Featured Bioprocessing Editorial

  1. FDA Guidance On Premarket Pathways For Combo Products — What It Does (And Doesn’t) Say
    3/13/2019

    Last month, the FDA published the draft guidance “Principles of Premarket Pathways for Combination Products.”  The document describes what a combination product is and how to interact with the FDA when developing a combination product, and it identifies some of the principles the agency uses in determining what type of premarket submission should be made. 

  2. Increasing Biosimilar Competition: Trends In Government Responses
    3/12/2019

    A variety of stakeholders including the FDA, Congress, hospitals, and consumers are in agreement — biosimilars have not penetrated the market as expected. By our count, 18 biosimilars have been approved by the FDA since the passage of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), but only seven have come to market. Over the past year, a number of governmental bodies have focused on this issue and how to remedy it.

  3. FDA’s First DSCSA Warning Letter — A Closer Look
    3/11/2019

    The FDA issued the first warning letter citing failure to comply with requirements of the November 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) amendments to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act. This warning letter was issued to McKesson Corporation in San Francisco on February 7, 2019.

  4. Not Your Grandma’s Aseptic Filling Line: Letting Go Of Tunnels, Washers, And Other Aseptic Vestiges
    3/8/2019

    We often work with organizations adding capacity, transferring new products, and adding existing products from other sites into their “preferred” plants. These facilities range from CMOs to traditional name-brand pharmaceutical companies. In each case, the receiving site is focused on schedule and budget, and these competing targets have often distracted personnel.

  5. Biosimilars Pipeline Shows Remarkable, Sustained Growth
    3/7/2019

    The biosimilars pipeline is progressing rapidly and continues to grow, with more products and more organizations involved. This article reviews the current biosimilars development pipeline and progress. 

  6. Raising The Bar: The Silver Lining Of FDA Commissioner Gottlieb’s Exit
    3/7/2019

    It was the announcement many have been dreading — but expecting — for several months now. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, 23rd Commissioner of the FDA, announced his decision to step down after 663 days (22 months) on the job. The news is sure to raise concerns for many. But I think the biggest surprise is how equally sad thought-leaders within the agency will be to say goodbye.

  7. FDA’s DSCSA Pilot Project Program — Should You Participate?
    3/4/2019

    The requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act continue to progress as planned. The next milestone the industry needs to be cognizant of is the Nov. 27, 2019 requirement that wholesale distributors verify the product identifier on each unit returned for the distributor to be allowed to resell the product.

  8. Become A (Better) Facilitator For Risk Assessment And Root Cause Analysis
    2/28/2019

    When SMEs, management, and others gather to perform a risk assessment or a root cause analysis on a failure, they’re sure to achieve the desired outcome, right? Perhaps for a simple risk assessment or investigation, but success is not very likely for one that is even moderately complicated. That’s where a skilled facilitator is needed.

  9. Big Data And AI In Pharma Development And Manufacturing: An Inside Look
    2/27/2019

    Artificial intelligence and Big Data have the potential to lower the cost and time of drug trials, to better determine patient outcomes with established drugs, and to better design new drugs.

  10. Bridging Chasms In Equipment Qualification And Software Validation
    2/27/2019

    Equipment qualification seems like a straightforward process. However, things usually go awry when gathering a validation team and defining and documenting the intended use and system requirements.