Follow the Trail to Find Data Integrity Problems

How Do I Follow The Trail? One of the most effective audits I ever participated in started with a systems-naive auditor asking a simple question: “Imagine I’m a sample arriving at your loading dock. What happens to me?” We proceeded down the trail together, following the sample through the processes of accessioning, analysis, reporting, and storage. While you can start [...]


The EMA published a reflection paper on July 3, 2017, that addresses ‘the requirements for selection and justification of starting materials for the manufacture of chemical active substances.’  The intent of the reflection paper, prepared by the Quality Working Party, is to clarify expectations outlined in ICHQ11, Development and Manufacture of Drug Substances (Chemical Entities and Biotechnological / Biological [...]

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How Does the Government Shutdown Impact FDA Inspections?

The government is still shut down, though the FDA is still about half-open.  The question is: which half? The government shutdown is now on day 9, with no end in sight. Based purely on our 483 sales data in the last 9 days compared to September data, we’re seeing a significant drop. It makes sense that FDA inspections have either [...]

Differences Between Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials – A Primer

Given that the size of the pharmaceutical industry at times overshadows the medical device market, it is no surprise that companies that are just getting started in device development sometimes need clarification about the regulatory implications and practical differences between pharma clinical trials and medical device clinical trials. We’ve put together a basic primer to help guide readers through the [...]

Taming the Monster – The Economic Benefits of Adaptive Trials

There is no question that pharmaceutical companies large and small are feeling the financial pressures associated with deploying large clinical trials. Traditional trial designs can be overly cumbersome and expensive, particularly when applied to large populations of patients over the course of a lengthy investigation. This inescapable fact has lead many investigators to consider alternative pathways to gathering the safety and [...]