• Submissions Processes with Templates for Microsoft Word®

    18 April, 2017 Antoinette Azevedo

    As regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and parallel agencies in Europe, Japan, and Canada, move toward a completely electronic submission environment, tools like templates for Microsoft Word® become increasingly essential to submissions content development processes. Templates can be essential during the preparation of electronic common technical documents, or eCTDs. The eCTD is a standard created by the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH), a

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  • Good Clinical Practices and the Top Five GCP Violations in a Clinical Study

    18 April, 2017 Michelle Sceppa, Principal at MSceppa Consulting

    Clinical trials are conducted to allow safety and efficacy data to be collected for health interventions (e.g., drugs, biologics, devices, therapy protocols). These trials can only take place once satisfactory information has been gathered on the quality of the non-clinical safety. The regulations that provide a platform for the quality of the data are Good Clinical Practices or GCPs.

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  • Please Don't Call Them CAPAs

    18 April, 2017 Denise Robitaille, RAB-QSA Certified Lead Assessor, Author and ASQ Certified

    I've long been troubled by the ubiquitous acronym used to refer to corrective action: CAPA. My gut reaction borders on the irrational. Most of you reading this have heard of or read about or used the acronym hundreds of times. And you're probably wondering why the two syllables CA-PA should produce such an extreme reaction - especially in someone who spends a great deal of her time teaching people about both corrective action and preventive action. The short answer is simple: They're two separa

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  • Stay Ahead of the FDA: Process Mapping, Gap Analysis and SOP Review

    18 April, 2017 Kerry Potter, Founder and President of Summit Consulting, Inc.

    What happens when the FDA arrives at your manufacturing facility? Your first reaction may be panic or perhaps regret for not having solved any wayward problems the inspection team will surely now find. But it does not have to be that way. In fact, by preparing in advance and using the right tools, a firm should be able to greet the FDA by saying, "Excellent. Everyone knows what to do. Let's get right to it." That is the exact attitude companies need to have to successfully pass any inspection.

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  • 19 Key Elements to Review for Effective Audits

    18 April, 2017 Dr. George L. Harris, DBA, CPM, CPCM, President, Calyptus Group

    Manufacturing organizations on a global scale have instituted ways of qualifying suppliers to ensure that their capabilities have been verified. The types of qualification methods used are multifold. Some include quality and business system components that are essential for effective production or service rendering. Others may simply focus on quality characteristics, and still others may only consider production and equipment capabilities. More effective methods, however, include a combination o

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  • The 5 'W's of Quality Agreements

    18 April, 2017 Arvilla Trag, ASQ Certified Quality Auditor, Midwest Consulting Services, Inc.

    What is a Quality Agreement, and what should be included?

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  • Quality Audit - A Tool for Continuous Improvement and Compliance

    18 April, 2017 Jason Clegg, Marketing Director, MasterControl, Inc.

    The word "audit," in the broadest sense, refers to a variety of activities. It may refer to an accounting firm examining the financial statements of a public corporation, or a consultant checking the process of lid sealant dispensing in a semiconductor package assembly line. It may even refer to a mystery shopper testing the patience of sales clerks in an upscale department store.

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  • FDA Electronic Submissions, IT Changes Challenges

    18 April, 2017 MasterControl

    Where’s the hot spot at the Food and Drug Administration these days?  With product recalls, new hires at top levels and an impending election, there’s more than enough sizzling seats to go around at the Agency.  

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  • Investigating Clinical Trial Investigators Means More Headache for Drug Sponsors

    18 April, 2017 Michael McCaughan

    One leading indicator of a more enforcement-minded approach at the food & drug administration may be a crackdown on clinical trial investigators suspected of fraud. One thing is already clear: sponsors who rely on investigators who trigger suspicions will pay a price in the form of an even tougher time getting the drug through FDA.

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  • All New Electronic Submissions Must Conform to eCDT format - For Pharmaceutical Industry

    18 April, 2017 Lane Hirning

    For well over a decade, there has been an initiative by the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) to standardize formats for new drug applications in the U.S., Europe, and Japan (where the majority of new medicines are developed).  In the past, the format and organization of submissions varied by country, which made it difficult and time-consuming for a U.S. drug company, e.g., to submit an application for drug approval in Japan or the United Kingdom, and vice versa. A com

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  • New FDA Guidance to Balance Risks and Benefits of Drugs

    18 April, 2017 MasterControl

    FDA to Provide Emerging Drug Safety Information

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  • FD&C Amendments at Work in the Pharmaceutical Industry - Are They Working for Your Company?

    18 April, 2017 Marci Crane

    The FD&C (Food, Drug and Cosmetic) Act, initially passed in 1938, has greatly influenced, and continues to influence, the ebb and flow of the pharmaceutical industry. The FDA also plays a big part in that influence since it is common for the FDA to interpret the Act for executive purposes.

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  • At the Heart of Clinical Research: The Protocol

    18 April, 2017 Rebecca Daniels Kush

    The protocol is core to every clinical research study; it is the plan. The protocol is used in designing the study, selecting investigative sites, developing the data collection tools, describing the study procedures and the analysis plan. Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) or Ethics Committees use the protocol as the basis for approving whether a study can be initiated. A well-constructed protocol can ensure common understanding of the study objectives and procedures to be implemented, there

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  • From Poison Squad to Industry Regulator: A Historical Perspective of the FDA

    18 April, 2017 Robyn Barnes

    It hasn't always been this way. If you take a historical perspective, the FDA has been in the game for nearly 200 years.

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  • CGMP Amendment for Finished Pharmaceuticals

    18 April, 2017 MasterControl

    In December 2007, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced amendment to its current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations for finished pharmaceuticals.  They amended the regulations to modernize or toclarify some of the CGMP requirements, as well as harmonize some of theCGMP requirements with those of other foreign regulators and other FDAregulations. These amendments are also consistent with current industrypractice.

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  • An Analysis of Heparin, Accountability and Pre-emption Where Are We Now?

    18 April, 2017 Christine Humphrey, Esq., Fuerst Humphrey Ittleman

    First in a two-part series, (second part)

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  • Navigating the FDA's New Requirements for eCTD Submissions - Pharmaceutical Industry

    18 April, 2017 Antoinette Azevedo, Founder of e-SubmissionSolutions.com

    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking concrete steps to require the submission of all types of regulatory communication in electronic format. Globally, regulatory authorities are all moving to require electronic submission of regulatory communication. The reasons are many but one reason is clear: the public safety responsibilities of the regulators requires significantly faster access to content that can be supported by paper format.

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  • Why the 'Band-Aids' Keep Falling Off

    18 April, 2017 Vivian Bringslimark, President HPIS Consulting, Inc.

    When we cut ourselves, we automatically reach for a Band-Aid®. Why? It stops the bleeding and we can quickly return to whatever we were doing before the accident happened. Without a lot of fuss, we resolve a messy situation and expect the cut to heal in a few days. Having a box of these adhesive strips on hand allows us to reach for them again and again. The danger in applying a Band-Aid so automatically is that we fail to stop and inspect just how deep the wound really is. Maybe it wi

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  • Find Your Place on the Biotech Maturity Model and Make Better IT Decisions

    18 April, 2017 John Postle

    As information technology plays an ever-increasing role in drug discovery and development, emerging biotech firms can better manage their IT spending by using a three-stage maturity model to determine their needs now and in the future.

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