REGULATORY ARTICLES

  • FDA FY2019 Human Tissue And Cell Therapy Observations And Trends

    Very soon after publication of the FY2018 data on human tissue and cell therapy products, the FDA released the data from FY2019, which we address here. We examine data from FY2019 and a total of five years’ worth of trends in GMP inspection enforcement in this area. The regulations that govern this area, 21 CFR 1271, are the same regulations that govern segments of human cell therapy and gene therapy products. Human cell and gene therapy products are part of FDA’s Regenerative Medicine framework.

  • An Analysis Of The FDA’s Drug Shortages Root Cause Report

    In Oct. 2019, the FDA's Drug Shortage Task Force published a report that identified root causes of drug shortages across the U.S. healthcare system and made recommendations for effectively resolving those underlying issues. This article summarizes the report's findings and discusses potential next steps the FDA may take.

  • 3 Keys To Realizing FDA’s Vision For CAR-T And Other ATMPs

    While cell therapy remains a very promising approach to developing much-needed new immunotherapies, significant challenges will have to be overcome in order to realize the FDA’s twenty-first century vision of making complex ATMPs widely and cost effectively available to patients.

  • FDA FY2019 Drug Inspection Observations And Trends

    This article presents the most recent publication of GMP drug inspection data from CDER, published November 15, 2019 and addressing drug inspections conducted in FY2019. We'll also take a look at seven years’ worth of trends in drug GMP inspections.

  • Biosimilars: Lessons Learned From Regulatory Approvals

    This article, based on the EMA’s European public assessment reports (EPARs) and the FDA’s BLA (biologics license application) reviews, identifies many inconsistencies that require revision of regulatory guidance to ensure faster approval of biosimilars.

  • Pigeons In The Plant: 10 Real-Life Pharma Facility Blunders (And How To Avoid Them)

    There are situations we have come across where we really scratch our heads and say, “What did they just do, and what were they thinking?” This article describes a series of events and activities that we have seen that are at once amusing, baffling, and revealing of the flaws in our industry.

  • Debunking The Top 3 Myths About Quality By Design (QbD)

    Pharmaceutical QbD and quality risk management principles have become mainstays, but prevalent myths stymie adoption of the concepts. Dismantling those myths enables more companies to capitalize on the benefits of QbD.

  • Are Good Manufacturing Practices No Longer Good Enough?

    Janet Woodcock’s recent comment on the state of pharmaceutical development,“It’s not working…,” should not surprise anyone. Her continuation, “and, it won’t work in the future," is the more surprising, and particularly troubling statement. What must we change?

  • FDA FY2018 Human Tissue And Cell Therapy Observations And Trends

    This article presents the most recent publication of GMP Human Tissue for Transplantation Form 483 observation data from the FDA. We examine data from FY2018 and evaluate a total of four years’ worth of trends in GMP inspection enforcement in this area.

  • Preparing For Health Authority Inspections: 4 Keys To Inspection Readiness

    Health authority inspections are one of the most stress-inducing experiences a sponsor, CRO, or site will go through. The mere mention of inspections is enough to throw some people into full on panic-mode. While preparing for an inspection will never be a care- and stress-free process, there are appropriate ways to get your organization ready for one without adding another layer of stress and frustration.