EDITOR'S DESK

  • FDA Emphasizes Regulatory Flexibility In Biosimilar Reviews
    FDA Emphasizes Regulatory Flexibility In Biosimilar Reviews

    A study recently published in the BJCP go a long way toward providing a clear example of what regulatory flexibility looks like in the EMA. But where does the FDA, which got a late start with biosimilars, stand in terms of regulatory flexibility today?

How To Prepare Your Biosimilar Company For Interchangeability

While attending a recent biosimilars conference, I heard few clear opinions about whether interchangeability will be a beneficial strategy for biosimilar makers. However, in an interview, Pankaj Mohan, CEO of pure-play biosimilar company Oncobiologics, offered a very straight-forward perspective.

3 Lessons From The GPhA Biosimilars Council Conference

This inaugural conference touched upon many of the topics one would expect, including reimbursement, interchangeability, naming, the global markets, and IP challenges. But I felt three overarching topics were particularly worthy of being singled out.

Biobetters: How Much Competition Should Biosimilar Makers Expect?

In the last few weeks, news stories have surfaced reminding the biosimilar industry that biobetters are alive and, for the most part, well. Overall, there are upwards of 500 biobetters in development worldwide. But should the biosimilar industry really be concerned about biobetters quashing the use of biosimilars?

The Norwegian Biosimilar Phenomenon: From Biosimilar To “Biogeneric”

Following the recent Amgen and Sandoz FDA advisory committee meetings, which focused heavily on concerns about “non-medical switching,” Dr. Steiner Madsen’s often frank discussion on how switching contributed to biosimilar uptake in Norway provides reassurance and best practices for global biosimilar makers.

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GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • 10 Critical Components Of A Successful Global Drug Development Plan
    10 Critical Components Of A Successful Global Drug Development Plan

    We use plans every day to help us arrive at our desired destinations.  Pilots utilize flight plans prior to take off — although they have flown to their destination perhaps hundreds of times before, they nevertheless reviews and follows a flight plan. Likewise, ship’s captains also file plans and chart courses. Road maps provide guidance on how to drive from point A to point B, though today most people rely on electronic global positioning systems (GPS) to assist with navigation.

  • Best Practices For Measuring System Quality For Drug-Device Combination Products
    Best Practices For Measuring System Quality For Drug-Device Combination Products

    Combination product development is a complex matter governed by different areas of regulatory oversight. In my previous article, we discussed which current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements apply when drugs, devices, and biological products are combined, and the typical pitfalls to avoid when doing so.

  • Opioid Crisis Pushing Changes To U.S. Chronic Pain Drug Market
    Opioid Crisis Pushing Changes To U.S. Chronic Pain Drug Market

    With the U.S opioid analgesic addiction and overdose crisis showing no signs of relenting, change is coming fast for manufacturers of chronic pain drugs.

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BIOPROCESSING WHITE PAPERS

  • The 7 Most Important Questions To Ask When Selecting An Aqueous Cleaner

    Today's aqueous critical-cleaning detergents are blended for specific applications. Substrate, degree of soil load, and cleaning processes are all important considerations when selecting a detergent. This article addresses the most important questions to ask about a detergent brand to ensure that it meets your specific cleaning needs. By Malcolm McLaughlin

  • Applications And Integration Of Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor For Biotech/Bioprocess

    The increase in size and scale of bio-processing is presenting a new challenge. Traditional methods of sterilisation, to maintain clean facilities, are becoming difficult to deploy in a controlled and regulatory compliant way. By Richard Lucas, Ph.D., Bioquell UK Ltd.

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

  • The Healthcare Industy’s Greatest Responsibility Is Quality
    The Healthcare Industy’s Greatest Responsibility Is Quality

    Delivering safe and efficacious products to patients and care-givers is the healthcare industry's greatest responsibility.  The critical path to achieving this and fulfilling our responsibility is embedding quality in everything we do, and more importantly, into the thinking and actions of everyone in the system.

  • The Direct-To-Patient Model: Your Top 10 Q&A

    In clinical trials, a direct-to-patient model allows for drug therapies to be delivered and administered in the patient’s home and/or biological samples to be taken and uplifted from the patient’s home. Depending on the complexity of the trial protocols, patients may take medicines themselves, or rely on a homecare nurse or caregiver for clinical support. Because the direct-to-patient model allows the patient to participate in the clinical trial from home, it reduces the need for them to travel to the investigator site, increasing the likelihood they will agree to participate and decreasing the possibility that they will drop out of the study.

  • Principles On Which The Limulus Test For The Detection Of Bacterial Endotoxins Is Based
    Principles On Which The Limulus Test For The Detection Of Bacterial Endotoxins Is Based

    The LAL or Limulus test is used for the determination of bacterial endotoxins in a wide variety of samples in both research laboratories and industries. The principle of this test is based on the process of coagulation which occurs in the hemolymph of horseshoe crab (Limulus Polyphemus) in the presence of lipopolysaccharides. In this article, the biological process and the way it was used to develop the test is described.

  • Applying QRM To The Change Control Process
    Applying QRM To The Change Control Process

    Since the publication of ICH Q9: Quality Risk Management in 2005 (1), there has been much written about the application of risk management to the production process, product development and validation (2–5). Relatively little has been published about its application to some of production’s supporting processes that comprise an important part of the pharmaceutical quality system (PQS).

  • Ensuring Barcode Accuracy From Packaging To The Patient
    Ensuring Barcode Accuracy From Packaging To The Patient

    Barcodes have changed very little over the last 60 years. Yet for pharmaceutical companies the barcode has taken on a vital role throughout the product’s lifecycle from original packaging to in hospital unit dose identification.

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LIFE SCIENCE INDUSTRY EVENTS

BioNetwork West 2016 October 5 - 7, 2016
Laguna Niguel, CA
Pediatric Clinical Trials: Special Considerations and Requirements October 6, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Biosimilars: Preparing For Opportunities And Challenges October 11, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Airflow Visualization Techniques and Practices October 11 - 12, 2016
Bethesda, MD
Medical Device Design Controls 101 – A Practical Crash Course October 12, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
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TRAINING COURSES

Pediatric Clinical Trials: Special Considerations and Requirements October 6, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Biosimilars: Preparing For Opportunities And Challenges October 11, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
Medical Device Design Controls 101 – A Practical Crash Course October 12, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
The Top Method Validation Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them October 14, 2016
1pm-2:30pm EDT, Online Training
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