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Quality Focus: Ensuring Raw Material Transparency

Patricia Van Arnum PharmTech editor Quality is of utmost importance in drug development and manufacturing. The increased globalization of the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries, resulting in more complex and elongated supply chains on a raw material and ingredients basis, obligates suppliers and pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies to develop ways to achieve greater transparency and understanding of those supply chains to ensure product quality and regulatory compliance.  Read more »

Key Ways for Ensuring Global Regulatory Compliance

Patricia Van Arnum PharmTech editor International markets play an important role in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies’ growth strategies, and it is crucial that companies meet the challenge of global regulatory compliance. Optimizing a quality management system to ensure regulatory and corporate compliance for product registrations for new and existing drugs in new geographic markets is essential for commercial success. Pharmaceutical Technology will examine the operational, organizational, and technological-based requirements on how to reduce risk and achieve operational efficiency for global product registrations in a live webcast on Tuesday June 11 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST. Read more »

Manufacturers Seek Strategies for Life-Cycle Approach to Process Validation

The US Food and Drug Administration and industry have been working to incorporate process validation as an integral component of drug development and production, and to avoid divergent policies in the US and Europe. A good deal of progress has been made in this area, but manufacturers continue to feel uncertain about the details in revising existing systems and updating long-held practices to fit new approaches, as seen in the discussion at the PDA/FDA Process Validation Workshop in Bethesda, Md., May 20-21. Participants assessed FDA’s Process Validation guidance, which was published in January 2011, and the corresponding PDA technical report on “A Lifecycle Approach to Process Validation” (TR 60) issued in January 2013 [available at].

The aim is to help manufacturers who are wrestling with and working to implement the FDA guidance, explained Harold Baseman, chief operating office of ValSource and co-chair of the PDA process validation interest group. The workshop program followed FDA’s three stages for process validation, starting with process design and moving through process qualification to achieve continued process validation to provide ongoing assurance that a production process remains in a state of control.

Workshop attendees discussed the importance of gaining extensive knowledge about a process early in design and development stages to ensure that the system is well controlled. Patrick Swan, deputy director of the Division of Monoclonal Antibodies, Office of Biotechnology Products (OBP) in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), highlighted the value of tapping prior knowledge to support process validation activities, noting that this may expedite product development for lifesaving breakthrough therapies.
Process qualification involves identifying and interpreting information from process design functions to establish testing and acceptance criteria. Methods for equipment and facility assessment are important, as are sound process qualification sampling plans.

The lifecycle approach also involves linking process validation activities to a manufacturer’s Quality Risk Management system. While manufacturers and regulators are looking to shift away from assessing a set number of batches, questions remain about how much data is needed to show that something is or is not in control, Baseman explained.

Similar efforts by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to update policies on these issues were discussed, with an emphasis on the importance of achieving similar approaches to validation requirements. Concerns were raised that EMA doesn’t consider process development part of process validation, that different terms are emerging, and that divergent regulatory approaches may cause confusion. Manufacturers filing applications in some 150 countries emphasized the importance of common formats and systems.

OBP deputy director Jeffrey Baker explained that FDA and EMA officials discuss these and other issues at “cluster meetings,” held to address topics such as biosimilar evaluation, good manufacturing practices and differences in review policies. Regulatory authorities at these sessions don’t consider specific companies or applications, Baker noted, but address general policy approaches, with an eye to gaining alignment on regulatory guidance.

Baker and others suggested that questions about data collection and regulatory requirements can be addressed by focusing on the science, which is key to appropriate terminology, data formats and determining what information is needed to assure product quality.

Yet, legacy products raise challenges, as manufacturers have to determine what would be involved in updating process validation data to support manufacturing changes or address safety issues.

One benefit of revised process validation policy that reduces the volume of unnecessary testing is to streamline the development and approval of important, life-saving therapies. Future FDA guidance on its regulatory approach to “breakthrough” therapies should explain further how the agency will address manufacturing and quality assurance issues for such products, Baker noted. But he pointed out that companies request the breakthrough designation and thus should be able to explain how they will supply a quality product efficiently and quickly for sick patients.

FDA Offers Insight on QbD for Modified-Release Products

Patricia Van Arnum PharmTech editor FDA’s quality-by-design (QbD) initiative is a systematic approach to designing and developing pharmaceutical formulations and manufacturing processes to ensure predefined product quality. Understanding the critical quality attributes of the ingredients in a formulation, including excipients, and the critical process parameters in the manufacturing process of the finished drug product is crucial for successfully implementing QbD. Pharmaceutical Technology will be holding a live webcast on Thursday May 23 from 10:00 AM  to 11:00 AM EST to examine the regulatory and technical considerations in implementing QbD for coatings in modified-release formulations, including strategies to mitigate the risks associated with alcohol-induced dose-dumping and the application of alcohol-resistant coatings. Read more »

