Pakistan creates independent drug authority; recycling pays back for Almac;

> The ISPE has selected Merck ($MRK) as the overall winner in its awards event, recognizing it for getting its 214,000-square-foot Durham, NC, facility built and running when a shortage of Varicella vaccine product was foreseen. Release

> Indian API maker Arvind Remedies is building a new plant in Chennai to make oral solids, dry powders and multi-dosage forms. Item

> India's Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) wants to create deadlines for drug recalls. Story

> Pakistan has finally given approval to legislation setting up a new regulatory agency to inspect drug manufacturing and oversee development and safety issues there. Story

And Finally... Almac is using a new recycling program, which has increased the materials it recycles about 50% and is saving the company £6,000 ($9,529) per month. Release