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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.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Drug Product

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Successful Application of the New Elemental Impurities Regulation

Join Alcami and the Division of Pharmacy Professional Development at UW-Madison for a webinar: Successful Application of the New Elemental Impurities Regulation.

The recent changes to the elemental impurities regulation guidelines increase the level of control necessary in testing for heavy metals in pharmaceutical and biotherapeutic products. The use of inductively coupled plasma (ICP) instrumentation is considered the ideal method to determine elemental impurities present in drug products and raw materials. This approach has been proven to be accurate, sensitive, linear, and satisfactory to include in filing reports.

Topics: Regulatory Compliance Webinars Elemental Impurities

Case Study: Implementing Serialization

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance listing the enforcement of product identifiers under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act.  Specifically, this draft guidance addresses the requirement in section 582(b)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360eee-1(b)(2)) that manufacturers “affix or imprint a product identifier to each package and homogenous case of a product intended to be introduced in a transaction into commerce” beginning no later than November 27, 2017.  Ultimately, the FDA recognized the massive undertaking of such a requirement and extended the deadline to November 26, 2018.

Alcami began implementing serialization in 2015 to achieve the aggressive timelines and develop the necessary documentation needed to meet compliance.

This case study shows how Alcami has successfully transferred clients into the new serialization program.

Topics: Resource Center Regulatory Compliance Serialization Drug Product

Serialization CDMO Checklist

Given that serialization execution is new to many in the industry, what should drug developers look for when reviewing a new contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that will be manufacturing serialized product or when approaching the project with existing CDMOs?

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Serialization

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Elemental Impurities - Missed the Deadline? Now What?

Join Alcami for a webinar to learn more about elemental impurities and the updated regulatory requirements.

It’s official! The methods outlined in USP General Chapter <231> are retired. If you missed the January 1, 2018 deadline, we are here to help. Our in-house experts will share our approved testing plan that can be submitted to the FDA to help ensure you are moving to compliance, and will highlight experiences gained while working with the new regulations.

Topics: Regulatory Compliance Webinars Elemental Impurities

Editorial: Implications of Serialization for the U.S. Pharma Industry

As published in Pharma's Almanac Q2 2017.


New requirements under the U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) have been set for pharmaceutical manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, dispensers and third-party logistics providers. Some of these requirements began in 2014; additional requirements will be phased in until 2023. The next deadline — November 2017 — applies to manufacturers. Compliance is challenging, but noncompliance carries the risk of significant consequences. In addition, challenges won’t end with implementation: there will be vast quantities of data to manage to support serialized production moving forward.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Serialization Supply Chain Editorials

Serialization - Data Management Challenges

The implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requirements poses many challenges. There can be an impact on productivity if your Serialization and Track/Trace systems are not prepared. Poor implementation plans can cause operational bottlenecks for several years as additional requirements are steadily implemented from now to 2024. As each system goes online, it will be necessary to “work out the bugs” and provide additional training for production and warehouse personnel.

Topics: Regulatory Compliance Serialization Supply Chain

FAQs on What Happens If You Miss the Serialization Deadline

Serialization affects all stages of the supply chain and with many companies, small and large, unprepared for the scope of regulations and data support required it leads to the question: what happens if you miss the serialization deadline? This blog is intended to shed light on what to be ready for and what consequences will take place if you do not make the November 27, 2017 deadline.

Topics: Regulatory Compliance Serialization Supply Chain

Serialization Overview: What’s Required for November 27, 2017 Deadline

New requirements under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) have been set for manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale, distributors, dispensers and third-party logistics providers. Some of these requirements began in 2014 with additional requirements continuing to be phased in until 2023. The November deadline is part of the multi-year initiative to secure the supply chain for pharmaceuticals in the U.S.

The goal of the DSCSA is to enable tracking of drug product down to the individual unit of sale and to improve detection and removal of counterfeit products in the drug supply chain along with facilitating more efficient drug recalls.

Topics: Regulatory Compliance Serialization Supply Chain

Elemental Impurities – Highlights of the Coming Regulation

Replacement of the wet chemistry “heavy metals” limit tests with more modern analytical methodology and conformance to new and specific limits for individual elements was a dramatic, although anticipated, change in the regulation.

The ICH recognized that prior to the Q3D Guidance, regulation of elemental impurities fell under Guideline Q3A for inorganic impurities. Existing pharmacopoeial procedures included the Heavy Metals test, Residue on Ignition/Sulfated Ash test and other wet chemistry tests. The problem with these procedures was that they were non-specific and were never intended to detect the low-level residual metal catalysts and reagents used in some modern synthetic processes. In addition, the acceptance criteria were based upon historical precedent and, although risk factors for metal contamination had changed significantly throughout the 20th century, the existing limits had not changed accordingly and had little toxological basis.

Topics: Regulatory Compliance Elemental Impurities