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Successful Methods for Obtaining Orphan Drug Approval

Signed into law on January 4, 1983, the Orphan Drug Act (ODA) allows for granting special status to a drug or biological product (drug) to treat a rare disease or condition upon request of a sponsor. This status is referred to as orphan designation, or orphan status. For a drug to qualify for orphan designation, both the drug and the disease or condition must meet certain criteria specified in the ODA and US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) implementing regulations per 21 CFR Part 316. The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) evaluates the scientific and clinical data submission from sponsors to identify and designate products as promising for rare diseases or conditions.

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Video: Animal Health

Alcami will support your companion animal health products with precise attention to quality by design and process development. We have experience advancing over 50 animal health products from concept through commercialization, with services ranging from analytical support to manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), oral solid dose (OSD) products, and sterile (liquid and lyophilized) products. 

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Introduction to Quality by Design

Since Joseph Juran’s concept of Quality by Design (QbD) was first adopted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the pharmaceutical industry has been interpreting its concepts into a variety of approaches for implementation. At Alcami, our QbD approach considers evolving global regulatory guidances with a collaborative fit-for-purpose and pragmatic approach that can evolve throughout the lifecycle of the product. QbD starts from day one in modern product development, culminating in a chemistry manufacturing controls (CMC) package that maximizes every opportunity for a successful regulatory review and approval. The value of this approach is simple: design of robust processes for the consistent production of safe and effective products for our patients and long term cost savings for our partners through improved yields, reduced deviations, and efficient change management.

The QbD process for product development is intended to build quality into pharmaceuticals based on characteristics that define safety and efficacy. Critical quality attributes (CQAs) – specific physical, chemical, biological, and other properties – may impact product safety and efficacy and can be managed by identifying critical process parameters (CPPs) through the use of risk management tools and controlling them within the proven acceptable process design space.

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Regulatory Requirements for Early Phase Drug Product Development

Supporting a compound from discovery to clinical phases and potentially commercial phases requires an immense amount of time, energy, and money. Regulatory management is paramount during the drug development pipeline funnel, and recognizing Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) is the foundation of drug safety and efficacy.

Every country has its own regulatory authority, responsible for enforcing rules and regulations and issuing guidelines for drug development, licensing, registration, manufacturing, marketing, and labeling of pharmaceutical products.[1]

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Video: Extractables and Leachables

Over the years, the US Pharmacopeia (USP), International Harmonisation (ICH), Product Quality Research Institute (PQRI), and several other industry consortia have developed guidelines and best practices for these extractables & leachables studies.

Alcami has specialized knowledge of the most common materials of construction such as platinum-cured silicon, halobutyl rubber, cyclic olefins, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and other elastomers. Vial and stopper configurations, spray pumps, and intravenous (IV) bags are among the most common packaging system components we evaluate. We welcome all routes of administration, including the more challenging prefilled syringes, blow-fill sealed vials, and laminated cans.

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Editorial: An Interview with Alcami

Sterile Fill Line 2Alcami parenteral experts recently contributed to an article in Pharmaceutical Outsourcing titled, "An Interview with Alcami."

As new parenteral products are introduced into the market, what are some of the challenges parenteral manufacturers have faced, and how do they solve these challenges?

If current trends hold, it is expected that new parenteral products will be increasingly complex, requiring nonstandard manufacturing technologies subjected to higher standards of regulatory scrutiny and market expectations. With the emphasis on precision medicine— an emerging approach of disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person— there will be a greater number of biologic drugs, multidrug combination products, drug device combinations, and targeted drug delivery systems introduced to the market. Parenteral manufacturing of these complex drug products will require special equipment, technologies, and control strategies. It will also require highly skilled process engineers, manufacturing operators, and quality assurance personnel. 

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Alcami Kickstarts Biologics Enterprise to Advance Treatments for Complex Medical Conditions

Durham, NC (USA) – March 19, 2019 – Alcami Corporation, a leading provider of fully-integrated custom end-to-end solutions for the pharmaceutical and biologics industries, today launched Alcami Biologics, the organization’s new biopharmaceutical development, analytical testing, manufacturing, and packaging enterprise. Alcami Biologics will advance the commercialization of a wide range of biological products to treat complex medical conditions with unmet needs. This comes in response to increased market demand for outsourced biological drug development services.

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Video: Alcami's Oral Solid Dose Manufacturing

Specialized to manufacture oral solid dose (OSD) forms, Alcami’s Wilmington, North Carolina site supports preclinical production through commercial launch and supply. Our cGMP manufacturing technologies, including ow shear, high shear, and spray granulation and fluid bed drying capabilities, are arranged in flexible suites to support novel, advanced, and complex projects. 

In addition to OSD development and manufacturing, Alcami’s in-house analytical, stability, and packaging services provide an integrated and custom-tailored offering to help your product reach patients sooner.

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Important Steps for Quota, Import, and Export Processes for DEA Controlled Substances

Controlled drug substances are scheduled based on medical use in treatment, potential for abuse, and dependence caused if abused— the lower the control schedule the more potential for abuse. The process to obtain approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Schedule I-V controlled substances and List I chemicals licensing involves intricacy and a detailed timeline of approvals. This article will discuss the background of controlled substance applications and how to successfully work with the DEA.

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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.

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