pharma from the editor

  1. Process Characterization: The Foundation For Validation

    Process characterization is the foundation for process validation activities. Too often, validation activities fail due to the lack of process characterization using sound statistical and scientific methods, including design of experiments (DOE).

  2. People: The Most Persistent Risk To Data Integrity

    Regardless of the maturity of an organization’s data integrity practices, the people component remains the greatest risk. The important thing for individual contributors, operational managers, and executive leaders to remember is that data integrity evolves.

  3. Pigeons In The Plant: 10 Real-Life Pharma Facility Blunders (And How To Avoid Them)

    There are many ways to tackle pharmaceutical facility design, engineering, building, and production, and each plant has its own methods and culture. However, there are situations we have come across where we really scratch our heads and say, “What did they just do, and what were they thinking?” This article describes a series of events or activities that we have seen and, while they are amusing or baffling, they reveal the flaws in our industry.

  4. SOP Remediation: When Reinventing The Wheel Is The Best Approach

    There is a growing industry focus on standard operating procedure (SOP) remediation. Although outsourcing, mergers, and acquisitions have been in play for the last 20 years, these activities seem to be skyrocketing, which is creating quite a few scenarios that drive the need for SOP remediation.

  5. What Can We Learn From Compounding Pharmacies Producing Small Parenteral Batches?

    Does the pharmaceutical industry want to sit on the sidelines while its products are being manipulated and modified — a danger? Or will the industry provide its products in a manner or with the tools that will enable compounding pharmacies to succeed in delivering a safe and effective drug to the patient — an opportunity?

  6. 4 Tips For Successful Collaboration With Your EU Qualified Person (QP)

    Qualified Persons (QPs) are responsible for the certification of clinical trial materials in the EU and therefore are an essential link in U.S. sponsors’ supply chains. Indeed, engaging QPs well before the clinical trial material needs to be certified not only assures a smooth release process and trial start-up but mitigates pitfalls associated with unanticipated technical, quality, and regulatory challenges.

  7. Debunking The Top 3 Myths About Quality By Design (QbD)

    Pharmaceutical quality by design (QbD) and quality risk management (QRM) principles have become mainstays in pharmaceutical development. However, several myths are prevalent that prevent wider acceptance of the concepts by smaller firms. The lack of understanding of pertinent quality by design methods prevents smaller firms from benefiting from the majority of what QbD offers.

  8. New EMA Requirements On Nitrosamines: What ALL Pharma Needs To Know

    The EMA recently issued two new publications containing information on nitrosamines for marketing authorization holders (MAHs). Every MAH and manufacturer of chemically synthesized APIs and resulting drug products should carefully read the new EMA expectations on potential nitrosamine contamination.

  9. Closing Quality Gaps: 7 Steps To Properly Resource A Remediation Project

    In the interest of saving time and getting projects underway as quickly as possible, teams often rely on ad hoc resource allocation and a naively hopeful attitude about who is qualified and capable of bringing the plan to life.

  10. Achieving Integrated Quality Through A Continued Process Verification Program

    Continued process verification (CPV) is not only required for companies but also is a good investment in product quality and setting the foundation for continuous improvement.