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Elemental impurities testing and specification limits – ICH Q3D

22 December 2018 | By

The introduction of ICH Q3D (Guideline for Elemental Impurities)1 was an additional safety-based guidance for toxic impurities that complemented the existing ICH Q3C(R5) (Impurities: Guideline for residual solvents)2 and ICH M7(R1) (Assessment and control of DNA reactive (mutagenic) impurities in pharmaceuticals to limit potential carcinogenic risk);3 as well as the…

Real-time PCR detection of S. aureus in pharmaceutical products

21 December 2018 | By , , , ,

The contamination of pharmaceuticals by microorganisms represents a major threat to public health, not just in the USA and Europe, but all around the world. Pathogenic microorganisms cause morbidity and in some cases mortality when present in products.1,2 Spoilage due to microbial breakdown of formulations can affect potency and shelf…

Issue 6, 2018

17 December 2018 | By

In this issue: Navigating roadblocks to clinical success: decision-making from molecule to clinic, Raman spectroscopy for the qualitative analysis of falsified and substandard medicines, and an overview of risk assessments for elemental impurities: implementation of ICH Q3D guidelines.