Pharmaceutical--Bio-Tech News — December, 2008

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No Paper Trail in Drug Application Process, FDA Rules
If a semi-trailer truck filled with thousands of documents consistently showed up at your office for review, no one would question your sanity if you tried to put a stop to the practice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the powerful government agency that controls the pharmaceutical industry, has decided to do just that by ending the practice of paper-based regulatory submission, which, in recent times, has generated a continuous tsunami of paper.
To do so, the FDA has mandated the electronic Common Technical Documents specification as the standard format for the submission of...
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Horizon Lines Offers Monitoring of Reefers Between U.S., Puerto Rico
Horizon Lines, Inc. is now providing ReeferPlusGPS tracking and shipment monitoring for refrigerated ocean containers moving between the continental U.S. and Puerto Rico. According to Horizon, the system is meant to improve the visibility and security of high-value perishable cargo requiring cold-chain logistics. The technology features in-box sensors which report...
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DHL's Danzas AEI Emirates Unit Opens Logistics Facility in Dubai
Danzas AEI Emirates LLC, a unit of DHL, has opened a multi-logistics facility in Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone. Covering 80,000 square meters, the operation is aimed at companies looking for a regional and global gateway, the company said. Currently the facility has a built-up area of 54,000 square meters, including 6,700 square meters of office space and an 8,000-square-meter, temperature-controlled distribution center for the life sciences sector. Offering support for...
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Lab Instruments Manufacturer Deploys Business Intelligence Solution from Oco
Beckman Coulter Inc., a developer and manufacturer of laboratory testing instruments and supplies, has chosen Oco's business intelligence solution to provide advanced reporting and analytics.
"We selected Oco because of its unique ability to rapidly deploy its solution," says Craig Cole, global strategic operations director. "Another important factor was Oco's ability to integrate data from multiple systems and produce focused reports to understand and drive performance improvement across multiple dimensions of our services business."
Oco's Inventory Management module will...
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RFID Helps Eliminate Loading Errors at Walgreens DC
Pharmacy retail chain Walgreens has deployed an RFID system in its approximately 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Anderson, S.C., that alerts employees before they load a shipment on the wrong truck bound for retail locations throughout the Southeast. This has helped the company meet its goal of eliminating...
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