11
Jun
Interesting Facts from Fiscal Year 2023 Report on the State of Pharmaceutical Quality - Lachman Blog

Interesting Facts from Fiscal Year 2023 Report on the State of Pharmaceutical Quality

Each year, the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) releases a report on the state of pharmaceutical quality. This year’s report was released yesterday and can be found here. Every year we try to pick out key issues and highlight some of the statistics outlined in the report, and this year is no different! Some important […]

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30
May

The Future of Visual Inspection 

It’s fascinating to see the evolution and potential future of visual inspection in the pharmaceutical industry. The shift from manual methods to cutting-edge automated systems with artificial intelligence has significantly improved efficiency, accuracy, and reliability in product inspections. By leveraging AI technology in visual inspections, pharmaceutical companies can benefit from enhanced defect detection capabilities, greater […]

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29
May
Biosimilar Switching – RWD Evidence Supports Center for Biosimilars Contention - Lachman Blog2

Biosimilar Switching – RWD Evidence Supports Center for Biosimilars Contention

A May 28, 2024 review article by Skylar Jeremias titled, “New Evidence Confirms Safe Biosimilar-to-Biosimilar Switching” (here), supports the fact that switching between biologics and biosimilars or from one biosimilar to another does not present a problem. The article states “[S]ince the July 2022 publication of the first systematic review of biosimilar-to-biosimilar switching, the European […]

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01
May
Are You Still Using Your Grandma’s Container-Closure Integrity Approach - Lachman Blog

Are You Still Using Your Grandma’s Container-Closure Integrity Approach?

Container Closure Integrity (CCI) testing is a central aspect of contamination control for a product. Contamination control strategy begins with the design, qualification, and validation of a facility, equipment, and processes. Product containers and closures are a crucial element of contamination control. Package integrity is the ability of the package to prevent loss, maintain sterility, […]

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12
Mar
What is the new FDA Guidance on Q14 Analytical Procedure Development - Lachman Blog

What is the new FDA Guidance on Q14 Analytical Procedure Development?

On March 7, 2024, the FDA adopted ICH Guideline Q14 Analytical Procedure Development, which became official on November 1, 2023. This guidance complements updated ICH Guideline Q2(R2) Validation of Analytical Procedures, which also became official on November 1, 2023 and was adopted by the FDA on March 6, 2024. The Q14 guidance (here) combines a science- and risk-based approach […]

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01
Mar
AI Laws on the Move - Lachman Blog

AI Laws on the Move

Is your firm preparing for the wave of AI regulations, laws, white papers, and regulatory guidances? As reported in a previous Lachman blog, EU Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act: Impact on Pharma and MedTech, laws are emerging, but can companies keep up with the pace? Last year, the EU did what the U.S. has not been […]

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20
Feb
FDA Goes Back to Basics with Multiple Observations for Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol - Lachman Blog

FDA Goes Back to Basics with Multiple Observations for Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol

In 2022, there were six Warning Letters and five 483 observations for issues relating to Diethylene Glycol (DEG) and Ethylene Glycol (EG). In 2023, there were thirty-six Warning Letters and nineteen 483 observations for DEG and EG concerns. So far this year (mid-February 2024), there have already been three Warning Letters containing observations for DEG […]

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16
Feb
Do You Know Your Product’s Impurity Profile - Lachman Blog

Do You Know Your Product’s Impurity Profile?

ICH Q7 refers to the need to establish the impurity profile for an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API): “An impurity profile describing the identified and unidentified impurities present in a typical batch produced by a specific controlled production process should normally be established for each API. The impurity profile should include the identity or some qualitative […]

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06
Feb
Paper clipboard with text POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

CARES ACT – 2024 Update – Big News!

Since the implementation of the CARES Act reporting requirement, the question continues to be asked: Is it really a requirement?  The answer is yes, and now it is no longer recommended, but is stated as “should” in the newly published Final version of the Guidance for Industry (GFI) “Reporting Amount of Listed Drugs and Biological […]

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