Guest Columns

  1. How To Successfully Manage Packaging And Labeling During Pharma Product Launches
    10/18/2017

    If you are charged with any of the tasks that lead to a successful product launch in the pharmaceutical industry, you know how critical it is to execute a multitude of steps successfully. Among these are agreement by marketing on the look and design of the campaign, completion of clinical trials, project management, testing of active pharmaceutical ingredients, the completion of a trial production batch, receipt of all materials at the production site, production scheduling, regulatory agency submissions, trademark registration, and a host of others.

  2. 10 Steps To Develop A Sustainable Training Program For Pharma Operations
    10/16/2017

    Investing in training for employees in the life sciences and biopharmaceuticals industries generates quantifiable returns that go far beyond simply imparting specific, task-oriented knowledge. For example, effective and thoughtfully planned onboarding and sustainable training are key elements in attaining a culture of quality throughout the organization. Furthermore, inadequate training contributes to process and product variability.

  3. Designing An Environmental Monitoring Program For Non-Sterile Manufacturing: A Risk-Based Approach
    10/13/2017

    Microbial control for non-sterile manufacturing helps to ensure the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals. Products that are compromised with excessive amounts of microorganisms, specified microorganisms, or objectionable microorganisms may not be effective or could be dangerous to consumers. Unfortunately, the regulations governing non-sterile manufacturing are not as clear or as abundant as those for sterile manufacturing. This leads many manufacturers to utilize risk assessment analysis tools to adapt portions of sterile manufacturing guidelines when developing environmental monitoring programs for non-sterile environments.

  4. When The Goal Is To Be (Bio)similar, What Does Differentiation Mean?
    10/13/2017

    As concerns about the cost of medicines reach a fever pitch, innovators are looking to leverage a promising advancement to help address the fundamental need for sustainable healthcare in the U.S. — biosimilars.

  5. 5 Steps To Set Effective Goals For A Life Science Consultant
    10/11/2017

    There is a trend within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, and vaccine industries to hire more consultants, leading to a staffing ratio that can be up to 50 percent consultants to staff for small to large capital projects.

  6. “Human Error” Deviations: How You Can Stop Creating (Most Of) Them
    10/9/2017

    In the time it takes you to read this article, the industry will generate (conservatively) about 115 new process deviations, and about 65 of them will be misclassified as having something related to “human error” as either the principal causal factor or one of the proximal causal factors.

  7. Contingency Plans: An Essential Quality Management System Risk Tool
    10/6/2017

    Probably the biggest concern for anyone implementing, deploying, and maintaining a quality management system (QMS) is the integration of risk-based thinking. While the concept of risk management is not new, previous practice was more reactionary, primarily focused on detection after the fact, root cause analysis, corrective actions, and preventing recurrence of the failure. Contemporary thinking places the emphasis on considering risks up front (prevention) and having a solid approach to address risk in planning, managing, and driving actions.

  8. Aseptic Processing Then & Now: What Have We Learned Over The Last 40 Years?
    10/4/2017

    This article is a brief retrospective on aseptic technology to help the current pharmaceutical generation understand the legacy of our business and provide a snapshot of where we have been and where we are going. The reader can decide if the changes reflect revolution, evolution, or simply adaptation.

  9. Serialization In Practice: How Manufacturers Can Ensure Compliance
    10/2/2017

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers cannot limit responsibility for DSCSA compliance to just the engineers and operators involved in processing and packaging.

  10. 5 Keys To Aseptic Processing Improvement & Efficiency
    9/29/2017

    Manufacturers of sterile products must engage in critical thinking, asking “Why?” and “Why not?” questions, challenging and pushing the industry towards more effective means of quality and process control. In this way, we can ensure that we are prepared to meet the challenges of providing sterile pharmaceutical products that are not only safe and effective, but also are available and affordable for the patients who depend on them.