This article is the first in a two-part series explaining how to successfully harmonize disparate quality systems when two companies merge. Here in Part 1, we will focus on what not to do when reconciling two quality systems, providing real-life examples — drawn from the author’s experiences — from each phase of QMS harmonization.
As we face our latest pandemic threat, the need to have a well-defined and tested business continuity management plan in place cannot be overemphasized. Beyond state and national preparedness plans, organizations should be actively evaluating their continuity plans, especially when it comes to strategic contract service providers and partners, to ensure there is a reasonable mitigation plan in place.
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.
For medical product developers, the role of the caregiver is increasing as innovation advances. Caregivers may provide input on clinical trial concepts, protocol design, informed consent creation, and may also improve clinical trial recruitment and retention.
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.
Pivotal first meetings with sponsor representatives or investigational sites set the precedent for future relationship development. They often serve as the introductory vehicle for key study players and require finesse to ensure success. For these reasons, all early interactions are something sponsor companies should pay close attention to.
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.
Quality, as it relates to clinical trials, is defined as an absence of errors that matter to decision-making. Therefore, quality by design (QbD) literally translates into an absence of errors that matter to decision-making by design. This proactive approach to quality continues to gain global and regulatory support. In fact, on May 8, 2019, the International Council for Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) released a draft revision of ICH E8 (R1), General Considerations for Clinical Studies.
It can be overwhelming to keep up with the rapid pace of health technology advancement; in many ways, it feels like we’re just along for the ride. Let’s fast forward and take a look into three key areas of innovation that are forcing us to face and embrace a changing technological landscape in clinical research.
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.