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Powder Tester

November 21, 2013 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SSSpinTester is suitable for testing yield strength and flowability for a variety of fine powder applications to include pharmaceuticals, catalysts, cosmetics, ceramics, chemicals, powdered metals and much more.

Is Anyone Listening?

April 18, 2013 8:21 am | by Michael Auerbach, Editor in Chief | Blogs | Comments

Let’s face it – when you were growing up – perhaps mostly in your teen years – you never really...

Lost in Translation? - Can QbD Translate to Jobs in the Pharmaceutical Industry?

April 17, 2013 10:24 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, EPCOT International | Articles | Comments

In recent news we have read that some of the major pharmaceutical companies are getting out of,...

Status Update: QbD

April 16, 2013 11:34 am | by Ronald D, Snee, PhD, Snee Associates, LLC | Articles | Comments

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced the idea of Quality by Design (QbD) in 2004...

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Financial Justification for QbD and Cost of Regulation Compliance

May 23, 2012 7:43 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, EPCOT International | Blogs | Comments

QbD (Quality by Design a.k.a. having a robust and repeatable process which produces quality product without rework or re-testing) is financially important for the pharmaceutical industry and highly beneficial for the consumers; as it will ensure quality all the time, potentially alleviate shortages and lower costs.

QbD and the New Process Validation Guidance

April 27, 2012 7:59 am | by Bikash Chatterjee and Wai Wong, Pharmatech Associates | Articles | Comments

To support a final quality assurance approach to manufacturing, it is the information and knowledge gained from pharmaceutical development studies and process characterization studies that lead to an effective quality control strategy, based on scientific understanding.

A Guide to QbD for APIs

April 20, 2012 6:15 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, EPCOT International | Articles | Comments

All of us talk about using common sense for everything we do. However, in certain instances we do things that are quite contrary because we are in our comfort zone. Many times the world tells us that we did not use our “common sense” or pay attention to the feedback or there is a time lapse.

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Can the Combination of Creative Destruction and “Steve Jobs’ Traits” Lead to a “Pharma QbD Spring”?

April 16, 2012 11:41 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, President, EPCOT International | Blogs | Comments

The answer to the question of whether there could be a revolution to bring about Quality by Design (QbD) in pharmaceutical manufacturing, unequivocally, is yes. But we need some outsiders who can conspire with the insiders to be the flag bearers within pharma companies. Outsiders can be the counsels/co-conspirators to the insiders for the coup-d’état.

Who or What Killed QbD? And is there hope for resuscitation?

June 13, 2011 8:01 am | by Girish Malhotra, President, EPCOT International | Articles | Comments

The title of the article in itself is provocative. Many have presented a “Quality by Design” (QbD) definition. Any process that is completely controlled (operating parameters and flow rates) and produces quality product without any intermediate product sampling and analysis in my definition would be considered a QbD process.

FDA, EMA announce pilot for parallel assessment of Quality by Design applications

March 16, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have launched a new pilot program that will allow parallel evaluation of relevant development and manufacturing data components, known as Quality by Design (QbD), of new drug marketing applications that are...

Process Centricity is the Key to Quality by Design

April 6, 2010 11:09 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE, President, EPCOT International | Blogs | Comments

It would be worth reviewing the future of pharma’s most discussed acronyms (PAT, QBA and QBD). The following are my interpretation of these acronyms. PAT (Process Analytical Technologies) means various analytical methods that can be used to convey the state of the sample as soon it is tested.

Implementing Quality by Design

March 23, 2010 12:27 pm | by Ronald D. Snee, PhD, Snee Associates, LLC | Articles | Comments

Much has been learned about the use of Quality by Design (QbD) since it was proposed by the FDA and ICH (2005) some five years ago. While the benefits of the approach are generally acknowledged, its implementation has been slower than expected.

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Powder Tester Supports QbD Efforts

March 5, 2009 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FT4 powder tester, backed by a unique process-focused approach to powder characterization, delivers the critical insight into powder behavior that companies need in order to understand their powders, achieve compatibility between powder and plant, and enable process optimization - supporting the aims of QbD.

Alphabet Shuffle - Moving From QbA to QbD

February 23, 2009 10:41 am | by Girish Malhotra, PE EPCOT International, Pepper Pike, OH | Articles | Comments

Quality by Analysis (QBA) has been the MANTRA for manufacturing pharmaceuticals. This is due to the fact that, as we know, pharmaceuticals are manufactured using batch processes. Regulatory agencies would like the industry to move from QBA to QBD. QBD can result in a better batch process or a continuous process. Either of these process methodologies require a complete understanding of component chemistry and their mutual interaction.

Quality by Design: Four years and three myths later

January 28, 2009 9:54 am | Articles | Comments

In the four years since the ICH outlined the concept of design space in its Q8 guideline, pharmaceutical companies – despite depending on innovation for their livelihood – have been slow to adopt QbD. One year ago in this publication, two colleagues and I identified what we saw as the most common reasons that life sciences organizations resist QbD:

Inhaler Testing Tools Help Qbd Implementation Through Faster Data Acquisition

June 2, 2008 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tools modify the performance of cascade impactors currently specified in USP and Ph.Eur, allowing rapid identification of the fraction of a dose that will be inhaled. Cascade impactors are routinely used for the testing of all inhaled products.

Implementing QbD: A Step-By-Step Approach

February 26, 2008 10:47 am | Articles | Comments

Quality by Design (QBD) is an acronym we all believe in. It is an integral part of our daily life. We buy products using quality and price as the criterion. QBD is an essential part of business as it improves profitability. Almost every industry builds in quality as part of their product design and manufacturing practice.

Quality by Design (QbD)

February 12, 2007 12:09 pm | Articles | Comments

n the United States, the FDA’s initiative on nudging the pharmaceutical industry to invent, develop and commercialize products using technologies that will result in product quality by design (QbD) is a challenging task. It is also a noble task that will have major business process implications and ultimately high financial impact on healthcare costs.

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