Featured Pharma Online Editorial

  1. Examining FDA’s New Patient Labeling Draft Guidance
    9/9/2019

    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human factors as it applies to medical products and their associated written materials, the FDA recently released the draft guidance document Instructions for Use – Patient Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products and Drug-Device and Biologic-Device Combination Products –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.

  2. Pharmaceutical Transport Validation — Where To Begin?
    9/6/2019

    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.

  3. Cutting Packaging Costs: What Life Sciences Can Learn From Consumer Packaged Goods
    7/11/2019

    Industries can (and should) learn from one another. As the life sciences market continues to become more competitive and social pressure to reduce healthcare costs increases, consumer packaged goods (CPG) approaches and strategies to cut packaging costs can be applied to life sciences to achieve these objectives. 

  4. DSCSA’s 2023 Interoperability Requirements: Don’t Just Check The Compliance Box
    6/27/2019

    The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires creation of an interoperable system by 2023 to facilitate the sharing and gathering of transactional information back to the packaging at the original manufacturer for authorized trading partners or government agents in the event of a suspicious or illegitimate product. How will this system work and what components and governance will be required?

  5. New FDA Powers Under The SUPPORT Act — What Pharma Manufacturers Need To Know
    12/19/2018

    Drug manufacturers should be aware of new regulatory powers given to the FDA in a recently enacted law aimed at deterring opioid abuse. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) became law on Oct. 24, 2018 with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.