Issue Date: June 8, 2009
SAFC, Cherokee Sign Distribution Pact
SAFC, the fine chemicals division of Sigma-Aldrich, has formed an exclusive distribution partnership with Cherokee Pharmaceuticals under which Cherokee will provide analysis, testing, and warehousing of pharmaceutical ingredients in Riverside, Pa., under current Good Manufacturing Practice-certified conditions. SAFC will be responsible for sourcing products, including reagents and excipients. The partnership does not entail active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing at the Cherokee plant, formerly a Merck & Co. facility, but may in the future, according to Luis Tovar, vice president of distribution for Cherokee. Owned by PRWT Services, Cherokee calls itself the only minority-owned contract producer of APIs.
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