Roche’s Pegasys receives EU approval

Roche’s Pegasys receives EU approval for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in children five years of age and olderRoche announced on 18 March that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has expanded the approval of Pegasys (peginterferon alfa-2a) plus ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV). The new label includes children and adolescents five years of age and older, who have not received treatment and who have tested positive for the virus. Pegasys in combination with the antiviral ribavirin is the foundation of treatment for chronic HCV in adults. The medicine was first approved in the European Union over ten years ago.

Practical considerations for thermoformed films in blister package design

Practical considerations for thermoformed filmsMany industries, such as those in the areas of consumer products and pharmaceuticals, rely on thermoformed films as one of the main components in blister packages. These industries, like many others, through the application of theory and the course of experience, commonly develop very useful tricks of the trade and rules of thumb in order make the best use of the available technologies; efficiently convert materials; and achieve a set of desired attributes in the product they make.

Leading Roche’s growth

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Further to our earlier article on Roche’s strong 2012 results, we take a more in depth look at the products and units that played a role in Roche’s performance over the past year.

Bosch presents highlights from processing, inspection and isolator technology

Compact laboratory devices in modular designAt TechnoPharm 2013 in Nuremberg, Germany, Bosch Packaging Technology presented highlights from its comprehensive pharmaceutical portfolio. The laboratory devices Solidlab 1 and 2, the Manesty tablet press Xpress 100, and the smallest high-shear mixer granulator Hüttlin Mycromix represented the process technology section. Novelties in inspection technology included the KKX 3900 inspection unit for filled capsules and the table-top device ETAC Easy View for visual inspection of containers filled with liquid pharmaceuticals. Bosch’s trade show appearance was rounded out by the Fast Air Lock ISS 1000 for quick transfer of pharmaceutical equipment into and out of isolators.

Pharma Dynamics steals lead in cardiovascular drug market

CVSPharma Dynamics, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in South Africa has emerged the leading player in the private-sector cardiovascular (CVS) medicine market, taking 11.4 per cent market share in the previous quarter.

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