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Square Plug in a Round Hole: Does this Scenario Exist in Pharmaceuticals?

4:31 AM MDT | August 25, 2010 | Girish Malhotra

A ‘square plug in a round hole’ is a statement about situations that do not fit in normal life but under the right circumstances we can live with them. If this happens in a manufacturing operation, common wisdom is that money is lost on such a product/process and it would not be commercialized. However, if it happens in an operation where the money can be recovered by passing the inefficiency costs to the customers, would anyone worry? Probably not! It would be worth exploring if such a scenario prevails in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.  ...

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