The new EU draft guidance, Guideline on the quality requirements for drug-device combinations, and U.S. draft guidance, Principles of Premarket Pathways for Combination Products, are the latest attempts by each body to adequately regulate combination products.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human factors as it applies to medical products and their associated written materials, the FDA recently released the draft guidance document Instructions for Use – Patient Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products and Drug-Device and Biologic-Device Combination Products –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.
Recent developments eliminate the need for unnecessary calibrations and speed up the time it takes to do calibrations in the field.
Choosing an offsite storage facility means asking the right questions to determine if the storage provider has the appropriate risk mitigation infrastructure in place, beginning with a realistic threat assessment.
This white paper provides an explanation of the differences between validation, verification and routine performance monitoring as well as an overview of recommended test methods for different types of metal detection systems.
This whitepaper discusses the importance of understanding how critical process parameters can impact a product’s critical quality attributes, and how a systematic approach with validated SPR assays can help in this respect.
This whitepaper discusses cleaning of affinity resins intended for use in the purification of monoclonal antibodies and antibody fragments.
This article provides insight on building an internal structure that is flexible so that it can be supplemented, if required, according to changing production requirements.
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