Science & Technology

07
Apr
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How Do Bad Facts Become Fake News and Possibly Worse?

Oftentimes, we hear startling statistics that make us shiver and can cause a knee jerk reaction.  Much has been written about the quantity of drugs that come from overseas, and the push for moving manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and finished dosage forms (FDF) back into the U.S.  While bringing jobs back to the […]

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07
Apr

In Case You Did Not Know – Lachman Consultants Offers Remote Training Options

Training of employees remains a hallmark of the industry’s ability to deliver high quality medicines, devices, and diagnostics.  Training is a crucial activity, now, more than ever, in this rapidly changing environment. During this period of social distancing, when the experts cannot travel to your site to perform training, that does not mean that this […]

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02
Apr

Ranitidine Market Withdrawal Mandated by FDA

These days, everybody’s attention is focused is focused on COVID-19.  However, that does not mean that the issues that the FDA was struggling with prior to the pandemic have disappeared.  In fact, some rather major news regarding nitrosamine impurities was announced by the FDA yesterday (and it wasn’t an April Fools’ Day stunt!). Yesterday, the […]

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18
Mar

Mission Critical Only Inspections Starting on March 19

On March 10, 2020 FDA announced it was postponing all foreign inspections and on March 18, 2020, only 8 days later, FDA announced it was also stopping all domestic inspections unless mission critical until such time as it is deemed safe for FDA employees and their families as well as the employees of the firms […]

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24
Feb
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Glimpses of What’s Ahead – FY 2019 GDUFA Science and Research Report

The FDA issued its Fiscal Year (FY) GDUFA Science and Research Report last week (read the full report here and the awarded research contracts and grants here).  A review of the innovative scientific focus areas helps those of us in the industry to get a sense of where the FDA is headed in support of […]

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10
Feb
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The Importance of Sampling Plans for Uniformity of Dosage Testing

Numerous health authorities have cited companies for inadequate sampling plans of finished drug products. A recent 483 issued to a finished drug‑product firm specifically mentions the firm’s lack of a scientifically sound statistical sampling plan during production of all strengths of its drug product.  The FDA also mentions that this firm uses content uniformity results […]

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17
Jan
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“Complete” Means “Complete”

“Complete” seems like a simple unambiguous word.  So why do so many firms struggle with complying with the following two predicate rules of cGMP compliance? 21 CFR 211.188 Batch production and control records (here) “Batch production and control records shall be prepared for each batch of drug product produced and shall include complete information relating to the […]

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08
Jan

The Role of Risk Assessment within Data Integrity

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a draft guidance document titled “Guideline on Data Integrity” (October 2019) and within the document there is the statement: “Quality risk management (QRM), control strategies and sound scientific principles are required to mitigate such (Data Integrity) risks” and then further it states: “application of QRM with identification of all […]

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10
Dec
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Woodcock and Churchward Give Stimulating Presentations at Last Week’s ISPE Global Regulatory Summit

The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) held their premier Global Pharmaceutical Regulatory Summit conference this past Thursday and Friday (December 5 – 6, 2019) in Bethesda, MD.  The theme of this year’s conference was “Igniting Innovation in Development & Quality During Lifecycle Management”.  The conference opened with excellent keynote presentation from Janet Woodcock (Director […]

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