Issue 25

Scientists have developed statistical models to predict which drug is best for a patient based on a person’s DNA. In the latest issue of Pharma Technology Focus we find out how this method could help doctors tailor treatments to the individual needs of specific patients.

We also explore breakthroughs in malaria research and catch up with a campaign to eliminate river blindness in Africa and Latin America after the Colombian Government declared that it had eradicated the disease.

Moreover, we investigate how changes to GMP guidelines in Europe will affect contract manufacturers and their customers, look at the challenges the cold chain process faces in emerging markets and take a look at upcoming US and EU regulations which are expected to usher in a new era of manufacturing and distribution compliance in the battle against counterfeits.

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The personal touch
Personalised medicine is one of the biggest advancements for decades, but the revolution is only just beginning. Pharma Technology Focus finds out more from Dr James Broach of Penn State University’s Institute of Personalised Medicines.
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Eliminating malaria
On one side of the war zone malaria continues to adapt, while on the other side research is intensifying as scientists work tirelessly towards the goal of total elimination.
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Victory against river blindness
The Colombian government recently announced that it had eradicated onchocerciasis, known as river blindness. We look at how the country has achieved this and what can be done elsewhere.
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Change is the only constant
Recent changes to GMP guidelines across Europe have implications for contract manufacturing organisations and their customers. Pharma Technology Focus learns more from Kim Steffensen of Novo Nordisk.
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Coming in from the cold
The cold chain faces many challenges, and where infrastructure is less established, these become harder to overcome. We talk to Allergan‘s Henryk Junker about managing the process in emerging markets.
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Track and trace
EU and US regulators are initiating a new era of compliance to improve safety and fight counterfeit drugs. We ask if it is a valuable new standard or an unnecessary burden.
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Next issue

Bioelectric medicine could become a reality sooner than expected, thanks to an ambitious plan launched by GSK. We find out how nano-scale devices could harness the electrical language of the human body and explore the technology’s future potential.

We also find out how the DNA patent law will affect pharmaceutical research, ask how new regulations for elemental impurity analysis will affect the industry, and investigate the often controversial decision-making process behind the approval or rejection of cancer treatments in the UK.

Moreover, we explore the ethics of advertising drugs directly to the consumer in the light of a recent study which found a large number of pharmaceutical advertisements to contain potentially misleading claims.

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