In the first part of this two-part article, we looked at how dependent the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain is on critical ingredients produced in China and India and the risk that could pose to the nation’s drug supply. In this article, we will examine potential solutions to mitigate those risks and ensure the nation’s drug supply is secure.
Process validation has been at the center of attention of regulators and parenteral industry practitioners for years — more than 40 years to be exact. This article will look at how process validation evolved to become the primary means of ensuring consistent, high-quality production of parenterals.
There are gaps in our country’s collective knowledge required to determine the severity of the current pandemic’s risk to our supply chain for drugs. Undoubtedly, these gaps will remain, leaving questions that need to be answered and will, hopefully, serve as a road map for legislators and advocates of the industry.
Despite its (apparently) trivial formulation, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is one of the most misleading key performance indicators ever used in the manufacturing world. This article examines five common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when dealing with OEE.
As pharmaceutical products have become more complex, many companies have become bogged down in accomplishing their primary mission of launching new products by complex regulatory requirements, convoluted management approaches, and inefficient resources and methods that add time and cost to moving new products from research to the patients.
COVID-19 has caused an increase in demand for APIs and drugs; those used as antimalarials are seeing the highest demand, followed by bronchodilators, antibiotics, and antivirals. This article reviews the drugs and API in demand globally, with assessments of their supply status in India and China.
During a recent Halloran Virtual Town Hall meeting, a panel of experts to share what they are seeing in terms of regulatory activity, as some cases are receiving expedited feedback, while others are experiencing delays in reviews and receipt of commentary from the FDA. This article presents some key insights from the panel’s experience conducting regulatory activities during the pandemic.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, we have all heard it: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This article focuses on transferring basic aseptic techniques and good hygiene practices learned in the pharmaceutical industry to help you dodge the COVID-19 bullet.
Any time a contractor or CMO is used, including arrangements between different divisions of the same company, regardless of the location of the parties involved, there should be a quality agreement in place.
This article describes a practical risk-based approach for assessing and identifying the surfaces, areas, or sites of manufacturing and packaging equipment that are cleaned upon completion of oral solid dosage manufacturing production.