Guest Columns

  1. 7 Speed Bumps To Avoid When Outsourcing Clinical Supply Manufacturing

    Any company with successful Phase 1 study data must ensure sufficient and consistent supply of drug product for possible Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials. For this reason, Phase 1 companies planning to outsource manufacturing of their clinical supply should take some essential steps early in the clinical manufacturing campaign to assure a timely and reliable supply of material throughout their clinical trials.

  2. Pharmaceutical Transport Validation — Where To Begin?

    This article provides a road map for transport validation, which is used to qualify packaging for the entire product supply chain. When transport validation is done incompletely, poorly, or not at all, it can result in off-label drugs that are potentially harmful to patients.

  3. Patient Group Advances Clinical Trials, Diverts Patients From Unregulated Therapies

    For a patient with a debilitating disease, such as pulmonary fibrosis (PF), moments of hope can be few and far between. Many of these patients search desperately for new therapies to improve their quality of life, or possibly cure their condition, sometimes outside of the approved treatments prescribed by their healthcare providers.

  4. Fixing The Follow-On Insulin Regulatory Approval “Dead Zone”

    With all the attention on the costs of pharmaceutical products, there is an upcoming regulatory “dead zone” that will potentially delay market entry of certain insulin products, adversely impacting insulin prices for consumers and payors. A recent Senate bill has been proposed to address this regulatory anomaly. Industry players should monitor this bill and other efforts to address the insulin dead zone, given how critical this product is to so many people.

  5. FDA Analysis Of The Top Drug GMP Inspection Citations In FY2018

    In this two-part article, FDA Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer Dell Moller, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality Operations (OPQO) Division 3 Program Director Art Czabaniuk, and OPQO Division 3 Investigator Lindsey Schwierjohann present the agency’s top 10 drug GMP inspection citations for FY2018 and provide insight into the observations. Part 1 unveils citations #10 through #6, and Part 2 will cover citations #5 through #1.

  6. Developing And Manufacturing Cell & Gene Therapies: Do Biopharma Methods Apply?

    Are the methods used for developing the current generation of biopharmaceuticals, monoclonal antibodies, hormone replacements, etc., applicable to the next generation of Cellular and gene therapies?

  7. Does Gender Disparity In Biotech Really Matter?

    Why it does, and how one startup is winning the biotech talent wars with a diversity-centric strategy.

  8. Project Execution Models For Biopharmaceutical Facilities

    Project execution and project management are probably two of the topics that are most written about but least understood by the biopharmaceutical industry. This article is not about the theory of management, but it is a primer on approaches to project execution, some of which may assist the reader in understanding their path of least risk.

  9. Novartis’ Entresto Failure Highlights Need For New HFpEF Trial Designs

    Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) remains one of the greatest and most challenging unmet needs in cardiovascular (CV) medicine. In contrast to the significant advances being made in the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF), little has changed in the approach to treating HFpEF in decades. The lack of effective treatment options is not due to the lack of pipeline activity in this indication but rather due to the 100 percent failure rate of late-stage clinical trials. What is the recipe for designing HFpEF trials with the best chance of success? There are several important considerations.

  10. What’s A Cure Worth? ICER Publishes Value Assessment Framework For Curative Therapies

    The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) recently conducted a study of value assessment methods considered for “cures” or “potential cures” and solicited input from international HTA bodies. The research will form the basis of a value framework that will be applied in the assessment of potential cures and other treatments that qualify as what ICER refers to as “single or short-term transformative therapies.”