Laser tool detects fakes; Viet Nam builds nanopharm plant;

> Ahura Scientific's TruScan is a handheld laser-based tool for detecting counterfeits by analyzing the composition of raw materials or finished drugs in about 30 seconds. Article

> A drug manufacturing plant under construction in Viet Nam is expected to open next year, using nanopharmaceutical technology to produce liposomal treatments for cancer. Article

> A book highlighting differences among the drug manufacturing practices of Europe, Canada, and the WHO also examines U.S. policy affecting domestic and multinational pharmaceutical manufacturing. Announcement

> Dendreon is building a 160,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Union City, GA, to manufacture prostate cancer treatment PROVENGE. Announcement

> A new 3.3 million-square-foot Mantecorp pharmaceutical manufacturing and office facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, boasts a supervisory control and data acquisition system comprising the Control and Communication Link open fieldbus network and Mitsubishi Electric controls. Release

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