Almac Adds Late Stage Customisation Suite to Assist Orphan Drug / Niche Product Launches Into Europe

By Almac Group, PRNE
Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CRAIGAVON, Northern Ireland, November 25, 2010 - With a growing requirement to support our clients with their EU product
launches, reduce stock holdings and provide greater flexibility with regional
packs, Almac has added an additional dedicated Late Stage Customisation Suite
to the company's commercial facilities.

Mark English, Distribution Manager at Almac, explains, "Late stage
customisation involves working with the client, understanding their country
launch requirements to develop an EU regional supply strategy. Grouping
countries by language allowing for multilanguage packs to service multiple
markets, with country specific information added at point of despatch,
provides significant cost advantages. Working with products that are
manufactured in very low volumes at, often, a very high cost means that
solutions to minimise stock holding are of particular benefit."

Historically the countries grouped together tended to be based on
geographical proximity to ensure that distribution to the end user was as
short as possible. However with modern shipping methods this is no longer
necessarily the case. The main factors now tend to be which countries share a
common language (e.g. UK/Ireland and Germany/Austria) and having at least one
of the "Big five" (Germany, France, Spain, Italy & the UK) in each regional
pack, meaning that smaller markets can be served when required without
committing any stock for orders that may never arise.

Assembling regional packs results in one pack being available for as many
as five markets, as country specific information is applied to the 'Blue Box'
area as orders are received direct from pharmacies or hospitals. The addition
of the dedicated Late Stage Customisation Suite gives Almac the flexibility
to process these orders immediately ensuring just-in-time delivery.

David Downey, VP Commercial Operations of Almac, explains, "With our
client partners, we have successfully launched many high-value, orphan drug /
niche products into the European market, hitting launch timelines, and
maximising product flexibility to supply multiple markets. Utilising our
integrated pharmaceutical and distribution services we can provide a seamless
transfer of product and services to the end-user."

About Almac Group

The Almac Group offers a broad range of services from R&D, biomarker
discovery and development, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical
trial supply and IXRS technology (IVRS/IWRS), to commercial-scale
manufacture. Almac provides services to more than 600 companies, including
all the world leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

The company employs 3,000 individuals and is headquartered in Craigavon,
Northern Ireland. US operations are based in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and
California. Almac has officially gained full possession of its new $120m
North American Headquarters which started in July 2008 and employees will
relocate during the fall.

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