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Improving Investigations: An Inspector’s Perspective

Facility inspections continue to be on the minds of both drug manufacturers and regulators. Over the past year, we’ve discussed the challenges surrounding inspections in our Maintaining Quality and Supply…

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Update on Regulatory Guidance for Facility Inspections

During the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel and social distancing restrictions had a significant impact on regulatory inspections. In March of 2020, hands-off policies quickly became the new…

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Looking for an API Supplier? 5 Things to Consider (Updated)

Seven years ago – in March of 2013 – we published a blog post on 5 Things to Consider When Looking for an API Supplier. Because seven human years equals…

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On-Site Pharma Audits During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

The outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly impacted physical visits to drug manufacturing facilities. This raises a number of challenges, since many regulations — especially those relating to inspections — weren’t written with…

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Drug Scale Up: Planning for Clinical Success

Consistent – Yet Still Low – Clinical Success Rates The number of drug candidates which are approved, get to market and subsequently become profitable for industry is pretty low. And…

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Nitrosamine Impurities and How Companies are Addressing the Crisis

We’ve recently written extensively about nitrosamine impurities, including this in-depth analysis of what transpired with Valsartan, and some follow-up material, here and here. Nitrosamine impurities have been receiving a great…

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Valsartan Contamination: A Follow-Up

Following up on our earlier post on the 2018 valsartan contamination, much has happened over the last six months. In our original post, we discussed the appearance of impurities in…

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Unique API Particle Size Projects On the Rise

Why is there a growing preoccupation with particle size? It’s because particle size can alter the efficacy (e.g., bioavailability) and safety profile (e.g., toxicity) of a compound. Complex particle sizing…

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A Guide to Sourcing Pharmaceutical Peptide APIs

Rise of the Peptide Era                                                                                                                                                       Peptide synthesis has a long pharmaceutical history, stretching back to the early 1900s – and then followed by a lengthy period of dormancy….

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Deuterated Drugs Reach Two-Year Anniversary

We’ve reached the two year anniversary of the first FDA approval of a deuterated molecule (April 2017, Teva’s Astedo – a deuterated version of tetrabenazine for the treatment of Huntington’s…

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