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API Production: Building a Process Safety Culture

Working in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry may bring many rewards, but it also has an element of risk. We often work alongside hazardous chemicals, in both labs and manufacturing spaces….

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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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Process Validation: Maintaining Quality Consistency

The basic principle of pharmaceutical quality assurance is that a drug should be safe and effective for its intended use – and process validation plays a pivotal role in ensuring…

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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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On SABAM, Cyanide and Safety

Levetiracetam, an epilepsy medication used for partial onset, myoclonic or tonic-clonic seizures, was first approved for medical use in the United States in 1999. As a drug, it boasts excellent…

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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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How the Valsartan Contamination Happened: Its Context & Implications

Last year’s valsartan contamination and recall brought some surprising chemical synthesis issues to light in the pharma industry. While the reactions used in generic valsartan production are known to be…

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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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Inside Sugammadex: Overcoming Impurities in Commercial API Manufacturing

The first in the class of drugs known as selective relaxant binding agents (SRBA), Sugammadex sodium is used to reverse anesthesia. Via 1:1 binding of rocuronium or vecuronium, it rapidly…

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