pharma from the editor

  1. How Pharma Manufacturers Must Prepare For The New EU MDR And IVDR Environment
    10/16/2019

    Pharmaceutical companies producing combination products or companion diagnostics may not have a clear idea of how the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the EU In Vitro Device Regulation (IVDR) will effect their products. However, under the new regulations, no medical device will escape regulatory scrutiny, regardless of whether its function is central or ancillary to the drug product.

  2. An Introduction To Prefilled Syringe Selection — Prefilled Syringes With Staked-In Needles
    10/15/2019

    This is the second part of a two-part article exploring various types of prefilled syringes (PFSs) for biopharmaceutical products. Part 1 looked at needle-free and dual-chamber prefilled syringes, discussing the important aspects of those devices. In this part, we will examine the various aspects of prefilled syringes with staked-in needles and their impacts. We will conclude with some general thoughts on vendor selection for successful partnership.

  3. ISO 22519: An Unnecessary, Faulty, And Confusing Standard
    10/11/2019

    The ISO Standard 22519 claims to be the new word in purified water (PW) compliance. In fact, the standard neither promotes innovation nor compliance. On the contrary, it brings confusion to those that are embarking on purified water production and use in the pharmaceutical industry.

  4. A Due Diligence Checklist For Leasing A Biotech Manufacturing Facility
    10/9/2019

    The road to successfully acquiring a property for a biotech startup is littered with potholes and barriers. After the operating organization decides that leasing is the most economical approach, the search should focus on the technical merit of the property and the features it offers. This article provides a technical due diligence checklist that the operating organization can use to frame its decision-making process.

  5. FDA FY2018 Drug Inspection Observations And Trends
    10/7/2019

    The FDA recently published GMP drug inspection data from CDER that addresses drug inspections conducted during the agency's 2018 fiscal year. This article examines the FY2018 data and evaluate six years’ worth of trends in FDA GMP inspection enforcement.

  6. Comparing New U.S. & EU Guidances On The Combination Product Approval Process
    10/4/2019

    The new EU draft guidance, Guideline on the quality requirements for drug-device combinations, and U.S. draft guidance, Principles of Premarket Pathways for Combination Products, are the latest attempts by each regulatory body to adequately regulate combination products. In Part 2 of this two-part series, we cover the European Union guidelines for combination products and show how the U.S. and the EU diverge.

  7. Facilitating Data Integrity Through Risk-Based Confirmation Of Performance
    10/2/2019

    We in pharma and biopharma are required to verify or check or double-check an action or event to be sure it was performed and performed correctly. But what do these words really mean? How do they differ in terms of their actual execution?

  8. Pharma 4.0: Building Quality Into Pharma Manufacturing, From Molecule To Medicine
    10/1/2019

    One of pharma’s greatest foibles as an industry has been the penchant to focus on the wrong things. We saw this with process analytical technology (PAT), where we focused on the design and implementation of the technology and ignored the impact of foundational material characterization and supplier control. Pharma 4.0 has the potential to fall into the same trap.

  9. An Intro To Prefilled Syringe Selection: Needle-Free And Dual-Chamber Devices
    9/30/2019

    This two-part article will provide an introduction to the three general prefilled syringe (PFS) types and will share important factors to take into consideration for your drug product. In this first part, we will discuss the needle-free PFS and the dual-chamber system.

  10. Danger Ahead: What Biotech Companies Need To Know About Leasing Space
    9/25/2019

    One of the most significant moves for a growing biotech or pharmaceutical company — sometimes considered as a graduation step — is the acquisition of property to conduct clinical trials and manufacture commercial products. In the first installment of this two-part series, we will explore what considerations companies need to make before they decide what type of property to pursue.