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Archive for December, 2008

Could the New Year Ring in with New Counterfeits?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

CFC-propelled albuterol inhalers won't be available after December 31. So after I ring in the New Year, I may just hop on the Internet to see whether they are still for sale. For research purposes only! I would NEVER buy them illegally, of course, despite the challenges of using HFA albuterol. ...

A Back Seat For Supply Chain Security?

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Major developments are afoot in package coding and track and trace regulation, that prompt the question: Is supply chain security taking a back seat to efficiency? Parties of interest have collaborated on a revision of the closely-watched Buyer- Matheson bill (H.R. 5839), that preempts state’s requirements for e-pedigree documentation of supply ...

Who Should Be in the Driver’s Seat When Issuing Drug Warnings?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Lorazepam has been shown to depress the central nervous system when used with alcohol, sedatives, antidepressants, narcotic analgesics, anesthetics, and a few other drugs, claims Drugs.com. And yet the leaflet dispensed with my relative's recent prescription reported none of this. The bottle did bear stickers that the drug "may cause ...

Serialization in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

A uniform drug coding system has been introduced abroad. The Saudi Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) has created a uniform drug coding system set to be enacted in January 2009. A draft of the resolution outlines the details to be included in the 14-digit code. The National Drug Code (NDC) will ...

Delta Battery Ban Sparks Industry Brush Fire

Monday, December 8th, 2008

  Delta Cargo it seems has slipped up on the side of caution. The airline said on Nov 25 it cannot accept cargo with attached devices powered by lithium batteries, those same batteries that are used in most data loggers for monitoring temperature sensitive shipments. Delta reportedly made a conservative interpretation of somewhat ...

Sigh of Relief

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Recent research into heparin delivery methods could produce accurate dosing. In light of administration errors with this drug, the latest findings on dry powder inhaler (DPI) technology for heparin could let everyone breathe a little easier. At the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting in November, researchers at Texas Tech ...

Shrimp: They Might Be Giants

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

OK, maybe not exactly giants. But a pilot study on the use of third parties to inspect aquacultured shrimp may have a monumental effect on how FDA utilizes third parties in the drug supply chain. FDA's Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., associate commissioner for policy and planning, indicated at the RFID Track and ...