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  • How AI Tools Will Transform Quality Management in the Life Sciences, Part 2

    12 July 2018 by Jerry Chapman, GMP Consultant and Editor-in-chief, Xavier Health

    The second part of a two-part blog post that examines the importance of the emerging technology of artificial intelligence and the potential is has to bring about a massive shift in quality management for pharma and medical device manufacturers. Xavier Health takes a closer look on how to prepare and assess the readiness of your company to implement AI.

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  • How AI Tools Will Transform Quality Management in the Life Sciences, Part 1

    10 July 2018 by Jerry Chapman, GMP Consultant and Editor-in-chief, Xavier Health

    FDA officials believe that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to bring about a step change in quality management in the pharma and medical device industries. Xavier Health has assembled a team of multidisciplinary experts to take a closer at the possibilities and roadblocks AI presents to quality management in both industries. Part 1 of a two-part series.

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  • What Biotech Startups Need to Do to Slay the Competition

    21 June 2018 by Matthew M. Lowe, Executive Vice President of MasterControl

    Venture capitalists have pumped $2.8 billion into biotechnology startups in the first two months of this year alone. This means two things if you’re a startup. First, expect fierce competition because a huge capital pool attracts the very best in the industry. Second, this kind of investor confidence requires that you hit the ground running.

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  • 2018’s Top Clinical Pharma/Bio Trends to Date

    20 June 2018 by James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Economic, technological, policy and scientific changes occur so frequently in the hypercompetitive pharmaceutical and biologics sectors that only the most versatile and far-sighted companies can thrive. Get the inside scoop on the top five clinical trends experts believe will be the difference between success or failure for pharma/bio organizations.

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  • Australia Offers Wave of Potential for Pharma, Medical Device Manufacturers

    13 June 2018 by Mike Rigert, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Australasia is quickly becoming a hotbed for life sector manufacturers including pharmaceutial and medical device companies from around the globe seeking regulatory approval for their products and other opportunities. Find out why.

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  • FDA Backs Cannabis-Based Drug to Treat Kids With Epilepsy

    5 June 2018 by Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Is the U.S. FDA about to approve the first cannabis-derived drug to win federal approval? In a recent FDA Advisory Committee meeting, a teenage boy addressed committee members. Sam, an epilepsy patient, was the first U.S. citizen to try Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived drug. Read about the future of medical marijuana.

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  • FDA Experts Give Top 10 FDA GMP Inspection Citations for FY 2017, Part 2

    24 May 2018 by Jerry Chapman, Editor-in-chief, Xavier Health, and GMP Quality Consultant

    Experts at the FDA/Xavier PharmLink conference at Xavier University in March 2018 presented and analyzed the FDA's top 10 drug GMP inspection citations for FY2017 during a panel discussion. The second part of a two-part series.

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  • FDA Experts Give Top 10 FDA GMP Inspection Citations for FY 2017, Part 1

    22 May 2018 by Jerry Chapman, Editor-in-chief, Xavier Health, and GMP Quality Consultant

    Experts at the FDA/Xavier PharmLink conference at Xavier University in March 2018 presented and analyzed the FDA's top 10 drug GMP inspection citations for FY2017 during a panel discussion. The first part of a two-part series.

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  • 7 Ways to Reduce Human Error on the Drug and Device Manufacturing Floors

    18 May 2018 Ginette Colazzo, President, Ginette M. Collazo Human Reliability Consultancy

    As technology advances, human error in manufacturing becomes more and more visible every day. Human error is responsible for more than 80 percent of failures and defects. Sadly, little is known about the nature of these events mainly because the quest for answers ends where human error investigations should begin. This situation has become very evident to regulators and GMP enforcement agencies are being more critical of the approach, result, and effectiveness of corrective and preventive actions or CAPAs when dealing with human performance issues. In order to successfully achieve this goal, we have to understand how to improve the way we deal with these types of situations.

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  • Strategic Design of the Supply Chain: Too Little, Too Late for Pharma?

    24 April 2018 by Hedley Rees, Managing Consultant, PharmaFlow

    Prevent your supply chain from becoming neglected by strategically designing each link in the chain. The key to a successful supply chain isn't focusing on the endpoint but rather bolstering each location along the way.

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  • Biosimilars: A Safe and Effective Option for Patients

    8 March 2018 by Christine Simmon, Executive Director of the Biosimilars Council, a division of the Association for Accessible Medicines

    It is a difficult irony that even as medical breakthroughs and new life-saving and life-extending treatments bring hope to patients and families across the country, it also is getting harder for many to afford these critical medicines. The rapidly rising cost of brand-name biologic medicines, which comprise the vast majority of new therapies in the pipeline, mean they are often inaccessible for America’s patients.

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  • February Tip: Continuous Employee Training Reduces Deviations and Nonconformances

    9 February 2018 by Jake Walton, Corporate Operations Quality Manager, MasterControl

    This blog post is part of an ongoing series to provide the latest tips from experts in the field to help readers keep up with changes in the quality and regulatory industry .

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  • What Do Changes to Australia’s PIC/S Guide to GMP Mean for Pharma Down Under?

    1 February 2018 by Luana Carone, Solutions Consultant for Australia/New Zealand, MasterControl

    It’s said that change is never easy. But in the pharmaceutical industry, flexibility, and adaptability are part and parcel of successfully delivering the safest, highest quality products to a global market.

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  • January Tip: How to Choose and Use External Consultants

    23 January 2018 by Jake Walton, Quality Manager

    External consulting firms can be used to provide expert help for many of the standard responsibilities that the quality department is tasked with. These external organizations are ready to provide you with the necessary documents to get on your approved supplier list, and can jump into work at various stages. Look for organizations that have specialized experience in the area(s) you are looking for and they can quickly and effectively help.

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  • 5 Most Common Pharma Form 483 Quagmires & How to Avoid Them

    26 December 2017 by James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    See the most common reasons the FDA cited pharmaceutical companies with Form 483 Inspectional Observations last year and examine potential remedies that can help prevent future warnings.

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  • Don’t Let These Product Registration Problems Delay Your Time to Market

    7 November 2017 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The combination of a lengthy process and high cost of drug development is a hard pill to swallow for pharmaceutical companies. It should serve as the biggest motivation for them to find fundamental ways to accelerate their overall time to market.

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  • Revisiting CAPA for a More Modern (and Effective) Approach

    17 October 2017 by Peter Knauer, Managing Partner, Sage BioPartners

    Corrective action and preventive action (CAPA) policies and procedures have now been a mainstay for years in most life science companies’ quality management systems due to regulation adherence to standards. With impressive technological advances, it is natural that companies are starting to develop products that span multiple sectors, and even multiple regulatory pathways. The question is, what standard/regulation do you use for your CAPA system and how do you cover all the others?

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  • Gottlieb Says FDA Wants to Widen Access to Better Compounded Drugs

    13 October 2017 by Karla L. Palmer, Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.

    We have witnessed this past week some noteworthy activity in the drug compounding space. Where will this lead traditional compounders and outsourcing facilities? What will it mean for compounders in the months ahead? We will just have to wait until FDA releases anticipated draft guidance on changes in outsourcing facility compounding in the coming months. FDA’s announcement about draft outsourcing guidance is somewhat of a headscratcher, especially considering that a number of anticipated compounding guidance documents and regulations were recently moved to CDER’s regulatory agenda inactive list (here; search "drug").

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