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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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Pharma Drug Innovation in 2020: From Novel Drugs to Drugs for Novel Coronavirus

Have other areas in drug discovery suffered because of COVID-19? It’s probably not too early to say that COVID-19 has changed pharmaceutical drug discovery considerably. And why wouldn’t it have,…

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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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COPD Product Development Opportunity: Indacaterol Maleate

According to the American Lung Association, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD – which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema) is the third-leading cause of disease-related death in the U.S. It affects…

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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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Fostering a Quality Culture to Support Drug Manufacturing

As an API manufacturer, when it comes to product safety in the pharmaceutical space the stakes couldn’t be higher. We’ve written a few posts recently on modifications to regulatory inspection…

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What the Revised FDA CDER SSM Really Means

Confused by the new FDA CDER Site Selection Model? Here’s what you need to know. CDER – the U.S. FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research which regulates over-the-counter and…

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Drug Manufacturing: Implications of the U.S. – E.U. Mutual Recognition Agreement

In July, the United States and European Union finalized a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for drug manufacturing inspections. Both parties have now fully implemented the MRA for specific therapeutics in…

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