Drones that transport medicines to emergency situations, urban environments or geographically-challenging locations are increasingly being utilised to improve delivery, however, there are few studies on their impact on drug stability. Here, Paul Royall and Patrick Courtney explore the implications of drone delivery on the safety and quality of medicines.
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Now that prominent compliance deadlines are nearing in the US, Saudi Arabia and Russia and with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) now in force in Europe, what is going on around the world with serialisation? Allan Bowyer provides a rundown of current events and shares insights into the challenges businesses…
Technetium-99m (99mTc) is a synthetic radioisotope that is used worldwide to produce radiopharmaceuticals that are mainly used for diagnostic purposes in nuclear medicines. The purity of the final radiopharmaceutical (99mTc-R) can be confirmed by applying chromatographic methods. This method is based on different rates of movement of substances in a…
Changes to lab setups become necessary for many reasons, but the important role of quality control should remain consistently accurate. Tim Sandle and Kerry Skinner describe the details to consider when transferring an analytical method between laboratories or when changing your reagent supplier.
Developing a stable therapeutic protein formulation requires an intimate knowledge of the protein and its physical and chemical properties. In this article, Bernardo Perez-Ramirez and Robert Simler discuss the thermodynamic consequences that low temperature can have on the aggregation tendencies of a protein.
Some pharmaceutical manufacturers can struggle to keep microorganisms away from their facilities, which sometimes goes unnoticed until it is too late. While there are numerous threatening microorganisms, this article focuses on some of the most troublesome, highlighting the hazards they pose and analysing how manufacturers can prevent microbial contamination in…
Excipients are integral components of pharmaceutical drug products. Their demand is expected to increase over the next five years owing to their ability to perform various functions such as improving active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) stability, modifying drug release and taste masking. Here, Prateeksha Kaul explores the factors and trends that…
Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are important compounds used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical drug products. Eric Ciappio discusses the potential of vitamins and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) as APIs, with a focus on their clinical relevance.
The International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) is drafting guidance for product lifecycle management (ICH Q12) – currently stage 2b, which requires application of the concepts of Quality by Design (QbD) to ongoing lifecycle management and change control. Dave Elder dissects the guidance and discusses considerations for industry professionals.
Over the last few years, biologics have continued to make up an increasing proportion of biopharmaceutical sales and pipeline candidates. Cory E Muraco and Wayne Way discuss current trends in biologics analysis.
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