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    Sponsors must first make sure all documents are going through the proper review and approval cycle and that controls are in place to meet regulatory requirements such as 21 CFR part 11. Once the documents are published and ready for submission to the regulatory agency, they are typically stored on a file share. Although that file share has access controls in place, it will not have granular-level access controls.

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    ISPE has released its Drug Shortages Prevention Plan at a media conference held during its annual meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Present at the conference were new president and CEO John Bournas, strategic advisor John Berridge, and Drug Shortage Prevention Plan leaders Joe Famulare, Paul D'Eramo, Donna Gulbinski, and Sam Venugopal.

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    Drug shortages continue to plague the pharmaceutical industry. According to a GAO report on shortages, dated February 2014, the number of shortages continues to increase in the U.S., as well as around the world. In 2007 there were 154 shortages, 114 new shortages and 40 ongoing from a prior year. In 2012, there were 456 shortages, 195 news ones and 261 ongoing. As of June 30, 2013, there were already 73 new shortages and 288 ongoing.

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    Clearly something needs to be done. “ISPE believes efforts to address this complex and multi-faceted problem of drug shortages requires close collaboration and clear communication between the pharma industry and global health authorities,” says Francois Sallans, VP and chief quality officer for Johnson & Johnson, and presenter at the 2014 ISPE-FDA CGMP Conference. “We believe The Drug Shortages Prevention Plan being assembled by ISPE will provide guidance to pharma and global health authorities to manage drug shortages more effectively. But more importantly we are looking into ways for the two groups to manage these shortages more proactively as well. That is an important component that we need to have in place in order to make these shortages rare, but short-lived.”

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    In my role as the 2015 co-chair of the BIO International’s educational planning committee, I am privy to what goes into creating one of our industry’s largest annual events. As many of you are involved in organizing your own customer educational programs (e.g., The Emerson Exchange) or have been asked to serve on an event planning committee, I thought a behind the scenes look into how BIO goes about the process would be helpful to your efforts. Here are some of the best business practices I have witnessed thus far.

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    That statement, by Glen de Vries, president of Medidata, seems to sum up the challenge many have with trying to bring down the cost of clinical trials. To bring down costs we need to implement new, efficient, and available technologies. Unfortunately implementing new technologies involves change, which many people in this industry do not seem to want to embrace.

    Hopefully, that attitude may soon be changing. One of the trends de Vries has seen in the past year is a focus on innovation originating at the executive level. More managers, especially those in the C-suite, are saying we need to figure out how to do things differently.

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