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    FDA officials tout progress and achievements in advanced manufacturing

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’S) efforts to encourage the industry’s adoption of advanced manufacturing is bearing fruit, according to a new update from the agency, noting robust interest from industry in participating in the agency’s Emerging Technologies Program (ETP).   In addition, “significant funding” from Congress has helped fund more research in advanced manufacturing, wrote Michael Kopcha, director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality in the FD...
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    FDA fleshes out models for safe continuous manufacture of therapeutic proteins

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new paper  to help shed light on how therapeutic proteins can be produced safely on a continuous manufacturing line.   Continuous manufacturing “is still a novel concept for therapeutic proteins” and more “tangible” examples are needed to implement the program, acknowledged FDA in the report. Further, there are “few published studies” addressing viral inactivation methods for these products.   However, it’s im...
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    ICH releases widely anticipated guidance on continuous manufacturing

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) on Tuesday issued its Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing, making a draft available for public comment.   The long-awaited draft was soon expected, according to an FDA official who gave an update on the status of the guideline at a 14 July CMC Strategy Forum sponsored by the California Separation Science Society (CASSS). (RELATED: Long-awaited ICH continuous manufacturing guideline coming soon , Regulatory Foc...
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    Long-awaited ICH continuous manufacturing guideline coming soon

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing is expected to be released for public comment soon, as the US pharmaceutical industry continues slow but steady adoption of this mode of manufacturing.   Cyrus Agarabi, a reviewer in FDA’s Office of Biotechnology Products in the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, updated attendees on the status of the ICH Q13 guideline at the 14 July CMC Strategy Forum sponsored by the California...
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    Continuous Manufacturing: FDA Drafts Quality Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued draft guidance laying out quality considerations for continuous manufacturing (CM) for new and generic drugs.   The 27-page draft guidance is part of FDA’s effort to encourage the adoption of continuous manufacturing and covers quality considerations for solid oral small molecule drugs and builds on feedback from a public consultation launched in 2017.   According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and C...
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    Continuous Manufacturing: Pfizer, Vertex, AstraZeneca and Others Weigh FDA Plans

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been encouraging the adoption of continuous manufacturing techniques for years, and several companies recently offered the agency some suggestions to refine its work around the developing technology. Background In contrast to batch manufacturing - where bulk materials are processed through multiple steps and subsequent batches must wait until the current batch is finished – continuous manufacturing allows companies to m...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Emerging Manufacturing Tech Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized its guidance detailing how drugmakers can participate in the agency's program to advance the use of emerging manufacturing technologies, such as continuous manufacturing or 3D printing. "In recent years, we've seen significant advances in the modernization of drug manufacturing, including shifts to continuous manufacturing and the first 3D printed drug. These advancements have led to improved products for pa...
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    FDA Unveils Regulatory Science Progress Report

    The report, covering fiscal years 2015 and 2016, notes significant US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) progress in refining non-clinical and clinical tools to better evaluate medical products, advancing manufacturing and quality, and enhancing internal IT tools to support the scientific review of regulatory applications. Non-Clinical In terms of the non-clinical predictive models, the report notes that FDA researchers developed a wide variety of computational tools th...
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    FDA Allows First Switch From Batch to Continuous Manufacturing for HIV Drug

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time in its history allowed a manufacturer to switch from the more antiquated batch manufacturing process to a continuous manufacturing process – a move that FDA is seeking to encourage among more pharmaceutical manufacturers. The manufacturing change, announced last Friday, is for Janssen’s HIV-1 treatment Prezista (darunavir). And although Janssen isn’t the first manufacturer to use continuous manufacturing (Verte...
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    Creating a Culture of Compliance

    In an environment where medical product regulations seem to be expanding continuously, proportional investment in compliance infrastructure and controls runs the risk of diminishing returns. The key to achieving the right balance of commercial success and compliance is to focus on continuous improvement, specifically root-cause analysis. This focus creates a culture that views compliance as a positive, critically important part of the business. In fact, a recent study sho...
  • EMA Releases Draft Guideline on Process Validation

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a new draft guideline on process validation that brings EMA thinking in line with the International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) Q8, Q9 and Q10 documents on continuous process validation. Process validation, which EMA defines as "documented evidence that the process, operated within established parameters, can perform effectively and repr...