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  • U.S. Sites Play Surprise Starring Role In FDA’s Drug GMP Warning Letter Report

    Fiscal year 2019 was a fascinating year for drug GMP warning letters in the diversity of topics addressed, depth of focus, and trends in enforcement actions. This article presents a comprehensive summary of the drug GMP warning letters issued in FY2019, including an evaluation of trends since FY2013.

  • Experimental Methods For Microorganism Challenges On Online Water Bioburden Analyzers

    Implementing online water bioburden analyzer (OWBA) technology often includes laboratory microorganism challenge testing to verify that the instrument is suitable for its intended use. This requires the end user to select microorganisms for testing and successfully create quantifiable suspensions of these microorganisms for OWBA analysis. While this would seem straightforward, several aspects of preparing microbial challenges can easily derail the best intended experimental design.

  • Applying The Johari Window To Manage Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Risk

    The recalls of generic versions of the drug valsartan and related products losartan and irbesartan due to high levels of nitrosamine impurities have once again put the spotlight on sourcing strategies and the globalization of the pharmaceutical supply chain. Learn how the Johari Window model can help minimize risk and shrink the unknown risks inherent in any complex manufacturing supply chain.

  • Valentine’s Day Heartbreak: How To Let Your (Underperforming) CMO Partner Go

    We read many articles about building relationships in the business environment to improve transactions, fortify the supply chain, and increase profits. But, what if the CMO has a deteriorating plant that directly impacts your production, or personnel turnover creates an environment of never-ending deviations and senseless retraining?

  • What’s Driving The Booming Microbiome Market? 4 Factors Pharma Needs To Know

    Rates of investment in the microbiome category are increasing as both venture capital firms like Seventure and pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson and Takeda make significant investments and establish partnerships with a variety of start-ups that are commercializing novel offerings in the microbiome space.

  • FDA’s Drug Shortages Root Cause Report: Does It Miss The Mark?

    At the behest of Congress, an inter-agency Drug Shortage Task Force, led by the FDA, recently published the "Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions" report. The very first root causes listed in the report are “economic forces,” indicating their undoubted primacy in the Task Force’s overall assumption as to their influence on drug shortages.

  • The 10 Phases Of An Effective CAPA

    Corrective and preventive action (CAPA) issues continue to be one of the top Form 483 observational findings by the FDA. Many times, CAPAs fail due to the structure and flow of the process and not necessarily the efforts of those managing the CAPAs. A poor paper-based CAPA process will not improve with an electronic-based CAPA system.

  • New FDA Draft Guidance: Qualification Process For Drug Development Tools

    The FDA recently issued its draft guidance on the qualification process for drug development tools (DDTs), as part of the commitment mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act. The draft guidance provides a high-level description of the intent and content of the DDT program, but it does not address evidentiary standards or performance criteria for purposes of DDT qualification, leaving it to industry to propose the scientific argument and data package.

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  • Considerations When Cleaning Your Tablet Presses & Tablet Tooling

    Implementing a cleaning procedure is essential to maintaining your tablet tooling and presses. Dirty tools cause tableting and product quality-related problems, such as sticking & picking. Keeping tools clean also decreases premature tool, turret and cam wear, and reduces the risk of product cross-contamination. While most cleaning methods can achieve similar results, utilizing an automated cleaning system, such as an ultrasonic wash with rinse and dryer, can ensure tooling is properly cleaned and dried consistently with limited handling and potential for damage. A warm air-drying process is ideal for preventing moisture and corrosion by pushing warm air through areas, such as key slots, punch cups, and die bores, that may not be dried properly with a traditional towel or cloth.

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