Waste Not, Want Not.

Jan 11, 2015

The world has many problems producing enough food for the increasing population with decreasing farmland, flooding, environmental issues and fuel to produce electricity, and now disposal for unsold manufacturers and supermarket food – estimated to be 15 million tons annually in the UK alone. Paul Goddard of UKFarmFeeds tells us this ‘foodstuff’ is a very valuable commodity and must not be wasted. Saving Landfill, Saving Waste, Saving Money! ...

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Introduction of Electronic Data Capture Systems (EDC) in Animal Health VICH GCP Clinical Studies – Impact of Change for the Animal Health Sector

Jan 11, 2015

Elecotrnic data capture (EDC) has been in the human clinical study arena for a number of years; however, this technology has only recently been introduced to animal health clinical VICH GCP studies. In their paper, Janice Sarasola of Ondax Scientific, Jo McKelvie of EVITA Services and Iain McPhee of Novartis Animal Health discuss the fact that using EDC in animal health VICH GCP studies presents unique challenges based on the logistics of running small and large animal field studies, despite the numerous guidance documents and information available related to EDC for human GCP studies. ...

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Vet Med Legislation: How Far Will The Commission Go?

Jan 11, 2015

Paul Cooper of Assentra reflects upon the review of the veterinary medicines legislation that has started in 2010. More than four years later, those with a stake in how veterinary medicines are regulated in Europe are still waiting for the Commission’s proposals to be published. The current regulatory framework is defective in some major areas and the animal health industry is labouring under a heavy administrative burden. ...

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Developing Products in the Animal Health Industry

Aug 29, 2014 0

The animal health market has demonstrated a recession-proof nature uncommon to most industries. Given the attractiveness of the veterinary market, a number of innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors are being drawn to the space. While the financial hurdles and time to approval are lower in veterinary medicine than in human, it remains critically important to understand the market and the technical requirements expected in animal health. Tom Overbay of Expedite Animal Health addresses the importance of applying a disciplined approach to this process, fundamental to avoid errors in market expectations and forecasting, as well as to ensure an efficient approach to development of animal health products. ...

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Protecting the Supply Chain

Aug 29, 2014 0

In the world of human health, the increased call for establishing a clear and traceable pedigree for pharmaceutical supply chain had driven the US government to take up legislation. Hotly debated by the California Board of Pharmacy and several times delayed, the issue of serialising medications has now been put into law by the federal government, making the issue unavoidable. As serialisation is one part packaging process, one part IT data management, Justin Schroeder of Packaging Coordinators Inc (PCI) explains what the handling of codes means to the process of successful serialisation and establishing a foundation for securing the supply chain. ...

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The Heart of the Matter

Aug 29, 2014 0

The central figure in any clinical trial is the investigator. But whilst every investigator is a veterinarian, not every veterinarian makes a good investigator. Denny O. Day of VetPharm emphasises the importance of finding the right team of investigators, and then supporting them in the right way. Because finding, training, and motivating veterinarians to be effective investigators will help ensure the success of those trials … and the long-term health and wellbeing of our beloved pets. ...

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Antibiotic Alternatives for Animals

Aug 29, 2014 0

Antibiotics are needed in pets and food animals, just as in humans, but efficacy is compromised through antimicrobial resistance and no new antibiotic molecules. The key drivers to reduce consumption and preserve antibiotic efficacy are similar, although arguably stronger, in veterinary than in human medicine, particularly with respect to regulatory hurdles and restrictions in use. Elinor McCartney of Pen & Tec Consulting points out that pressure to reduce antibiotic use, coupled with the EU ban on antimicrobial growth promoters and current debate in the USA, is driving innovation in alternative products that can help reduce, refine and replace antibiotics in farm and companion animals. ...

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Total Project Management Solutions for the Development of Veterinary Medicinal Products

Aug 29, 2014 0

The introduction of new pharmaceutical veterinary products is dependent on a wide range of activities, through development and manufacturing to clinical field trials and building the regulatory dossier. A key activity, and the focus of John W Banks of Triveritas`s article, is the transfer of the process development knowledge into a cGMP manufacturing facility to generate formulated products that can be used in either clinical or commercial supply. ...

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Animal Health: R&D functions and Externalisation Opportunities

Aug 29, 2014 0

The last decade has witnessed a surge in the number of dedicated animal health CROs, labs and consulting organisations, pan-US and EU. In his paper, Vivek C of Beroe provides a cursory glance at the global animal health market, its chief constituents, R&D trends, outsourcing practices incorporated by large manufacturers and best sourcing approaches, across shared functions of human and animal health R&D divisions, such as toxicology and process-oriented functions such as data and project management. ...

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The Human-Animal Bond – The Cost of Care

Aug 29, 2014 0

This may be the biggest issue the veterinary community faces — how to help pet owners afford the care we are now able to provide as veterinarians, argues Kerry E. Marshall of Trupanion. In her article, she discusses medical insurance for pets: a powerful tool preventing “ethical exhaustion” by helping assist pet owners in affording the care their pet needs. The time to ACT is now — ...

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