China surveys API makers; Almac expansion will add up to 60 jobs;

> China has started a survey of API makers who export, seeking the APIs they make, export license number and key export destinations, in apparent preparation for new EU regulations taking effect in July that will require all APIs imported there to come from inspected and approved sources. Story

> An expansion of an Almac formulation facility in Ireland is expected to create up to 60 additional jobs as part of the expansion of its pharmaceutical development services. Story

> New York police are testing a form of track and trace by putting GPS devices in "bait" bottles of painkillers, hoping to use them to track drug thefts. Story

> Indian drugmaker Aurobindo Pharma has gotten FDA approval to manufacture for the U.S. market Oxacillin Injection for treating bacterial infections. Item

> Indian drugmaker Lupin, which says it intends to "carpet bomb" the market with generic contraceptives, has gotten FDA approval to manufacture a generic version of Watson Laboratories' ($WPI) Lutera. Item

And Finally... The FDA has issued a final regulation on the CGMPs to be followed in making combo products. Story