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The Top Five Most Asked Extractables and Leachables Questions Answered

Agency expectations are quickly evolving for the evaluation of drug product packaging and delivery systems and the surfaces used during manufacture with respect to potential leachables. Every new and generic drug product must be assessed for extractables and leachables (E&L). In this top five list, Alcami experts will address the extractables and leachables questions our experts hear most.

  1. What is the difference between an extractable and a leachable?
    Extractables are compounds that can be extracted from a packaging component, delivery system, or manufacturing surface via laboratory manipulation, such as exposure to solvents or heat. Extractables can be potential leachables. Leachables are compounds that passively migrate into the drug product over time, as a result of direct contact from the packaging system, in-use componentry, or a manufacturing surface.

Topics: Analytical Testing Extractables & Leachables Analytical Development

Agency-Accepted Testing and Filing Strategy for Elemental Impurities

The new elemental impurities regulations stress the importance of controlling all sources of elemental impurities in drug products. The regulations also impact all upcoming and current commercial drug products for human use. To comply with these regulations, it is critical to have an efficient, cost-effective, and agency-accepted approach.

Elemental impurities can contaminate or leach into a drug product from multiple sources (i.e. drug substance, excipients, water, equipment, and container closure systems), therefore, it is no longer acceptable to monitor the inlet raw materials only. A conservative risk-based approach is recommended, which should address all potential sources of elemental impurities. If it can be demonstrated that the elemental impurities present in the drug product are under control (less than the control threshold for three lots), then analysis at release is not needed. 

Topics: Analytical Testing Elemental Impurities Regulatory Compliance Analytical Development

Case Study: Medicines Development for Global Health

In 2016, the not-for-profit Australian biopharmaceutical company Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH) came to Alcami to initiate work on moxidectin, a novel new drug for the treatment of river blindness (onchocerciasis). The project utilized Alcami’s advanced analytical testing services and industry-leading accelerated turnaround time offering to meet critical New Drug Application (NDA) filing timelines. Now, the two companies are exploring new opportunities to help eliminate neglected tropical diseases that affect over 2 billion of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

Read this case study to learn more about how Alcami’s advanced analytical testing technology center supported MDGH's moxidectin’s US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

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ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Submitting Samples through Alcami OnDemand™

Join Alcami for a webinar to learn more about submitting samples through Alcami OnDemand, a customer portal that provides clients unprecedented and rapid access and visualization into ongoing projects. 

Using Alcami OnDemand to submit Analytical Testing projects is a simple process that will save you time and streamline project tracking. This webinar will detail the finer points of online sample submission. We will show you how to build a sample submission project in Alcami OnDemand and walk you through the following processes:

Topics: Webinars Analytical Development Analytical Testing Alcami OnDemand

Alcami Helps Medicines Development for Global Health Secure FDA Approval of Moxidectin for River Blindness

Durham, NC (USA) – October 25, 2018 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, announced today its collaboration with Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH), a not-for-profit Australian biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of affordable medicines and vaccines for neglected diseases prevalent in low and middle-income countries. MDGH recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of moxidectin, a novel new drug for the treatment of river blindness (onchocerciasis). MDGH utilized Alcami’s advanced analytical testing services and industry-leading accelerated turnaround time offering to meet critical approval deadlines.

Topics: Company News Analytical Development Analytical Testing Development Drug Product

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Extractables & Leachables 101: The Past, Present, and Future

Requirements from regulatory agencies have become increasingly rigorous with regards to the detection, identification, and quantitation of extractable and leachable compounds in pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, and biomedical devices. This heightened scrutiny is the result of several well‐documented incidents of contaminants leaching from containers and packaging, causing potential or real risk to humans. Therefore, regulatory agencies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA), have increased regulations on potential extractables and leachables in drug product container and closure systems.

Topics: Webinars Extractables & Leachables Biologics Analytical Development

The Role of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Programs

An FTE agreement is considered a comprehensive analytical service that allows pharmaceutical and biotech companies flexibility, freedom, and consistent control of outsourced laboratory needs.

Drug developers with an abundance of overflow lab testing or limited lab space and staffing are ideal candidates for what Alcami calls an Extended Workbench program. Additional support may also be critical if the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the acceleration of your drug product. The chart below is a summary of the FDA’s drug development descriptions for when a product has significant implication on a patients’ welfare (FDA, 2018).

Topics: Analytical Development Analytical Testing Development Drug Product

Alcami’s Extended Workbench Supports Commercial Supply of Flexion Therapeutics’s ZILRETTA® (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension)

Durham, NC (USA) – June 13, 2018 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, today announced the expanded deployment of its Extended Workbench laboratory services program to support the ongoing manufacturing and development of ZILRETTA® (triamcinolone acetonide extended-release injectable suspension). ZILRETTA is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved product from Flexion Therapeutics, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel, local therapies for the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, beginning with osteoarthritis (OA). Flexion utilized Alcami’s Extended Workbench to support ZILRETTA from Phase 2 clinical trials through commercial launch and is using the program for the release and stability testing of commercial batches.

Topics: Company News Analytical Development Analytical Testing Development Drug Product

Alcami Announces Industry-Leading Analytical Testing Turnaround Time

Durham, NC (USA) – May 8, 2018 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, today announces the advancement of the drug development process with the company’s new, dramatically-reduced analytical testing turnaround times. Alcami continues to set the industry standard with its analytical testing offering, and through operational excellence, streamlined processes, and technical knowledge and expertise, has reduced timelines by up to 30 percent.

“At Alcami, your timeline is our timeline,” said Alcami Chief Commercial Officer, Syed T. Husain. “We have made efficient, rapid, and reliable turnaround time a priority, as part of our commitment to bring our clients’ products through the clinic and to market first, while delivering the highest level of quality and finest customer experience in the industry.”

Topics: Company News Analytical Development Analytical Testing Microbiology Development

Alcami St. Louis Facility to be Honored by Missouri House of Representatives and City of St. Louis

Durham, NC (USA) – May 3, 2018 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, today announces the Missouri House of Representatives and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson will honor Alcami with a resolution and letter of commendation, recognizing the company’s operational excellence, celebrating its industry-leading accomplishments, and applauding the organization for improving St. Louis citizens’ quality of life.

State Representative Steven Roberts of St. Louis District 77 and City of St. Louis Chief Technology Officer Robert Gaskill-Clemons will issue the proclamation and congratulatory letter Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 2:00 p.m., at an invitation-only customer open house event inside Alcami’s state-of-the-art Center of Excellence for analytical testing.

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