Univar's Solution to Paracetamol Security of Supply
30 September 2008
Frankfurt, Germany, 30 September 2008 – Today at the CPhI Worldwide pharmaceutical ingredients event, Univar presented solutions in order to meet the growing demand for a commonly used medicine for pain relief, Paracetamol, despite the closing at the end of 2008 of the major European Paracetamol production line.
Paracetamol (also known as Acetaminophen or APAP) is one of the most popular analgesics used around the world (alone or incorporated in multi-ingredient preparations). 115,000 tonnes of Paracetamol are consumed globally every year, 25% of which is in Europe. The global demand is growing at a rate of close to 2% every year. As with every Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API), Paracetamol requires expertise to ensure that the supply chain meets the requirements of the European Commission directive 2004/27/EC to maintain both the appropriate standard of quality and consistent supply.
This is even more relevant now that one of the biggest global suppliers, based in France, has decided to close the last Paracetamol active ingredient production line in Europe by the end of 2008.
In order to anticipate the shortage and to tackle the complex regulatory issues, Univar reacted immediately by identifying the best alternative solutions that will both fulfill customers' demands for Paracetamol and also offer the best and safest supply route to the market in Europe and the Americas.
As Roger Chantillon, Univar's European Industry Director, explained "Our goal is to secure the supply of Paracetamol to our customers. Univar is helping both suppliers and customers to meet their regulatory information requests for the rapid registration of new high quality and reliable Paracetamol sources".
With its long experience in the pharmaceutical market and as an established distributor of Paracetamol in Western Europe, Univar has identified the best Paracetamol suppliers, guaranteeing the same high quality while fully complying with the European regulations. Furthermore, Univar is GMP-certified and has an experienced pharmaceutical logistics network. These are the qualities which make it possible for Univar to guarantee security of supply to its customers, full traceability of the products, and the best value.
"Thanks to our business development and regulatory teams, we have been able to quickly identify reliable alternatives and anticipate the market demand across Europe. With a specific focus on API and speciality excipients, Univar Pharma Ingredients provides more than just products - we deliver answers where and when you need them", said Roger Chantillon, European Industry Director.
To learn more about Univar Pharma Ingredients products and services, please visit Univar at Stand 30D62 in Hall 3 at CPhI Worldwide, 30 September to 2 October 2008, Frankfurt.
Univar Pharma Ingredients
Univar Pharma Ingredients is the global brand of Univar to the pharmaceutical raw material market. Operating across Europe and supplied by world leading producers, Univar Pharma Ingredients combines global cost effective supply of a broad range of raw materials with the specific quality and regulatory standards required by the pharmaceutical manufacturing market.
Univar is one of the world's leading independent distributors of industrial chemicals and providers of related specialty services, operating throughout North America and Europe. Univar endeavors to service its customer base, made up of some 250,000 industrial customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of over 200 distribution centers, located throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and China. In 2006, Univar had pro forma sales of USD 8.0 billion. Univar has approximately 7,900 employees based throughout North America, Europe and China. The company's registered office is in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with administrative support offices in Bellevue, Washington, USA, and Bradford, England, UK. For more information, visit: http://www.univareurope.com/ and http://www.univarcorp.com/.
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