Your manufacturing CMO has just announced that it is preparing to implement a new technology that will improve quality and save time and money. Now, you just need to figure out if you are able to align the needs of your product or products and get on board with the change. Innovation and improvement efforts need to consider all aspects of the impact, including quality and regulatory considerations, supply constraints, market constraints, and cost.
A recent U.S. FDA publication entitled The Future of Pharmaceutical Quality and the Path to Get There suggested that the future of pharmaceutical quality is Six Sigma, meaning that no more than 3.4 defects occur per million opportunities (at every manufacturing facility). The way to achieve this goal is to move from the current management standards to performance standards. The need for an additional incentive — the economic driver — was also recognized in the publication. The proposed path forward aims to achieve the long-standing vision of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER): “a maximally efficient, agile, flexible pharmaceutical manufacturing sector that reliably produces high-quality drugs without extensive regulatory oversight.”
There have been considerable updates in the Brexit situation since April 2017, including, the surprising result of the U.K. general election. If anything, news regarding Brexit and the biopharma industry has started to heat up in recent months, and there have been a number of relevant developments that manufacturers must keep their eye on.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has truly moved from concept to reality in the pharmaceutical industry. Many companies are already using AI to pour through mountains of scientific data in an effort to speed and improve the drug discovery process. And the technology is starting to find new applications in areas as diverse as regulatory/compliance, clinical trials, manufacturing, and supply chain.