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  1. 2019 U.S. State Policy Trends Impacting Pharma Manufacturers
    7/31/2019

    If the activity happening in state legislatures across the country heralds change at the federal level — and it likely does — pharmaceutical manufacturers ought to buckle their seatbelts.

  2. How To Prepare For An FDA Inspection
    7/29/2019

    An FDA inspection is very different than an ISO certification or surveillance audit — too often, organizations “prepare” for scheduled ISO audits by playing catch-up on activities that have been neglected or otherwise overlooked. The catch-up strategy will be problematic for FDA inspections.

  3. Is Continuous Manufacturing A Good Fit For Generic Drug Products?
    7/25/2019

    Continuous manufacturing (CM), though well recognized by regulators and technology providers as a means to improve product quality, has seen a slow pace of adoption within the generic manufacturing sector. This article discusses the challenges and mitigation strategies for adoption of CM by generic drug product manufacturers.

  4. 3 Surefire Approaches To SOP Harmonization
    7/25/2019

    We seem to be buried in standard operating procedures (SOPs). So how the heck are companies supposed to make the SOP mountain smaller through harmonization?

  5. Next Steps For Serialization In The Pharma Supply Chain
    7/22/2019

    The industry has made unprecedented progress and addressed several challenges to ensure compliance with global pharmaceutical serialization and traceability requirements. While these requirements contain further regulatory milestones on the horizon, manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, and other parties in the pharmaceutical supply chain must systematically adopt serialization in their normal business operations.

  6. 4 Trends In Recent FDA Warning Letters To OTC Drugmakers — And How To Avoid Them
    7/19/2019

    A recent flurry of warning letters issued to manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) drug and health products has revealed similar deficiencies related to current good manufacturing practice (GMP) and quality management expectations.

  7. 4 (More) Microbiological Root Cause Analyses Lessons From Sherlock Holmes
    7/17/2019

    Bias can take many forms and is often not easily recognized by an investigator. Sherlock Holmes was keenly aware of bias' potential impacts. Applying more of Holmes’ famous observations and investigative principles can uncover hidden bias and greatly increase an investigator’s chance of finding that elusive definitive root cause.

  8. 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. 

  9. Equipment Change Control For GMP Production Facilities — Proving It All Works
    7/10/2019

    The first article in this two-part series outlined the six primary stages of equipment change control and discussed the first two stages: (1) determining the equipment utility/IT requirements and (2) pre-installation assessment, utility evaluation, and remediation. This article describes the final four stages of this process: (3) evaluating the impact of new equipment installation on previously validated utilities, (4) executing validations for new equipment, (5) review of equipment turn-over packages and validation reports, and (6) performing change control effectiveness checks.

  10. 4 Key Usability Considerations For Biopharmaceutical Delivery Device Design
    7/9/2019

    Often, the last thing on the minds of drug development teams working is the human factors engineering (HFE) performance of the drug delivery devices that will ultimately deliver their innovative medications to patients. Yet, such an oversight can cause major delays in delivering these new medications to market.