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PAT Initiative review 2008

10 January 2009 | By Martin Warman, Director, MWC Ltd

As the industry approaches the five year anniversary of the ground breaking regulator initiatives (the ‘PAT framework' and ‘cGMPs for the 21st Century'1,2), it is time to assess the impact they have had on the industry and to look forward to what the industry may look like in another five…

Disinfectant validation

3 December 2008 | By

The design, validation and implementation of a documented and approved disinfectant programme must form a key part of any pharmaceutical production area qualification. There is significant regulatory interest in this area as it forms a fundamental part of any production facility maintenance schedule. European pharmaceutical companies are required to implement…

A practical approach to microbial testing to support non-sterile product stability

3 December 2008 | By

During stability, product testing is performed to ensure the product will continue to meet specified criteria of quality and strength through its expiration or shelf-life at the temperature and humidity required by specific markets. This article will not address the other stability requirement of continued efficacy during consumer use which…

From data to knowledge through smart Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) and process systems engineering

3 December 2008 | By

Pharma-Chem and bio-pharma development and production are now being profoundly influenced by the FDA PAT1 initiative with spectroscopic instrumentation being increasingly applied, or at the very least explored in product and process development and for on-line real-time process applications. The issues related to robust spectroscopic data analysis and calibration modelling…

Recent development in Rapid Microbiology Methods

29 September 2008 | By

Microbiology is the scientific study of micro-organisms and includes many sub disciplines like bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology: all characterized by the study of organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye. This defining aspect has determined the focus of microbial research over the last century: the need…

Successful Process Analytical Technology (PAT) implementation in pharmaceutical manufacturing

29 September 2008 | By Thirunellai G. Venkateshwaran (Senior Director, New Products Quality, Global Quality and Compliance), John Levins (Senior Director, Technology Transfer & Process Innovation) and Stephen P. Simmons (Head of New Product Quality and Quality by Design), all Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

The use of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) while a relatively new concept to the Pharmaceutical Industry has been a tried and tested concept in the petrochemical industry for many years. The adaptation of PAT systems by the Pharmaceutical Industry was accelerated by the recent initiatives of the regulatory authorities globally…

Advanced Aseptic Processing: RABS and Isolator Operations

2 August 2008 | By

Advanced Aseptic Processing (AAP) is a term referenced in the recently published ISPE RABS definition1 to cover the spectrum of Restricted Access Barrier Systems (RABS) and isolator systems. In general, AAP techniques are physical barrier methods of product protection and containment that are used during manufacturing operations to separate (primarily)…

Platform technology for routine three dimensional cell culture

19 June 2008 | By Dr Stefan Przyborski, Chief Scientific Officer, ReInnervate Ltd, School of Biological and Biomedical Science, Durham University

Cell culture assays play an important role during the first stages of pharmaceutical development. The design of such in vitro models is significant and data resulting from such tests directly influences the progression of compound development. Therefore it is becoming progressively more important to design cell culture assays that are…

Siemens: innovation, industry and implementation

19 June 2008 | By

Siemens seeks to deliver breakthrough innovations to give customers a unique competitive edge, in turn enabling societies to master their most vital challenges and creating sustainable value. Siemens was one of the first suppliers to adopt the new guidelines of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Agency…

Wyeth’s PAT variations submitted through the EMEA Worksharing Procedure

19 June 2008 | By Graham Cook PhD, Senior Director, Process Knowledge/Quality by Design, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

In June 2006, the EMEA called for nominations from companies to participate in the pilot phase of a worksharing exercise for Quality variations1. Worksharing is a key element in the revisions to the variations proposed by the European Commission, which are intended to streamline the process for making changes to…

PAT – reducing the cost of quality in consumer products manufacturing

19 June 2008 | By

The ease in making process analytical measurements (typically spectroscopic) in manufacturing has provided a unique opportunity to obtain up-to-date information for making timely process correction decisions. At-line methods provide near-time information without the need for elaborate process control interfacing upfront. This approach works well for batch processing applications or unit…

Implementation, validation and registration of rapid microbiological methods

19 June 2008 | By

Over the last decade, interest in rapid microbiological methods (RMMs) in the pharmaceutical sector has grown considerably. Technologies such as ATP bioluminescence, solid phase laser cytometry and genetic-based identification systems are being vigorously investigated. Validation and regulatory requirements for such new technologies are beginning to emerge. However, there is a…

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