09
Nov

CDER Advisory Committee Votes to Progress Quality Management Maturity

Is a mature pharmaceutical quality system really a competitive advantage?  The industry held this as a belief, but progress in a tangible program was always elusive.  On  November 2nd, the CDER’s advisory committee, Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee (PSCP‑AC), voted to establish a Quality Management Maturity (QMM) program to incentivize investments in mature […]

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07
Nov

The ISPE Annual Meeting Highlights Quality’s Mandate in the Age of Digitization

This year’s ISPE Annual Meeting and Expo in Orlando highlighted a number of key topics and trends in our industry’s digitization journey. These covered everything from industry progress with manufacturing and laboratory automation and digitization to trends in new technologies like blockchain and ways to modernize quality organization and systems to be digital future ready. […]

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28
Sep

Know Your Systems!

It is evident from reviewing recent health agency citations that the FDA expects that firms have a deep understanding of any systems that generate data/records and that this is reflected in the firm’s lifecycle management of those systems. What does that mean, in a practical sense? Well, a component of this understanding must extend to […]

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31
Aug
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System and Sample Suitability – Know the Whole Story!

Within the draft ICH Q14 “Analytical Procedure Development” guidance document (here), Section 6 refers to  the Analytical Procedure Control Strategy. This should be developed prior to and confirmed via Analytical Method Validation. A key component of the Analytical Procedure Control Strategy is System Suitability (SST), but the guidance document also makes reference to sample suitability: […]

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16
May

The Significance of Data Invalidation

When reviewing health agency citations, investigators are naturally concerned when observing cases of data invalidation during investigations and may well question the motives/justification accordingly. This can lead to some uncomfortable exchanges between firms and health agencies! So how should a laboratory protect themselves from such a situation? First, you want to ensure that, per your […]

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22
Jul
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FDA Field Alert Reports (FARs) far from Clear – Maybe This Will Help

The FDA issued its final guidance on Field Alert Reports (FARs) today (here).  This guidance finalizes the draft guidance of the same title issued on July 19, 2018. FARs have been the subject of much misunderstanding and interpretation regarding when, what, how, and where reports should be sent.  I can’t tell you how many times […]

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21
Jul
Digital or electronic thermometer with high temperature 98,6 Fahrenheit in doctors hand. Doctor or nurse in protective PPE suit, face mask, safety googles and rubber gloves demonstrates temperature caused by covid 19, coronavirus or Sars-Cov-2

Domestic Inspections Back to Normal – Mission Critical Still for Foreign In-person Reviews

With the news that domestic inspections are back on track the question comes with what is the backlog and how long will it take to slug through the outstanding inspections work?  Question number 2 is then what do we anticipate seeing from these new domestic inspections? With it being over a year+ (March 2020) since […]

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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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