• Keeping Up With the Top Pharma Industry Trends of 2017

    18 May, 2017 James Jardine, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    A close look at the key trends that will have the biggest impact on the pharmaceutical industry this year.

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  • The 15 Strangest Phobias and Why They Include the Fear of Paper

    23 May, 2017 Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    It’s difficult to label any phobia as the “strangest” because most phobias are considered kooky, weird or downright bizarre. Phobias are also nearly impossible to understand with the logical mind – they just don’t seem to make sense! However, for those experiencing a true phobia, logic doesn’t make one bit of difference. The terror is still alive and well.

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  • How an Electronic Quality Management System Helps With Cybersecurity

    25 May, 2017 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    For medical device manufacturers, technology is a double-edged sword. The technologies that elevate the quality of life for patients can be used by cyber actors to undermine both the manufacturing organization and the products themselves. This means cybersecurity is as much a quality issue as it is a security issue.

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  • When GCP & GMP Meet

    30 May, 2017 by Laurie Meehan, Social Media Manager, Polaris Compliance Consultants

    Developing safe and effective drugs requires a coordinated effort across a diverse set of disciplines. This is easier to observe at some points in the process than at others. Once a product is well into human trials, it can be easy to forget that developments on the manufacturing side of the house can affect the clinicians who are conducting the studies.

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  • Why It’s Time to Revisit FDA’s Quality by Design

    1 June, 2017 Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Patients of Alzheimer’s disease, their families, and health care advocates recently encountered back-to-back disappointments when two clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs failed in quick succession. First, Eli Lilly & Co. stopped its late-stage clinical trial for solanezumab, then Merck & Co. ended its clinical trial for verubecestat. Both studies failed to show efficacy.

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  • Training Does Not Stand Alone: The Quest for Training Effectiveness Continues

    8 June, 2017 by Vivian Bringslimark, President and Owner, HPIS Consulting, Inc.

    While training may appear to be straightforward to most leaders, the effectiveness follow up is anything but clear-cut. So why do business leaders frown when the answer to the training effectiveness question is – it depends?

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  • Understanding FDA’s UDI Guidance: The Key to Compliance

    13 June, 2017 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The latter half of 2016 saw the second highest number of U.S. medical device recalls since 2000 with 650 medical devices and over 180 million units pulled from the market, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS’

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  • The Quality Metrics Journey

    15 June, 2017 by Susan Schniepp, Fellow, Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc

    One of the most discussed and debated topics on today’s pharmaceutical landscape is the issue of quality metrics. Establishing, maintaining, and interpreting quality metrics to determine the suitability of pharmaceutical products has become a high priority for the FDA. To understand the issue of quality metrics it is important to start at the beginning.

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  • Required Records of Selected Regulations Under the Food Safety Modernization Act

    20 June, 2017 by Erika Miller, Food Safety Specialist, D.L. Newslow and Associates

    The Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA (2011), has dominated the conversation in food safety circles for quite some time now. Compliance dates are arriving, and companies are realizing there is a lot to be done to become compliant. Companies that traditionally had little to no contact with the FDA (if everything was going right) are now seeing activity, whether anticipated or not.

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  • Free Webinar: What the New European Med Device Regulation Means

    22 June, 2017 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The European Parliament recently adopted a stricter, more extensive Medical Device Regulation (MDR) to replace the Medical Device Directives (MDD). It will affect all manufacturers selling devices in the European Union. What does the new regulation mean for device manufacturers? Will it make life harder and increase costs for them?

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  • Combination Products and CGMPs: What You Should Know

    27 June, 2017 by Dr. Karl M. Kapp, Department of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University

     At the beginning of this year, the FDA    issued final guidance for Current Good  Manufacturing Practice (CGMPs)  Requirements for Combination Products.  This guidance is for therapeutic and  diagnostic products that combine drugs,  devices, and/or biological products. This  guidance has become increasingly  necessary due to the rapid pace of technological advances in the life science industry where product types continue to merge and blur lines

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  • An Exciting Time in Life Sciences: Touching Stories from a Life-Improving Industry

    29 June, 2017 by Marci Crane, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    A recent industry outlook for the life sciences industry published by Deloitte mentions opportunities and concerns facing the life sciences industry.

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  • Why the Supply Chain Is so Important Toward Supporting Business Success

    6 July, 2017 by Bob Ferrari, Managing Director, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group, Founder and Executive Editor, Supply Chain Matters blog

    I term myself as an observer of multi-industry supply chains from respective management practitioner, technology implementer and industry analyst roles. I founded the

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  • Developing a Quality System on a Managed Budget

    11 July, 2017 by Keith Matthews, Director Quality Systems, Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc.

    Developing a quality system is the foundation for ensuring the organization’s products or services are safe, effective and controlled to deliver customer satisfaction.  Throughout the organization’s lifecycle, from start-up through maturity, the quality needs of the firm, along with its budget constraints, are continually evolving.  Maintaining compliance with regulations while controlling costs represents a challenging balancing act we encounter in our life science consultancy. 

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  • FDA Favors Collaborative Approach to Medical Device Cybersecurity

    13 July, 2017 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Cybersecurity is like a maze that companies in all industries need to navigate to avoid costly security breaches. The challenge is knowing where and how to get started. An FDA official shared some valuable insight on the subject at MedTech Intelligence’s conference on Medical Device Cybersecurity.

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  • How Training Personnel on Your Quality System Can Produce Positive ROI. Don’t Stop at the Quality Manager.

    18 July, 2017 By Greg Peckford, Founder, Quality Career Advancement

    Is the quality manager the only individual within an organization that requires training on quality and improvement methods? Absolutely not! In order for an organization to get the most value out of their quality program, and to ensure it is effective, is to train as many people as possible or even all employees, depending on the size of the company, on the concepts and strategies that its quality management system is based on.

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  • 5 Trends Driving Disruption in the Med Device Industry in 2017

    20 July, 2017 By Lisa Weeks, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The medical device industry is complex, ever-changing and highly regulated, that much we know. We also know that, despite the complexity, the outlook is rosy for device manufacturers that can recognize—and navigate—the major trends of the day. The purpose of this post is twofold: to identify the trends that are likely to have significant impact on the industry this year, and to provide some high-level tips for exploiting them.

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  • Not Just Tiny Humans: Considerations for Conducting Pediatric Clinical Trials

    25 July, 2017 by Jamie Arnott, Project Director and Caitlin Hirschman, Clinical Team Lead, Rho

    When it comes to the conduct of pediatric clinical trials, there are number of things you need to consider in order to ensure the successful conduct of a study. From study design to logistics to recruitment, there are real differences between studies conducted in pediatric populations and studies conducted in adult populations.

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  • Good Communication Skills are Key for Inspection Readiness

    25 August, 2017 by UL

    When an FDA inspector comes to your door, it is usually a time of stress and uncertainty.  You need to handle logistical elements like where the inspectors are going to be placed, how you 

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  • UDI as Med Device Product Tracking Software (Why That’s a Good Thing)

    1 August, 2017 By Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated the use of unique device identification or identifier (UDI), some people voiced concerns over the high cost of the requirement, as well as the technology challenges it posed. What is UDI and why is it important?

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