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Biosimilars – future prospects

30 June 2016 | By

Biologically-derived drugs, such as proteins, peptides and monoclonal antibodies (mABs), are playing an increasingly important role in global healthcare. It was recently reported that mAB therapeutics sell for over $50 billion globally. However, one of the major downsides of biological therapeutics is their significantly greater costs compared with small molecule…

Foreword: The evolving pharmacopoeia

29 February 2016 | By

Globalisation has facilitated greater international harmonisation and standardisation of quality standards, which in turn has impacted on pharmacopoeias1. Historically, general chapters were developed based on input from local regions with little concern for global consequences. This often led to the development of similar, but unidentical tests, for example, Residue on…

PAT In-Depth Focus 2015

6 January 2016 | By

Featuring an overview of process analytical control; Beyond API monitoring: in-line Raman spectroscopy for process control; Monitoring, understanding and assessing pharmaceutical process and product quality; and a PAT roundtable...

Use of the ‘purge tool’ in assessing mutagenic impurities

6 January 2016 | By Dave Elder, GlaxoSmithKline and JPAG

The International Conference on Harmonization M7 text provides guidance on establishing acceptable levels of mutagenic impurities (MIs) . It also outlines the safety and quality risk management processes that manufacturers need to undertake to control MIs that may potentially affect the drug substance or drug product. Over the past decade,…

Foreword: Importation testing: an unnecessary burden on industry?

22 October 2015 | By ,

One of the principle objectives of the Internal Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) initiatives was to introduce harmonised approaches, prevent duplication and eliminate wasteful and unnecessary testing. Although good progress was made initially, there was evidence that certain countries, regions and trans-national organisations were unhappy with some of the proposed harmonised…

The cost of drug counterfeiting

10 March 2015 | By

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010 described counterfeit medicines as those which are “Deliberately and fraudulently mislabelled with respect to identity and/or source. Counterfeiting can apply to both branded and generic products and counterfeit products may include products with the correct ingredients or with the wrong ingredients, without active…

Crystallography: A Core Science?

29 October 2014 | By

Crystallography is the science underpinning crystallisation, as well as a basic understanding of atomic arrangement within solids and their resulting structures. The United Nations announced that 2014 would be the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). IYCr2014 commemorates the 100th anniversary of X-ray diffraction according to Bragg’s Law (celebrated by the…

Can HPLC assay methods really be considered quality critical tests?

5 September 2014 | By

Analytical method specificity is assessed using ICH (International Conference on Harmonisation) Q2 (2005). Although, certain methods are not specific enough for their intended purposes, they may have other advantages. Both titrimetric and UV (Ultra-violet spectroscopy) assays are non-specific, but have superior precision (ca. 0.1-0.5% RSD (Residual Standard Deviation)) compared with…

What does quality mean to you?

3 July 2014 | By

An effective quality risk management (QRM) process ensures proactive identification and control of potential issues that may arise during development and commercialisation. Where quality is defined as the degree to which a set of intrinsic properties of a drug product, its underpinning manufacturing process, and any supporting processes fulfils the…

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