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HHS agencies look to build on COVID-19 experience by developing quicker public/private responses to pandemics and supply chain threats.
Pharmaceutical companies are ratcheting up voluntary efforts to control discharges of antimicrobials from their plants and those of their active pharmaceutical ingredient suppliers so they won’t contribute to antimicrobial resistance. But will it be enough to fend off regulation in countries like India?
Aside from a few high-profile exceptions, the biopharma industry supply chain has remained secure and resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic, outperforming retail and consumer goods. Chip Davis, Jr., head of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, spoke with In Vivo about the need for a long-term industrial policy for drug manufacturing, real-time data-sharing and transparency in the supply chain, and minimizing disruptions.
Prescription psychedelic drugs in development, and supply for the growing recreational and medicinal use markets globally, are creating new business opportunities in mental health.
As the COVID-19 crisis recedes, industry leaders are placing a renewed emphasis on environmental sustainability, from API manufacturing and raw material sourcing to package inserts. As NHS England chair Lord Prior said at BIO Digital, “Climate change is going to make COVID look like a picnic in the park.”
Senior McKinsey executive shares insights on the potential contours of pharma’s 'reimagined' operations against the backdrop of COVID-19 and striking a balance between supply chain security and the cost component. A dramatic near-term shift to a “completely onshore model” in markets like the US would not realistically be possible, he indicated.
After 45 years as a domestic Japanese biopharmaceutical company, JCR Pharmaceuticals is expanding into global markets. The company is betting that its manufacturing strength – which helped land a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing deal with AstraZeneca – and blood-brain barrier crossing J-Brain Cargo technology will lead to success in Western markets.
The number of gene therapies in development continues to rise, as trial sponsors widen the scope of addressable conditions, beyond ultra-rare diseases. Will manufacturing capacity – and payer budgets – be able to keep up?
Manufacturing and supply chain resilience ensured that BTG Specialty Pharma met its sales target in the COVID-affected 2020. Its president, Anthony Higham, explained how this was possible while the company busily ̶ and quietly – sought new ownership, and all under the shadow of Brexit.
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