November 2010

FDA: Generic transdermal patches should be tested in divergent climates

Monday, November 22, 2010

A patch that delivers medicine transdermally may act very differently on a resident of Fargo, N.D., than on someone in South Florida. Thus, the amount of medicine that enters their bloodstreams may be different. That’s the assertion of the FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs, and that’s why the regulatory body now asks that drug developers working on transdermal patches—at least in the generics realm—test their patches in multiple divergent climates.

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Pharma Layoffs Drop to 1,929 in October

Friday, November 5, 2010

After spiking to 6,069 job cuts in September, layoffs in the pharmaceutical industry dropped to 1,900 in October, according to a report in FiercePharma from consultancy Challenger, Gray and Christmas. The industry ranks 7th in total job cuts this month; for most of the year, it’s been one of the top five job-cutting industries. But with 45,263 cuts reported so far in 2010, pharma remains the second-highest job-cutting sector. Overall, the pace of job cutting is down 62 percent from a year ago, with employers announcing 449,258 job cuts year to date, compared to 1,192,587 over the same period in 2009.

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