Galderma) for revitalizing the skin. This innovative device received praises from doctors and clinicians alike for its ease-of-use and compact design at the 2009 IMCAS (International Master Course on Aging Skin), where the product was first officially launched. Furthermore, the PPI™ was recognized with the prestigious red dot design award for product design.
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Industry Events

Temperature Controlled Logistics 2018

29 January - 1 February 2018, Twickenham Stadium, London

Each January for the past 16 years, more than 400 senior supply chain, logistics, storage, regulation and quality experts from the pharmaceutical industry have gathered at the TCL Forum for the largest, longest running and most comprehensive cold chain and ambient logistics conference in Europe.
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