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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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.
The water content of pharmaceuticals strongly influences their quality, shelf-life, and stability as well as the release of the active substances. The determination of water content is, therefore, vital in pharmaceutical analysis.
Sales of Merck’s drug Keytruda have grown beyond those of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo, to become the global leading PD-1 inhibitor.
Dr Englund discusses his research into medical cannabis, highlighting a range of its potential uses. He also explores some of the challenges that can be faced in clinical trials when investigating cannabinoids.
A document from the DHSC has reportedly advised NHS doctors to ration certain medicines after outlining dozens of drugs that are in shortage, as published in a report.
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…
The EMA CHMP has revealed its suggestion to grant marketing authorisation to seven medicines after its most recent meeting.
The ABPI’s Manifesto for Medicine has been issued, calling upon the next government in the UK to work closely with the pharma industry to increase innovation and access to medicines.
A new report has said the majority of the active ingredients used in pharmaceuticals have never been evaluated for environmental risks.
Aurobindo has recalled prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine due to the medications containing unacceptable levels of NDMA.
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.