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Supply Chain

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Law enforcement makes another illegal pharma supply chain bust; 2nd in U.S. in 8 days

For the second time in 8 days, law enforcement authorities have charged people with buying drugs illegally and reintroducing them into the legitimate supply chain.

33 indicted for selling BMS' Abilify, Novartis' Gleevec in massive diversion scheme

Federal authorities have rounded up nearly three dozen people indicted in a far-ranging scheme in which they allegedly sold $200 million worth of diverted drugs that included blockbusters like Bristol-Myers Squibb's antipsychotic Abilify, Gilead Sciences' HIV med Truvada and Novartis' cancer drug Gleevec.

GSK licks Nicorette manufacturing problems; 'Minis' are back

It has taken more than a year to get its manufacturing problems, and lozenges, back into shape and shipped, but GlaxoSmithKline says some Nicorette Lozenges are back on retailer shelves. That is particularly good news for those former smokers who have substituted a Nicorette habit for a smoking one.

Mylan recalls injected cancer meds made for Pfizer

Mylan may be fending off an unsolicited $40 billion buyout offer from competitor Teva even as it is being rebuffed for making its own $31 billion bid for Perrigo, but it still has to take care of business as usual. Right now that includes having to recall 8 lots of injectable cancer drugs, most of it manufactured for Pfizer, after particulate was discovered in vials.

Counterfeit Botox again found in the U.S.

More counterfeit Botox has made its way into the U.S. and, the FDA thinks, into physician offices. The agency is warning providers that they need to make sure they don't have any of it because it is believed to be unsafe.

FDA stepping up efforts to replenish U.S. saline solution supplies

The FDA said it's stepping up its efforts to address the shortage of saline solution for humans and animals by increasing the importation of intravenous fluids from producers not previously approved by the regulatory agency.

Walgreens CEO hints at another supply chain deal

Walgreens Boots Alliance has been so pleased with its relationship with AmerisourceBergen that it might just look for another drug distributor with which to hook up. That was the suggestion made by Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina this week.

Report: Supply chain efficiency can boost both top- and bottom-line results

Pharma puts so much emphasis on top line that drugmakers give scant consideration to what their supply chains are costing them. But a new report suggests that making a supply chain more efficient is not only going to save costs, but it will also help drive greater sales.

Expired Pfizer contraceptives recalled after supply chain fumble

A Canadian drug distributor began recalling a small quantity of Pfizer birth control pills this week after it accidentally shipped out expired product. Pfizer credited the company with quick action, but it is the kind of issue that in the past has led to litigation against drugmakers over unwanted pregnancies.

GAO report blames DEA for many drug shortages

Drugs can end up on the FDA shortage list for many reasons, with manufacturing problems and recalls often being the culprit. But a new report says that for more than a decade, poor management by the Drug Enforcement Agency and a touchy relationship between the DEA and FDA have been at the heart of many shortages of controlled substances.