BIO From The Editor and Guest Columns

  1. 8 Critical Elements Of A Supply Chain Strategy — From Discovery To Commercialization
    6/25/2018

    The journey from discovery to commercialization can be long and filled with obstacles and challenges. However, by taking a structured approach to the development of a clearly defined supply chain and distribution strategy, the path toward the ultimate goal — the patient at the end of the supply chain — can be a clear one.

  2. Is Your Facility Aging? How Can You Tell And What Should You Do?
    6/22/2018

    Aging facilities is a trendy catchphrase that has taken hold in the biopharmaceutical industry the past few years. While most of us might think we understand intuitively what the words mean, perhaps we don’t. To that end, let’s dispel a myth right away.

  3. 5 Keys To Unlock The Full Potential Of Big Data In The Life Sciences
    6/20/2018

    The convergence of data and technologies provides an opportunity for companies to make a step change in innovation and performance. Those that successfully apply the strategies to all parts of the business will thrive in an increasingly complex sector.

  4. How Recent Regulatory And Payer Developments Will Impact U.S. Biosimilar Access
    6/19/2018

    Biosimilars were touted as a tool for payers to gain savings in specialty markets, but a recent survey by Avalere of the top 25 payers in the U.S. (about 189 million covered lives) using publicly available coverage policies found that biosimilars are commonly subject to step-through polices, including those that require the patient to “fail” first on a branded product, and only then will the payer cover a biosimilar of that same branded product (i.e., the biosimilar’s reference product). Policies like this may be why although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) originally estimated a 10-year decrease in federal spending of $5.9 billion attributable to “follow on biologics”/biosimilars in 2009, it is estimated the actual savings have only been 8 percent of that amount (approximately $241 million). So what market access issues do biosimilars face in the U.S., and where could we go from here?

  5. Analyzing 2017 FDA Warning Letters Citing Process Validation, Supplier Controls, & OTC Manufacture
    6/18/2018

    Shortcomings in data governance/data integrity and are a prominent feature in drug GMP warning letters over the past three years. FDA inspections also focused on contracted services. Additional areas were the subject of FDA investigator attention in CY2017 but may have been overshadowed by these two. This article explores several of those other areas.

  6. Data Integrity, Deviations, And Shop Floor Quality
    6/15/2018

    Continuous improvement in data integrity can advance a firm on the journey toward a mature culture of quality, particularly through the implementation of QA on the shop floor. Batch record review (BRR) and product disposition are often complicated by data integrity issues and poor data quality.

  7. Writing Bulletproof SOPs: Best Practices For Life Sciences Companies
    6/13/2018

    Writing and enforcing standard operating procedures (SOPs) is a challenge. Poorly written SOPs are a common cause of deficiencies and observations cited in 483s and warning letters from the FDA.

  8. Market Access Impediments: Where Should Biosimilars Go From Here?
    6/12/2018

    Biosimilars were touted as a payer’s tool to gain savings in specialty markets, but a recent survey by Avalere of the top 25 payers in the U.S. (about 189 million covered lives) using publicly available coverage policies found that biosimilars are commonly subject to step through polices, including those that require the patient to “fail” first on a branded product, and only then will the payer cover a biosimilar of that same branded product (i.e., the biosimilar’s reference product). Policies like this may be why although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) originally estimated a 10-year decrease in federal spending of $5.9 billion attributable to “follow on biologics”/biosimilars in 2009, it is estimated the actual savings have only been 8 percent of that amount (approximately $241 million).

  9. Integrating Risk Management Into Your QMS — An Essential Toolkit
    6/11/2018

    Probably the most significant concern for anyone responsible for implementing, deploying, and maintaining a quality management system is the integration of risk-based thinking. Risk-based thinking can and should be applied to the organization’s strategic and tactical planning processes.

  10. An Introduction To Liposome Processing For Drug Delivery
    6/8/2018

    Discovered in 1961, liposomes have been around for several decades as a drug delivery platform that has achieved varying levels of applications and popularity. With their biocompatibility and well-understood chemistry of encapsulation of a wide variety of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients), liposomes make it through the screening process for many potential products.