Former Head of German CRO IMFORM Sentenced for Fraud, Corruption

Monday, September 11, 2006

Peter U. Witte, former president and chief executive officer of IMFORM, a contract research organization (CRO) based in Darmstadt, Germany, was sentenced in August to four years in jail in Munich District Court for fraud, corruption, and aiding and abetting the betrayal of confidence. CW Weekly has been investigating what led up to Witte’s sentencing for several months. Witte confessed that for years he had defrauded his principal client, Japan-based pharmaceutical company Sankyo, with bills for several million euros for services supposedly performed during a drug study, according to a published report in Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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Disapproving Look

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Well, it’s about time the FDA took a hard look at the compounding of drugs at some pharmacies. Until now, the FDA sort of looked the other way at pharmacists who custom-blended drugs from bulk ingredients. Particularly popular have been custom hormone replacement therapies or drugs that remove an ingredient that may be an allergen.

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Cultivate Your Clinical Researchers, Pharma

Friday, August 25, 2006

Pharma companies know they have to reach out to new and inexperienced investigators to maintain capacity for growth in emerging regions. Investigator capacity is a major issue in these markets because they have experienced such significant growth in recent years. In the U.S., though, companies have taken more of a sink-or-swim approach when introducing physicians to clinical research, and they could be making a big mistake.

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The Name Game

Monday, August 21, 2006

It’s a call I made in January. So what took SFBC so long to decide to change its name to PharmaNet? While the move took a little longer than expected, it is another sign that new CEO Jeffrey McMullen and his PharmaNet-ters still have a solid chance to turnaround the troubled former SFBC.

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Prisoners As Study “Volunteers”

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A recent Institute of Medicine Report has recommended that drug testing be allowed on prisoners, thereby lifting a decades-old ban on this practice. The recommendation is drawing both criticism and support from government and industry.

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