Cargo theft can kill; Collaboration targets counterfeiters;

> The theft of medicines while in transit is a problem bigger than the street value of the drugs; medicines compromised during such transit can be killers, says oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma. Article

> Promoting the Quality of Medicines is a $35-million cooperative program of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention to fight drug counterfeiting. Release

> Novavax (Nasdaq: NVAX) and CPL Biologicals are building a manufacturing facility in India for production of virus-like-particle vaccines for pandemic and seasonal influenza. Release

> Hovione of Loures, Portugal, has acquired an aseptic spray-drying production line as well as vial filling and back-up utilities from Boston-based Acusphere. Announcement

> Spectrum Chemicals & Laboratory Products is protecting against melamine contamination by working with partners and suppliers to extend melamine-specific quality assurance measures as far up the supply chain as possible. Release