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European Union launches international generic pilot project to share information

BY Michael Johnsen

LONDON — The European Union is leading an international pilot project through which, upon request from a generic pharmaceutical company, it will share the assessment reports generated as part of the decentralized procedure in real time with collaborating regulatory agencies outside the EU.
 
By offering to share its assessment reports, the EU aims to reinforce collaboration and information-sharing between regulatory authorities across the world, contributing to facilitating and strengthening the scientific assessment process for medicines. This should enable medicines to be authorized in different territories in a coordinated way at approximately the same time.
 
The first phase of the International Generic Drug Regulators Pilot project will involve the EU, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei and Switzerland.
 
Other members of the IGDRP may decide to take part in the pilot program at a later stage. These include Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa. The European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare and the World Health Organization participate as observers.
 
The IGDRP was launched in April 2012 to promote collaboration and convergence in generic medicines regulatory programs in order to address the challenges posed by increasing workloads, globalization and complexity of scientific issues.

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Amazon introduces new point-of-sale tool

BY Mike Troy

SEATTLE — Amazon launched a mobile point-of-sale solution called Amazon Local Register that gives merchants a low-cost payment acceptance method while providing it with new insights into offline commerce.

Similar to mobile payment provider Square, Amazon Local Register is a secure card reader and mobile app that provides businesses the ability to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet. Funds deposited directly into a bank account within one business day. The card reader costs $10 and became available on Amazon.com on Aug. 13 and beginning Aug. 19 it also will be available in Staples stores.

To generate trial and adoption, Amazon is crediting the $10 purchase fee back to customers after they begin using Local Register. To sweeten the deal, a promotional rate of 1.75% per swipe is being offered to until Jan. 1, 2016 to early adopter who register before Oct. 31.

“From clothing stores to contractors, food trucks to accountants, businesses and organizations using Amazon Local Register will enjoy industry-leading low rates, trusted and secure payment processing, and access to award-winning customer support,” said Matt Swann, VP of Amazon Local Commerce. “We understand that every penny and every minute counts, so we want to make accepting payments so easy and inexpensive that it no longer gets in the way of a business owner doing what they love — serving their customers and growing their business.”

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Dole specialists visit NCRC to preview research

BY David Salazar

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Dole Fresh Fruit’s sales and marketing team will be taking a trip to Kannapolis, North Carolina, to see the company’s Nutrition Research Laboratory on North Carolina Research Campus.
 
The visitors will be led by Dole’s VP of nutrition research Nicholas Gillitt, who will show them around the campus and explain research in the hope that the marketing team will pass it on to consumers.
 
“Understanding the health benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables, and being able to pass that information on to customers, is a valuable tool in each Dole representative’s tool box,” Gillitt said.
 
“Dole bringing such a large contingent of sales people here to meet with Nick and so many of our other scientists is a testament to how successfully our research is advancing the understanding of how and why fruits are so beneficial to human health,” North Carolina research campus president Lynne Scott Safrit.
 
The sales and marketing team from Dole’s fresh vegetable division is set to visit the campus later this year.

 

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