Overcoming the Challenges in Biopharmaceutical Stability Testing

Patricia Van Arnum PharmTech editorAs pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies intensify product development in biologics, they are tasked with meeting the challenges of biologic-based drug development and manufacturing. Unlike traditional small-molecule drugs, stability studies for biopharmaceuticals can be one of the most critical and challenging aspects of large-molecule drug development. The size and complexity of most proteins provide fertile ground for intramolecular changes and multiple routes of degradation, and to assess their effects, each must be correlated to the bioactivity of the drug. Pharmaceutical Technology will examine biopharmaceutical stability studies in more depth by gaining input from leading industry experts, in a live webcast, “New Strategies for Biopharmaceutical Stability Testing,” on Thursday May 9th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST. Read more »

PharmTech Webcast: QbD in Solid Dosage

Patricia Van Arnum PharmTech editor Quality by Design (QbD) is changing drug development and manufacturing. The science- and risk-based approach inherent in a QbD paradigm increases process understanding and leads to better drug development and manufacturing. Sharing lessons learned and strategies for applying QbD in solid dosage development and manufacturing is valuable. Pharmaceutical Technology will address this topic in a webcast,A Pragmatic Application of QbD: Turning Theory into Tangible Success” this Thursday May 2 from 11:00 to 12:00 PM EST.

Two industry experts will share their experience with QbD and offer insight into how the practical application of QbD contributed to the success of their projects. Through several case studies, these experts will provide lessons learned and advice on the measures they took that enabled the success of their projects; steps that can be universally applied to other projects.

Don Barbieri, associate director of formulation and process development at Patheon, will present case studies demonstrating different aspects of the QbD approach, including identifying CQAs (critical quality attributes) and CPPs (critical process parameters) as well as how to perform risk assessment, incorporate risk mitigation into a process, and how to develop a design of experiments (DoE).

David Smith, pharmaceutical specialist, formulation and process development at Patheon, will present a case study where the pragmatic application of QbD enabled a successful technology transfer of a film-coated tablet from Phase III to commercial scale.

Further information, including how to register for the complimentary webcast, may be found  here.

Efficient Equipment Displayed at INTERPHEX

As I visited the exhibits and attended the conference sessions at INTERPHEX 2013 last week, I noticed a focus on equipment flexibility and ease-of-cleaning and changeover that enables manufacturing efficiency. Read more »

Innovation and Quality by Design, PharmTech’s publisher highlights this year’s INTERPHEX show

Pharmaceutical manufacturing is evolving as the industry adopts the science- and risk-based approach inherent in FDA’s quality-by-design (QbD) initiative. QbD has raised the bar in augmenting process understanding to ensure consistent product quality, and equipment manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and manufacturers are responding with innovation in their products and services.

Shows such as INTERPHEX 2013 enable attendees to come together to share scientific innovation and discuss the trends and topics affecting the industry. One such topic is the QbD initiative and its impact on the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical Technology is hosting a panel discussion on implementing QbD during the INTERPHEX sessions, taking place Wednesday, April 24, at 10:15 am. Manufacturing Editor Jennifer Markarian will be moderating a special panel featuring Dr. John Lepore, senior director of Chemical Process Development and Commercialization for Global Pharmaceutical Commercialization at Merck and Co.; Chris Moreton, vice-president pharmaceutical sciences at FinnBrit Consulting; and Jonathon Thompson, technical sales consulting supervisor at Invensys.  The panel will share their insight and practical experience in implementing QbD, including strategies for defining a design space, adaption of manufacturing processes, the feasibility for real-time release testing, and the keys to continuous process verification. The panel will also discuss the benefits and challenges of QbD implementation.

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Panel Will Discuss Quality by Design at INTERPHEX

Pharmaceutical Technology will be moderating a panel discussion, “Lessons Learned: Successes and Challenges in Implementing Quality by Design,” on Wednesday Apr. 24 from 10:15 to 11:15 at INTERPHEX in New York City. You can listen to a podcast about the panel discussion that is posted on PharmTech’s homepage.

Dr. John Lepore, senior director of Chemical Process Development and Commercialization for Global Pharmaceutical Commercialization at Merck and Co., will provide expertise on application of design space and control strategies for API manufacturing. Dr. Chris Moreton, FinnBrit Consulting, will share his expertise in how to incorporate excipients into the design space. Jonathon Thompson, senior manager of Compliance Services Consulting at Invensys Operations Management will use his experience to discuss challenges in adapting the manufacturing process from a control perspective. Together, the panel will consider the benefits of adapting QbD and the challenges yet to be addressed. I hope to see you there.

QA/QC Focus: Validation/Mapping Studies

Patricia Van Arnum PharmTech editor As more companies try to ensure that their validation activities are compliant and cost-effective, it has become increasingly important for quality professionals and validation technicians to manage costs and reduce downtime by accurately evaluating their validation equipment needs. This is particularly the case in validation/mapping studies. Pharmaceutical Technology will hold a live webcast, “Optimizing Validation/Mapping Studies for GMP Compliance,”  on Wednesday April 10th at 11:00 AM EST to address this issue. Read more »

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