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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]

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Drug Product Preclinical Studies

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.

Topics: Company News Extractables & Leachables Analytical Development Drug Product Extractables Studies Videos

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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Topics: Thought Leadership Editorials Drug Product Formulations Parenteral Manufacturing

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.

Topics: Company News Biologics Manufacturing Analytical Testing Development Analytical Development Packaging Drug Product Parenteral Manufacturing

Video: Alcami's Oral Solid Dose Manufacturing

Your Manufacturing Milestones Matter.
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 low/high shear 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.

Topics: Company News Oral Solid Dose Drug Product Videos

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.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance API Drug Product Controlled Substances

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 Testing Development Analytical Development Drug Product

Formulating for Orphan Indication Drug Products

According to the US Orphan Drug Act of 1983, a rare disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. The term orphan disease originated from pharmaceutical companies not having the resources to design and scale-up formulations to treat these diseases due to the lack of financial support for such highly specialized programs. The need for financial backing resulted in The Orphan Drug Act of 1983 that gave companies a means to develop treatments for rare diseases (NIH, 2017).

Rare diseases are caused by various reasons— most notably by genetics. However, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) states, “many rare diseases, including infections, some rare cancers, and some autoimmune diseases, are not inherited. While researchers are learning more each year, the exact cause of many rare diseases is still unknown” (NIH, 2017). Almost half of those affected by rare diseases are children (Global Genes, 2018).

Topics: Thought Leadership Drug Product Formulations Orphan Drugs

White Paper: A Practical Approach to Extractables and Leachables on Manufacturing Surfaces

The study of extractables and leachables is among the fastest-evolving disciplines in the pharmaceutical industry. Until recently, the primary focus of these studies has been components in direct contact with the drug product for extended periods, such as the primary packaging, or those that contact the formulation during administration, known as in-use componentry. However, the components used in manufacturing are of increasing interest as sources of potential leachables. Many components are single-use systems (SUS), polymeric in construction, and pre-treated prior to use. Each of these factors increase the potential for leachable compounds. In order to evaluate materials for potential leachable compounds, one must leverage a scientifically rigorous study design against the specific potential for drug product and packaging/surface interaction. 

Topics: Thought Leadership Resource Center Extractables & Leachables Drug Product Extractables Studies Analytical Evaluation Threshold

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.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Drug Product Orphan Drugs