Needle or Patch?

Singh, Seema
May 2007
Red Herring;5/28/2007, Vol. 4 Issue 17/18, p30
Trade Publication
The article focuses on efforts of companies to develop better drug delivery systems (DDS). Small biotech firms and generics companies are part of the effort to develop DDS. Morgan Stanley says it is the pharmaceutical industry's fastest-growing single segment and will reach $100 billion in annual sales in 2007. Japan's Fuji Chemical, for instance, just reported that it has initiated steps to get U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its F-Melt type C, an additive which helps tablets dissolve in under 30 seconds. In India, Dabur Pharma recently launched Nanoxel, a nano-particle drug delivery system for Paclitaxel, an anticancer drug which right now has to be mixed with cremophor, a toxic castor-oil derivative, to make it water soluble.


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