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    April’s Regulatory Focus: Professional and career development

    Feature articles during April focused on the regulatory profession and specifically, professional development and career advancement. Included were articles on the mid-career transition from research scientist to regulatory professional, continuous professional development and the value of graduate-level qualifications, and findings from two surveys on different aspects of the profession. Other articles examined communication – one on persuasive skills, another on dissemin...
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    Nitrosamine impurities: Regulatory action in the US, EU, and Canada

    The identification of nitrosamine impurities in some drug products has prompted manufacturers to recall the products over concerns about the carcinogenic properties of nitrosamines. Agencies and manufacturers are evaluating the risks and chemistry of the drug products to find a solution to the contamination.   Introduction Valsartan (Diovan) is an important first-line therapy for hypertension and congestive heart failure. It also lowers the risk of death after myoc...
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    Evolution of the regulatory intelligence profession

    Regulatory intelligence has gained significant importance with increasingly global considerations for product development, clinical trials, and submissions to ensure market access in key regions. The regulatory intelligence profession, tasked with providing strategic input to ensure regulatory compliance, has evolved to fulfill the additional needs of various departments within the company and by senior leadership by strategically analyzing relevant regulations and product...
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    The regulatory profession by the numbers: RAPS’ 2020 compensation and scope of practice survey

    The RAPS 2020 Global Compensation & Scope of Practice Report for the Regulatory Profession presents an analysis of nearly 2,000 responses from regulatory professionals from around the world who participated in an online survey in April 2020. The following article reviews the main findings from the 2020 report, focusing on regulatory professionals’ levels of education and certification, experience, the most common regulatory functions performed, and career and job motivatio...
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    Value of an RA qualification in continuous professional development and career progression

    Continuous professional development (CPD) is important for employee personal development and is of strategic value for organizations. Having qualified and knowledgeable personnel can help deploy strategy and yield competitive advantage in the marketplace. This article presents the results of a qualitative and quantitative study on the progression and experiences of industry-based graduates who completed a masters in regulatory affairs. The results demonstrate that regulato...
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    The PhD scientist’s pathway into regulatory affairs

    Making a transition from a life and health science research scientist to a regulatory affairs professional can be challenging. It is difficult to gain the requisite experience in an academic or industry research setting. However, the combination of an advanced science degree, transferable skills, and professional experiences can make this transition attainable.   Intellectual curiosity is often the impetus for pursuing a doctorate degree (PhD). The desire to learn a su...
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    Communication of regulatory intelligence: A survey of the medical device industry

    Regulatory intelligence activities are complicated by the push for stronger product sales in emerging markets, where medical device regulations can change rapidly or be confusing and even contradictory. Understanding how, when, and with whom to communicate the new or changing regulatory information within a medical device company affects global market strategy and product success. The research reported here examined how medical device companies structure their regulatory i...
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    Talking to decision makers: What to say and how to say it

    The ability to confidently convey an idea and persuade others of its benefits to your organization is key to achieving success. This article discusses ways to use persuasive skills, the importance of physical presence, and tips for maintaining a positive attitude.   Introduction How often does a decision maker or specifically, your manager, reject your ideas? Have you ever wondered why co-workers with inferior proposals have their requests approved? You are convinc...
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    March's Regulatory Focus: Regulatory intelligence

    Feature articles during March focused on regulatory intelligence (RI), including first-hand accounts of setting up a dedicated process for RI monitoring and developing an in-house RI database, as well as an examination of the implications of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new integrated review template for RI. Also included were articles on the importance a global unique device identification (UDI) system, the FDA’s Bad Ad program, and the importance of writ...
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    The FDA, prescription drug promotion, and its Bad Ad Program

    This article discusses pharmaceutical industry promotion for prescription drugs. The author provides an overview of the regulatory landscape from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) perspective followed by a discussion of the FDA’s Bad Ad Program which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in the summer of 2020. FDA's Bad Ad Program is an outreach program designed to help healthcare providers (HCPs) recognize and report potentially false or misleading prescription d...
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    The importance of the device label to a global UDI system

    Variance between medical device regulations in different jurisdictions complicates creation of a global unique device identification (UDI) system, causing compliance barriers for manufacturers and adoption barriers for device users. As regulatory agencies advance their UDI initiatives, we reflect on the principles guiding this system not only for regulatory purposes, but as essential to improving the value of healthcare supply chain, clinical, and research data. This artic...
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    Good writing skills as a cornerstone for career advancement

    Strong written communication skills are invaluable, even in a profession in which writing is not a key component. Good writing can be used as a tool to impart information or convince colleagues to pursue a particular course of action. It can also be a means of demonstrating one’s creative and strategic thinking. In short, investing time in learning and refining strong writing skills is a crucial element of career advancement.   This article will provide tools and techn...