The clinical trials enterprise has long assumed that when it comes to ensuring trial quality, data is king and more is better. Not only was it considered essential to gather detailed data on every aspect of a clinical trial, but that data had to be double-entered, checked, queried, cleaned, and validated.
The hurricane season of 2017 will be remembered as one of the worst, with some of the strongest tropical cyclones ever witnessed creating havoc in the Atlantic basin.
In October 2017, the watchdog group Center for Responsible Science (CRS), along with clinical trial participants and the father of a deceased trial participant, grabbed headlines when it filed a lawsuit against the FDA. The suit takes aim at informed consent regulations, seeking to ensure that potential trial participants receive sufficient information to truly evaluate the risks and benefits of participating in a drug trial.
The new year is just around the corner, signaling a fresh start and new beginning. Janus, the Roman god of new beginnings and namesake of the month of January, likely inspired our familiar tradition of reflection and resolution this time of year. Janus had two faces, which allowed him to look backward to the past and forward to the future.
This two-part article focuses on risk management of facilities and equipment. It describes how a risk-based approach to facilities and equipment management fits into an integrated, effective quality systems structure. The principles discussed are equally applicable to all quality systems. The focus is on facilities and equipment because they represent a broad range of risk to product quality and are one of the key quality systems commonly identified in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
The story is a common one. Your organization has just acquired a new asset and you are responsible for finding the custom development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that is going to take you all the way to commercialization. The hard part is over, right? If only it were that simple. The process of selecting your partner is more than just drafting an agreement; it is a complex give and take that relies on clear expectations and communication.
Adopting a life cycle management approach will assist in identifying risk factors and constraints and provide structure and control, with a clearly defined methodology to identify and mitigate risk.
The past several years have brought significant changes to the clinical trial landscape. Mergers and acquisitions, new players, the rapid proliferation of technology, increased patient advocacy, and new regulatory guidelines have added to the complexity of trials and burdened resource-strapped leaders with additional challenges and risks.