COVID-19

24
Feb
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Staying Ahead of SARS-CoV-2 Variants as You Develop Your Monoclonal Antibody Products

As we have seen in the news lately, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spinning out new variants as it replicates in infected individuals.  Some of these new variants have been found to be more infectious (and possibly more pathogenic) than the initial virus that first entered the human population.  The good news is that the FDA […]

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19
Jan

Outlining COVID-19 Safety Expectations for ANDA BE Studies

On January 15, 2021, the FDA issued the guidance titled “Protecting Participants in Bioequivalence Studies for Abbreviated New Drug Applications During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency”.  This guidance provides recommendations to study sponsors for the continuation or initiation of their bioequivalence (BE) studies during this COVID-19 public health emergency.  As is no surprise, FDA clearly […]

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30
Sep

Ensuring Manufacturing Continuity for Essential Medicines

John Darby, M.Sc., Senior Director of Lachman Consultants, wrote a recent article for Contract Pharma applying the principles of Quality Risk Management to get medicines to market faster. Here is a brief excerpt from the article: “As vaccine development progresses globally to address the coronavirus pandemic, assurance of manufacturing capability to address supply needs is […]

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14
Sep

Current Coronavirus Factoids

The FDA has been more than busy in its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here is an update as of September 11, 2020 regarding some of the statistics the FDA has presented. The FDA has: Authorized 247 tests under emergency use authorizations (EUAs), of these: 197 are molecular tests 46 are antibody tests 4 […]

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24
Aug

After Some Missteps on EUAs, FDA’s Action on Convalescent Plasma Has the Science Behind It

Clearly, the FDA has acted too early on Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for a few COVID-19 tests and products.  The flurry of revocations of EUAs for tests that were deemed not reliable have cause a sputter in the onset of testing ramp up.  Another specific example was the FDA’s EUA for hydroxychloroquine, which left many […]

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04
Aug

Pharma’s Fight Against the Coronavirus Pandemic

A look at the pharma industry’s concerted effort to develop vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and therapeutics to treat COVID-19. Contract Pharma recently published an article authored by Keith O. Webber, Lachman Consultants. He says, “Although we are faced with significant challenges, hopefully the recently published guidance documents from the FDA in conjunction with the […]

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15
Jun

FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for Chloroquine Phosphate and Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate

In an FDA new release (here), the Agency announced that it was pulling its EUA saying they “determined that the legal criteria for issuing an EUA are no longer met”.  The Agency took this action after a review of the current state of knowledge on the two drugs relative to their unproven efficacy and serious […]

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