Policing The Pharma Supply Chain | September 6, 2010 Issue - Vol. 88 Issue 36 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 88 Issue 36 | pp. 32-33
Issue Date: September 6, 2010

Policing The Pharma Supply Chain

Drugmakers and regulators are struggling to secure a market that relies heavily on outsourcing
Department: Business | Collection: Economy
Keywords: active pharmaceutical ingredients, outsourcing, FDA, supply chain management

Two years after adulterated heparin produced in China killed 81 people in the U.S., Western drug companies, their ingredient suppliers, and regulatory agencies are aligning efforts against unsafe imports. Sources in all quarters agree that the heparin case heightened public awareness of a safety threat and provided a wake-up call to drugmakers, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and other regulators. But guarding the global pharmaceutical supply chain against contaminated or unsafe ingredients . . .

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