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.
The life sciences industry and academic world seem to produce incredible scientific breakthroughs on a daily, if not hourly, basis these days. The pace of scientific breakthrough is mesmerizing, as a dazzling variety of technologies and studies have helped humans understand the underlying causes of disease. Whether those causes are genetic, environmental, or behavioral, it seems that we have an arsenal of tools to understand much more than ever how we can meet unmet human health needs.
Many people in our industry have had root cause analysis (RCA) training. It is aimed at helping people understand an issue and the underlying reasons it happened. Once you have those reasons (the “root causes”), you can act on them. This is the most effective way of trying to stop the same issue from recurring. And RCA is now a requirement for serious issues per ICH E6 (R2).
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.
There are many reasons for issues to crop up in a supply chain. For some, there aren’t realistic, economical work-arounds available to every company to mitigate all consequences.
In Oct. 2019, the FDA’s Drug Shortage Task Force published a report that identified root causes of drug shortages across the U.S. healthcare system and made recommendations for effectively resolving those underlying issues. This article summarizes the report’s findings and discusses potential next steps the FDA may take.