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Editorial: Considerations for Approval of Biosimilars

Alcami recently contributed to a special feature in the August / September issue of Chemicals Knowledge magazine, titled "Considerations for Approval of Biosimilars."

Biosimilars are sometimes incorrectly considered equivalent to a generic small molecule therapeutic, but for a biologic drug product, the clinical and regulatory pathways are quite different. Alcami Commercial Development Manager Cheryl Johnson explains the distinct differences in the FDA’s definition, development strategy, and regulatory approval pathways.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Biologics Editorials Parenteral Manufacturing

eBook: Analytical Testing in Drug Development

Alcami recently contributed to an eBook produced by Drug Development and Delivery. The eBook, titled "Analytical Testing in Drug Development," features four companies and explains how they each help the pharmaceutical and biotech industries comply with drug development regulatory requirements. 

Angela Moore, abuse-deterrence studies subject matter expert at Alcami, contributed to the eBook. Her article focuses on considerations for abuse-deterrent Category 1 studies as well as standard syringeability studies.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Abuse-Deterrence Editorials Development

Analytics in Solid State Chemistry: What You Need to Know

Solid state chemistry is fundamental to the development of a pharmaceutical compound into a drug product, and understanding analytics is crucial to successfully addressing any challenges that can occur in a product’s lifecycle. In solid state chemistry specifically, the physical and chemical (PhysChem) analytics will show which properties need to be improved to help ensure the highest chances of success: purity, stability, solubility, or bioavailability.

In drug development, knowing the characteristics of each form of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is essential in order to select the most suitable form for production. For the research chemist, the PhysChem purity is one of the most crucial requirements. Furthermore, selection of the thermodynamically most stable polymorph; low hygroscopicity measured by dynamic vapor sorption (DVS); consistent crystallinity measured using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD); sharp single melting event determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC); and low levels of residual solvent by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) are all part of the ranking criteria. Aqueous solubility and dissolution rate are indispensable for the route of delivery and dosage form.

Topics: Thought Leadership Solid State API

A 3-Minute Introduction To Rapid Sterility Testing

Rapid sterility is an alternative test method to the US Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapter <71>, Ph.Eur. 2.6.1, and JP 4.06 sterility tests that allows for shorter incubation periods and faster results. A typical sterility test has 14 full days of incubation and uses analyst observations to generate results, whereas a rapid sterility test is reduced to just five days of incubation – a 64% reduction in processing time. Rapid sterility also incorporates more sophisticated, computer-generated results, which eliminate observation bias. Alcami utilizes the Milliflex® Rapid System for the rapid sterility test, which uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence for detection of microorganisms after five days.

Topics: Thought Leadership Analytical Testing Microbiology Rapid Sterility

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.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Manufacturing Development Drug Product

Editorial: Enabling Technologies Advance Poorly Soluble Highly Potent APIs

Alcami recently contributed to a special feature in Pharmaceutical Technology magazine, titled "Enabling Technologies Advance Poorly Soluble Highly Potent APIs."

Excerpt from Alcami: In fact, challenges in containment can limit the technology that can be deployed for solubility enhancement, according to Adam Kujath, global senior director of manufacturing science and technology at Alcami. “Typical API approaches for solid dosage forms to improve solubility like micronization and spray drying are more difficult to outfit with appropriate containment systems. For instance, milling of solids, while not impossible to do in appropriate containment, poses a challenge since it tends to create dust in the breathing airspace for any worker. For parenteral formulations, lyophilization presents a similar challenge,” he says.

Topics: Thought Leadership HPAPI Editorials API Formulations

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

Editorial: Designing a CMC Strategy for Accelerated Development of Biotherapeutics

Alcami recently contributed to a special feature in Drug Development and Delivery magazine titled "Designing a CMC Strategy for Accelerated Development of Biotherapeutics."

As the pipeline of biologic drugs intended to treat complex disease expands, the typical timeline for drug development seems to be shortening more frequently and with more intensity. There are many drivers to accelerate development.

Topics: Thought Leadership Regulatory Compliance Biologics Editorials Parenteral Manufacturing

Editorial: Novel Therapies Roundtable Discussion

Alcami recently contributed to a roundtable discussion in Pharma's Almanac magazine, answering the question:

"What truly novel therapies in the earliest stages of discovery and development do you believe will have a significant impact in the future?" 

The article shares insights to this question from Alcami, along with other companies in the biologics space.

Topics: Thought Leadership Biologics Editorials Development

Editorial: Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Alcami recently contributed to an article in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal titled, "Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis."

Our community has come together, like many others, to combat the opioid crisis. Several local agencies have rallied to create impactful community resources. A 2016 survey by Castlight, which listed Wilmington, NC as the #1 city for opioid abuse in the United States, was a wake-up call to the level of severity this community has been affected by opioid-related fatalities and hardships. At Alcami, we work with our clients to develop abuse deterrence medicines to help combat this nationwide epidemic that hits home, even here in Wilmington.

Topics: Thought Leadership Abuse-Deterrence Editorials