The new EU draft guidance, Guideline on the quality requirements for drug-device combinations, and U.S. draft guidance, Principles of Premarket Pathways for Combination Products, are the latest attempts by each body to adequately regulate combination products. In this two-part series, we examine the two guidances in detail. Part 1 covers the U.S. regulatory guidance.
Maintaining quality is everyone’s job and a team effort. And when it is overlooked, bad things happen. News of a pharmaceutical company receiving an FDA Complete Response Letter and Form 483 — citing data manipulation and breaches — drove this point home recently. Based on the FDA observations made in this case, there is clear evidence that components of a voluntary quality assurance (VQA) culture were missing.
Blockchain has already started to find fit-for-purpose use cases in the pharmaceutical industry. Some of the largest pharma companies in the world are now conducting pilots and are expected to move towards production cases in the coming year. But for blockchain to succeed, several remaining obstacles must still be overcome.
Any company with successful Phase 1 study data must ensure sufficient and consistent supply of drug product for possible Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials. For this reason, Phase 1 companies planning to outsource manufacturing of their clinical supply should take some essential steps early in the clinical manufacturing campaign to assure a timely and reliable supply of material throughout their clinical trials.
In accordance with the increasing emphasis on human factors as it applies to medical products and their associated written materials, the FDA recently released the draft guidance document Instructions for Use – Patient Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products and Drug-Device and Biologic-Device Combination Products – Content and Format. Instructions for use (IFU) are a critical element of the device user interface, and special considerations must be accounted for in their design.
This article provides a road map for transport validation, which is used to qualify packaging for the entire product supply chain. When transport validation is done incompletely, poorly, or not at all, it can result in off-label drugs that are potentially harmful to patients.
In this two-part article, FDA supervisory consumer safety officer Dell Moller, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality Operations (OPQO) Division 3 program director Art Czabaniuk, and OPQO Division 3 investigator Lindsey Schwierjohann present the agency’s top 10 drug GMP inspection citations for FY2018 and provide insight into the observations. This part unveils citations #10 through #6, and Part 2 will cover citations #5 through #1.
Are the methods used for developing the current generation of biopharmaceuticals, monoclonal antibodies, hormone replacements, etc., applicable to the next generation of Cellular and gene therapies?
Project execution and project management are probably two of the topics that are most written about but least understood by the biopharmaceutical industry. This article is not about the theory of management, but it is a primer on approaches to project execution, some of which may assist the reader in understanding their path of least risk.
Composed of both antibody and small molecule elements, ADCs have a complex structure from which many different impurities can arise. Drawing on existing ICH guidelines, a recent publication co-authored by AbbVie suggests a science-based approach that can be applied to the design of an effective control strategy for small molecule impurities in ADC therapeutics.
This paper provides an introduction to particle sizing comparing six widely used techniques, explaining how they work and what this means in terms of strengths and limitations.
It is common for tablet manufacturers to exceed the maximum compression force ratings of their tooling to form a quality tablet. However, going beyond the prescribed tooling rating may result in premature tool wear or failure and possible damage to the press. With proper formulation development and tablet design, the tablet press operator should be able to manufacture quality tablets without exceeding the tooling’s maximum compression force rating.
One of the major challenges in batch mammalian cell clarification is cost-effective improvement in filtration in the face of high cell densities.
When it comes to clinical supplies, the journey is every bit as important as the destination and the price of failure is high. This paper discusses how supply logistics are changing and contains examples of how Fisher Clinical Services is deploying flexible solutions to ensure secure, efficient and cost-effective passage of clinical supplies.
A shipping solution that maintains the temperature of a product in its journey to the patient, preserves the intent of the medication, the safety of the investment, and the lives of the patients who depend on them.
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