Beta interferons improve survival in people with MS

pharmaceutical-journal | April 12, 2019

Beta interferons improve survival in patients with relapsing-onset multiple sclerosis (MS) when used for at least three years, research has shown. The study, published in Brain (18 March 2019), used data from Canada and France on 5,989 people with relapsing-remitting MS who were naïve to disease-modifying therapies at study entry. During an average of 11 years of follow-up, 32% of people were exposed to beta-interferon for at least six months. Overall, there were 742 deaths due to any cause and, of these 649 were matched with between 1 and 20 controls by country, sex, age, year and disability level at study entry. It was found that those who received beta interferons were 32% less likely to die than unexposed individuals. When stratified by duration, those exposed to at least three years’ beta-interferon treatment had a 56% reduced risk of death while shorter exposure durations were not significantly related with survival.

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There is an upward trend for pharmaceutical companies to ask their contract development and manufacturing organisations (CDMO) to support the conversion.

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There is an upward trend for pharmaceutical companies to ask their contract development and manufacturing organisations (CDMO) to support the conversion.

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HOVIONE | December 15, 2022

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"Hovione has a track record in industrializing and democratizing emerging pharmaceutical technologies, such as amorphous solid dispersions by spray drying, and turn them into dependable and scalable offerings that are available to all. We have been committed to Continuous Tableting for the last 7 years and we are now ready to contribute decisively to the advancement of one of the most promising technologies in pharma manufacturing. This collaboration with GEA, gives us the opportunity to link up with a leading designer and supplier of Continuous Tableting equipment solutions and bring Continuous Tableting to the next levels of reliability, flexibility and adoption." Jean-Luc Herbeaux, CEO of Hovione. He adds Navin Lakhanpaul, Global Head Pharma-Solid Dosage, GEA, adds: "As a leading supplier of process technology, GEA has established itself as a trusted solution provider in the pharmaceutical industry, and as a pioneer in the development of Continuous Tableting technology." He adds "Our relationship with Hovione over many years has clearly demonstrated the value in further collaborating and developing synergies in our respective areas of expertise. We share a common objective of enabling the wider use of Continuous Tableting in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and firmly believe that our partnership with Hovione will accelerate the growth of this exciting technology." About Hovione Hovione is an international company with over 60 years of experience as a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization with a fully integrated offering of services for drug substance, drug product intermediate and drug product. The company has four FDA inspected sites in the USA, Portugal, Ireland and China as well as development laboratories in Lisbon, Portugal and New Jersey, USA. 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With more than 18,000 employees working across five divisions and 62 countries, the group generated revenues of more than EUR 4.7 billion in fiscal year 2021. GEA plants, processes, components and services enhance the efficiency and sustainability of production processes across the globe. They contribute significantly to the reduction of CO2 emissions, plastic usage and food waste. In doing so, GEA makes a key contribution toward a sustainable future, in line with the company's purpose: "Engineering for a better world".This partnership stemmed from a successful customer-supplier relationship spanning several years. It combines GEA´s engineering expertise with Hovione´s development and manufacturing experience and both parties commit to partner to accelerate the adoption of Continuous Tableting technology. The advantages of continuous over batch manufacturing are well known. 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This collaboration with GEA, gives us the opportunity to link up with a leading designer and supplier of Continuous Tableting equipment solutions and bring Continuous Tableting to the next levels of reliability, flexibility and adoption." Navin Lakhanpaul, Global Head Pharma-Solid Dosage, GEA, adds: "As a leading supplier of process technology, GEA has established itself as a trusted solution provider in the pharmaceutical industry, and as a pioneer in the development of Continuous Tableting technology." He adds "Our relationship with Hovione over many years has clearly demonstrated the value in further collaborating and developing synergies in our respective areas of expertise. We share a common objective of enabling the wider use of Continuous Tableting in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and firmly believe that our partnership with Hovione will accelerate the growth of this exciting technology." 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