Continuous Manufacturing and its Regulatory Challenge

So, what is the buzz about continuous manufacturing (CM)? What benefits does it bring to the manufacturer and what are the regulatory challenges? The author of this Contract Pharma article, José L. Toro, Ph.D. of Lachman Consultants, discusses the current thinking on the benefits of CM and the regulatory hurdles a manufacturer has to overcome. [...]
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Extraneous Chromatographic Peaks – What’s a Lab to Do?

Recently, the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) announced a three-month public consultation period on a proposal to change the approach to impurity reporting thresholds for drug products and drug substance monographs[i].  This activity is part of the USP-NF’s ongoing efforts to ensure that monographs reflect technical advances and current regulatory expectations. 

Bioanalytical Laboratories:  What to Do with Variable Internal Standard Response?

For all Sponsors submitting INDs, NDAs, ANDAs, BLAs, and supplements, and the bioanalytical laboratories analyzing and reporting the data to support these submissions, the FDA just issued its Guidance for Industry, “Evaluation of Internal Standard Responses During Chromatographic Bioanalysis: Questions and Answers.”  The Q&A guidance contains five questions, along with the Agency’s current thinking on each topic. 

Laboratory Instrument Calibration – Are You Covered?

It is paramount that a Quality Control laboratory has a calibration and preventative maintenance program for the laboratory instrumentation so that there is assurance that the instrumentation continues to be “fit for purpose” and that there is confidence in the accuracy and reliability of all analytical instruments.  There should be a controlled, comprehensive list of the instrumentation within the laboratory,

More is Not Always Better – Extra Testing

When it comes to ice cream and desserts, I must admit the more the better in my opinion.  The same, however, doesn’t hold true for laboratory testing and the resultant data.  All testing performed and data generated must be accountable to ensure the integrity of the data.  Performing extra testing, even if with all good intentions,

Ready or Not Here They Come – Lab Regulatory Inspections

Like death and taxes, eventually every pharmaceutical testing laboratory will get a regulatory agency inspection.  The anticipation of a regulatory inspection will instill great angst even within the most compliant laboratories.  The anticipated inspection might be a periodic inspection, but most often is a Pre-Approval Inspection (PAI).  The anxiety about an impending inspection often triggers a request for an independent third-party audit of the facility including the laboratory.

More Time Needed for Comments on Continuous Manufacturing Draft Guidance  

The pre-publication page of the Federal Register Notice posted today (here) a reopening of the comment period for the draft guidance Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing which was originally released February 27, 2019.  That guidance can be found here  .

While some (but not too many) firms have embraced the concept of continuous manufacturing,

USP Chapter <197> Spectroscopy Identification Tests – Controlling Your Identities!

This post was co-authored by Thu Truong, J.D., Senior Associate, Science and Technology Group, and Ron George, Ph.D, Director, Science and Technology Group

Prior to USP 42 – NF 37 (effective April 30, 2019), USP Chapter <197>, Spectroscopy Identification Tests, stated, “The IR absorption spectrum of a substance, compared with that obtained concomitantly for the corresponding USP Reference Standard,

The Treasure Map to Biosimilarity Just Got More Granular

The FDA’s recently published draft guidance titled Development of Therapeutic Protein Biosimilars: Comparative Analytical Assessment and other Quality-Related Considerations (here) is a significant improvement over the withdrawn 2012 guidance (i.e., Quality Considerations in Demonstrating Biosimilarity to a Reference Protein Product) that it replaced.  The increased level of detail and wider breadth of topics gives a significantly better view of the information that the Agency wishes to see in a BLA for a biosimilar product. 

Generics and the News – Bad Start to the Week or Just Business as Usual?

From the news stories on the price fixing suits, to the reported revelations about quality in the generic drug industry, or to the publication of a book titled “Bottle of Lies”, it has not been a good start to the news cycle for the generic drug industry this week.  The report on price fixing was met with a response to 60 Minutes May 12,

Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance Hits the Street

The issue of the use of biosimilars and their uptake in the market has been a discussion point since the first biosimilar was approved in 2015.  Today, the FDA issued a long-awaited guidance on how a firm can demonstrate interchangeability of a biosimilar to its reference licensed product. The guidance is titled Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability With a Reference Product (which is a bit confusing as it applies only to biosimilars) and can be found here.

Have You Visited the Newly Designed FDA Website?

Well, for us old folks, change is always something that makes us queasy.  The newly-designed FDA website stirred those feeling all over again as we try to navigate the new links and find the information that was once at our fingertips (or at least in our bookmarks).  There were some wrong turns and some dead links along the way,

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OBSERVATIONS AND INSIGHTS FROM ISPE 2019

As always, Lachman Consultants looks to provide excellence in all phases of serving our clients’ needs, so we paid close attention to the various speakers, panels and general goings-on at the 2019 ISPE Europe meeting to take the pulse of the industry.  We also spoke to many of the show’s attendees, and the takeaways from our many observations and conversations covered a variety of topics.  

Bioanalytical Workshop Generates Question on FDA vs. ICH Guidance

The 13th annual WRIB (Workshop on Recent Issues of Bioanalysis) was held in New Orleans, LA this week and is wrapping up today.  The workshop was well represented by regulators and industry (both from Pharma and CROs), with numerous discussions and topics for the bioanalysis of small and large molecules.  Presentations covered the full spectrum of bioanalysis from recently issued guidance documents (both draft and final),