Contributing Editors

  1. 7 Steps To Properly Navigate An Event Investigation

    A recently published article examining recent GMP inspection data from CDER (FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research) and MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) notes that “Deficiencies in investigations remains at the top of this list [of the most frequently cited observations] over the past four years. We as an industry cannot seem to get this quite right.” I agree.

  2. Practical Application Of Online Water Bioburden Analyzers In Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

    Water is the single largest quantity raw material used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Water is used in all facets of manufacturing, from preparing equipment to manufacturing the final commercial product.

  3. An Evaluation Of A Closed Sterile Transfer Process For Aseptic Filling

    Critical control points for conventional aseptic processing are most often related to contamination resulting from human intervention and exposure of critical surfaces before and during fill. Extensive resources are required to install and maintain controls for these typical failure modes which can lead to two critical issues: shortages of essential medicines and inability to meet the timelines critical to control emerging pandemic threats.


  4. How To Establish An Aseptic Gowning Qualification Program

    Microbial control is critical in cleanroom environments. Contaminated environments can lead to product recalls, regulatory observations, fines, or even consumer deaths. In order to properly prevent, destroy, and monitor microbial contamination in cleanrooms, several aspects of cleanroom microbiology must be understood. This four-part article provides a foundational introduction to some of those aspects.

  5. Is Blockchain The Solution To Drug Traceability?

    It seems blockchain technology is following the hype path the cloud did a few years ago. The most talked-about example of blockchain is Bitcoin, a digital currency that does not rely on a central authority (such as the Federal Reserve) to clear financial transactions. A few short months ago, the word “blockchain” was seldom mentioned in supply chain circles. Now, it’s not uncommon to be asked what your blockchain strategy is within those same circles. What has changed is its successful use and blockchain platforms adding functionality.

  6. An Analysis Of FDA Warning Letters On Data Governance & Data Integrity

    Failures in data governance and data integrity have been more prominent in health authority enforcement actions in the past few years. Health authorities review thousands of pages of data in original submissions and supplements covering the broad GxP area. Inspectors then review manufacturing and test data on-site during pre-approval inspections and routine GMP inspections.

  7. FDA, PDUFA, And Patient Engagement — What Pharma Companies Need To Know (And Do)

    New regulatory developments at the FDA and beyond allow companies to leverage patient experiences and behaviors to create better products, obtain faster regulatory approvals, and better demonstrate the value of their products over time to payers and reimbursement bodies.

  8. How GSK Launched A Continuous Manufacturing Pilot Plant — And What It Learned

    This article focuses on GSK’s continuous manufacturing initiatives, the hurdles it faced in bringing the pilot plant online, the lessons it learned from the experience, and what it plans to do next with the technology.

  9. 5 Tips For Orphan Drug Development In A Price-Sensitive Payer Environment

    The first installment in this two-part series examined rising costs associated with orphan drugs and two related case studies. This second part provides actionable suggestions for developers.

  10. Rethink Knowledge Management And Risk Management For Quality By Design

    In the first of a two-part article, we start by reviewing knowledge management (KM) and risk management (RM) approaches in the context of QbD and quality management systems (QMSs).