Fiscal year 2019 was a fascinating year for drug GMP warning letters in the diversity of topics addressed, depth of focus, and trends in enforcement actions. This article presents a comprehensive summary of the drug GMP warning letters issued in FY2019, including an evaluation of trends since FY2013.
While implementing online water bioburden analyzer (OWBA) technology might seem straightforward, several aspects of preparing microbial challenges can easily derail the best intended experimental design.
Our previous review of humorous and horrifying pharmaceutical facilities blunders Pigeons In The Plant: 10 Real-Life Pharma Facility Blunders (And How To Avoid Them) revealed our industry is flawed like any other. Here are some examples from the engineering side of the business.
At the behest of Congress, an inter-agency Drug Shortage Task Force, led by the FDA, recently published the “Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions” report. The very first root causes listed in the report are “economic forces,” indicating their undoubted primacy in the Task Force’s overall assumption as to their influence on drug shortages.
FDA requirements and compendial standards for pharmacy compounding and outsourcing continue to evolve, and the FDA has different requirements for products prepared through pharmacy compounding practices as compared to those manufactured for use in clinical studies.
Sponsors for insulins and other protein products originally submitted for premarket review under an NDA may be anticipating the arrival of March 23, 2020 with trepidation. On that date, the BPCIA requires that those NDA-approved products will be deemed to have a BLA approval instead of an NDA approval.
In this article we explore five important questions that can serve as a brief checklist to help drug companies both figure out and communicate their expectations to suppliers and understand their suppliers’ expectations.
The quality culture of the organization has a clear and direct impact on the ultimate quality of the product, where either the quality is built into the product or is tested against the product for acceptance. This article discusses several ideas for implementing a quality culture that is based on innovation while ensuring compliance with regulations.
The forced degradation study is a vital analytical aspect of the drug development program for small molecules. Commonly known as stress testing, it is carried out to demonstrate as specificity to developed a stability-indicating analytical method, using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). As per ICH Q1A, stability studies must be performed to propose the shelf life of new drug substances and/or drug products.
Cell and gene therapies have a level of complexity from a supply chain perspective that needs new approaches, including a high level of information sharing and integration. This topic was covered from different perspectives at two recent conferences.