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  1. An Introduction To Tools And Methodologies For Improving Change Management
    12/17/2018

    This is part 1 of a two-part article that describes a change management model derived from the concept of co-creation, a process in which brands and consumers work together to create better ideas, products, and services. In this first part, we discuss the tools and methodologies that provide a foundation for improving change management.

  2. Does Quality Even Matter? 10 Things Quality Departments Should Stop Doing Now
    12/13/2018

    Senior quality leaders and the FDA agree quality organizations supporting pharma manufacturing often fall short of providing the support necessary to maintain and increase regulatory compliance and product quality. At the same time, some do not understand their actions and believe they are obstructionist and reflective of a strict compliance mentality with little regard for the business and its success. What would cause business partners to look at quality in such a way?

  3. 4 Strategies To Prevent Manufacture And Distribution Of Substandard Medications
    12/12/2018

    Counterfeit medications aren’t the only prescription drug-related threat to public health. If a legitimate product is not manufactured according to quality standards or becomes degraded as it travels through its supply chain, it can be ineffective at best or deadly at worst. However, separating the issues of counterfeit and substandard medications is a difficult proposition.

  4. Are Regulatory Agencies Prepared For A Rapidly Aging Population?
    12/10/2018

    Despite changing demographics in aging populations, regulatory guidance specific to drug development for geriatrics has been limited, with guidances dating back to the 1990s.

  5. Cybersecurity Among Biggest Challenges For Pharma Firms Incorporating Digital Health Technologies
    12/7/2018

    This is the second of two articles, this part focuses on the importance of cybersecurity and software maintenance, how time scales and methods of execution differ from those in traditional pharma, how agile software development works, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

  6. Data Integrity, Startups, & Cloud Storage: Don’t Let This Happen To You!
    12/5/2018

    Data integrity is of paramount importance to ensure patient health and safety and to improve shareholder value, particularly for virtual companies. Startups finding themselves in the throes of managing complex drug development programs realize they may face great risk if they do not begin with the end in mind and integrate data integrity practices early on.

  7. Continued Process Verification And The Validation Of Informatics Systems For Pharmaceutical Processing
    12/3/2018

    This article, written by members of the BioPhorum Operations Group (BPOG) Continued Process Verification (CPV) Informatics team, summarizes their collective experience in validating the informatics components of their CPV programs, to shed light on common issues and provide recommendations and best practices.

  8. The Brexit Deal And Its Impact On The Pharmaceutical Industry
    11/30/2018

    According to trade groups, approximately 45 million packs of medicines leave the U.K. for Europe every month, and 37 million go in the opposite direction. In a year, that’s almost 1 billion packs of medicines. What those borders would look like after a Brexit deal would significantly impact major industries in the U.K. and EU economies.

  9. Biopharma Quality Systems Need Revamp To Accommodate Digital Health Tech
    11/28/2018

    As biopharmaceutical companies develop and market more medical devices and combination products with digital health components, the FDA and industry experts caution about regulatory and business risks.

  10. Top 5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of A Supplier Audit
    11/27/2018

    Your outsourcing may come in the form of manufacturing of a sterile injectable, tablets, or topical dosage form or it may be GMP product release and stability testing. The product may need to be stored under controlled temperature and humidity conditions and then distributed to locations around the globe. The suppliers you choose to execute these critical operations are of paramount importance to your company’s success.