pharma from the editor

  1. Aggregation 101: Connecting The Dots Between Pharma Serialization And Track-And-Trace
    8/19/2019

    From “serialization” to “coding” to “track-and-trace,” the pharmaceutical industry is rampant with terms that point to the quest for transparency. The latest of these is “aggregation,” a burgeoning method of data collection aimed at simplifying inventory and the supply chain. While still in its infancy, the technique can help to combat counterfeiting, theft, inefficiencies, and confusion as a whole. Yet, with every new process comes challenges, requiring manufacturers considering aggregation to seek best practices for implementation.

  2. Decoding FDA’s Refuse To Receive (RTR) Standards For ANDA Submissions
    8/14/2019

    Though the FDA has laid down clear steps for abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) submissions, applicants still struggle with the procedural challenges in preparing and submitting their applications. As such, it is important to dig deeper into the process and understand the possible reasons why the FDA may refuse to approve — or even refuse to receive (RTR) — an ANDA submission.

  3. 4 (More) Critical Considerations For Drug Delivery Device Development
    8/12/2019

    Today, injection devices are a staple among biologic and other pharmaceutical products. With the exception of oncology products, the majority of biologic products today are launched as some form of combination product, which are stringently regulated by the FDA through 21 CFR Part 4. This article looks at important manufacturing, packaging, and other factors that developers of combination products must consider and why they need to be considered early in the device development program.

  4. What Organizational Design Says About Your Commitment To Data Integrity
    8/8/2019

    Understanding how to be appropriately staffed and being prepared to explain any perception of inequity could mean the difference between success and failure of appropriate data integrity in both regulatory compliance and product support.

  5. Asia Bioprocessing Capacity Trends: Overall Growth, But Cell Therapy Shortages Loom
    8/8/2019

    Overall, the growth in Asia’s bioprocessing capacity, particularly in China, has been impressive, albeit from a low baseline. Capacity growth over the past five years has been over 20 percent annually. New facility construction and expansions reflect the demand for biologics for domestic consumption, while other facilities are beginning to develop manufacturing strategies for GMP production for major markets, with capacity involving commercial-scale stainless steel and single-use bioreactors.

  6. Does A Phase 1 Virtual Biopharma Company Need A cGMP Quality System?
    8/7/2019

    Virtual pharmaceutical/biotech companies often receive conflicting advice regarding the need to establish an internal cGMP quality system. Either they’re told “you need an extensive set of cGMP SOPs” or “you don’t need any cGMP SOPs at all.” Which advice is correct?

  7. 4 Important Things To Consider Before Developing A Drug Delivery Device
    8/6/2019

    This is Part 1 of a two-part article discussing important areas to consider when developing devices for combination products — and why they need to be addressed early in development.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 and will generally result in inspectional observations.

  10. 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.