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Pharmaceuticals

8:52 AM MDT | September 24, 2010 | Alex Scott

Counterfeiting Drives Change Counterfeit medicines, such as rogue batches of the blood thinning drug Heparin sold in 2008, are known to have killed dozens of patients. In the absence of tough global regulation, leading pharmaceutical ingredients suppliers are introducing a new generation of quality-control systems and vendor qualification programs to combat the problem. Concern with the pharmaceutical supply chain is “the highest it has ever been,” says Guy Villax, head of Hovione (Loures, Portugal), and a board member of the European Fine Chemicals...

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