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A Tale of Two Deviations

It stands to reason that pharmaceutical companies in compliance trouble also have problems with their Deviation Management and Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) System(s). After all, to maintain a good compliance profile, as well as an efficient operation, requires the ability to detect problems, determine the root cause and permanently eliminate the problems.

Drug Shortage: A Story of Self-Inflicted Management Tragedies

My blood boils when I read an article such as the one that appeared in the New York Times yesterday entitled Supply of a Cancer Drug May Run Out Within Weeks, by Gardiner Harris. This is one of many articles that has appeared lately about the mounting crisis of drug shortages across the country. This time …

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J&J: Out from the Ashes—Not.

Johnson and Johnson gutted and retooled their Fort Washington facility to come back with a bang with the launch of a new bottle designed for its grape flavored infant liquid Tylenol to guard against accidental overdosing. But instead of accolades, complaints poured in about the protective cover pushing loose when the dosing syringe was inserted. …

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New Years Resolutions for Pharma Quality Assurance

Like anyone else, coming to the end of the year brings a time of reflection and anticipation. I look back and ask the question, “Have I made a difference in anyone’s life?” I look forward and ask, “What do I want to change that I either have control or can influence?” For the pharmaceutical professional, …

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