Texas to change execution drug; EU asks Canada to update IP laws;

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> Texas has been forced to change one of the drugs it uses to execute condemned inmates because of a shortage of the drug it's used for nearly three decades. Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials said Wednesday that they plan to substitute pentobarbital for sodium thiopental in the three-drug cocktail that's used to execute inmates. News

> As part of the negotiations for a comprehensive economic trade agreement, the EU has asked Canada to update its IP laws by extending the term of patent protection for drugs mired in the regulatory approval process; increasing the term of data exclusivity from eight to 10 years; and changing the notice of compliance regulations to permit innovators a right of appeal even if the generic obtains an NOC. Item

> The Nanuet school district announced Tuesday that it has reached a tax settlement with Pfizer, which officials said would bring much needed financial stability to the district in the coming years. Story

> GlaxoSmithKline has partnered with Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control to provide a patient SMS verification service for its antibiotic, Ampiclox. Item

> Pfizer Animal Health has decided to integrate Alpharma to provide diversified products and services. Report

Biotech News

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> Pfizer antibacterial research moving to China. News 

> Regulators slap clinical hold on RegeneRx heart drug study. Story 

> Amylin, Takeda suspend PhII obesity study. Item

> Five prostate cancer diagnostics to watch. Article

> Landmark ALS stem cell trial moving into a critical phase. Story

> Novartis maps out a blockbuster future for INC424. News 

> Alnylam et al resolve a fight over RNAi rights. Item

Drug Delivery News

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> Reality catching up to SciFi with microsubmarine. News

> Elan's NanoCrystal technology gets European OK. Article

> Interview with a "magnetic" scientist. Story

Medical Device News

> Smith & Nephew: Employees conspired to steal trade secrets, start new company. Report

> Pfizer recalls impotence shot because defective needles. Story

> Boston Sci explains its top-down restructuring. News 

> Roche to pay up to $119M for PVT. Report

And Finally... Researchers at Leicester University's Space Research Centre are working with colleagues at De Montfort University to create a handheld device that will detect fake whisky and wine through the bottles they are contained in. The technology has already been adapted for use in the pharmaceutical world by the Leicester team in conjunction with university spin-out company Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International, a specialist crime and security consultancy. Story