House bill targets drug shortages; Thai plants fight dependence on West for drugs;

> Lawmakers will introduce a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House next week to help the FDA address shortages of chemotherapy and other drugs. Story

> Two drug production plants are expected to go online in Thailand in 2011 and 2012 to help gain independence from Western pharmaceutical giants during crises. News

> Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino are among those expected to attend a groundbreaking for the new South Boston headquarters of biotech giant Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Article

> Sartorius Stedim Biotech has developed the Sartocon Eco series of ultra-filters for bio and pharma purification processes. Item

> In Ireland, the Brinny Bioassay Centre of Expertise and the Brinny Pneumococcal Vaccine Conjugation Facility have opened. Story

> Logistics specialist Movianto U.K. has doubled its cold chain storage capacity to 4,500 pallet spaces and installed a temperature-controlled loading, unloading and packing facility. Movianto release

> Brand-protection specialist and counterfeits fighter Sproxil has established a presence in India. Report

> Pharmatech Associates, a compliance consulting concern, says it will provide design and compliance review for a leading Chinese pharmaceutical corporation's aseptic product manufacturing facility. Pharmatech announcement