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Medicine delivery by drone – implications for safety and quality

20 November 2019 | By ,

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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Tc-99m radiopharmaceuticals and in-house chromatographic methods

20 November 2019 | By

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…

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Pernicious microorganisms: risks of contamination in pharma

18 November 2019 | By ,

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…

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ICH Q12: Technical and regulatory considerations for pharmaceutical product lifecycle management

11 November 2019 | By

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.