18
Mar

COVID-19 and Impact for Ongoing Clinical Trials – FDA Provides Guidance

With social distancing, borders closing, people self-quarantining at home, traveler screenings at airports, and people just trying to get home from abroad, perhaps only those contemplating starting or having an ongoing clinical study are thinking about or asking for guidance about what to do with clinical studies, while many of us are simply worried about […]

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13
Feb
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What Is It? – Identity Testing Re-visited

In earlier blogs, we have written about specific technical items related to identity testing.  However, a review of Warning Letters published on the US FDA website for the months of December 2019 and January 2020, revealed three Warning Letters citing instances of failures to perform identity testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients prior to the manufacturing […]

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12
Feb
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Promoting Confidence Through Product Quality – OPQ 2019 Annual Report

   The FDA’s Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) is the group within the FDA that defines the quality requirements for all human drugs under its umbrella (filed as NDAs, ANDAs, BLAs, 351(k)/Biosimilars, and OTC products).  The group issued its 2019 Annual Report just this month (read the full report here) that includes a look back […]

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04
Dec
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Novel Excipients – FDA Evaluates a Novel Program

Excipients are components used and intentionally added to a drug product with no expectation that they will have a therapeutic effect.  A novel excipient is one that has never been used and “reviewed in an FDA approved drug product or does not have an established use in foods”.  Since the beginning of time, the Agency […]

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