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Latest Improvements in FDA’s Inactive Ingredient Database Include Change Log and Use of Maximum Daily Exposure

FDA’s latest efforts to improve the functionality of its Inactive Ingredient Database (IID) include a quarterly log to track changes in the records and the use of the term “maximum daily exposure” (MDE) in lieu of “maximum potency.”

Recent Technology and Partnership Advances Made Possible Precision and Speed of Vaccine Response to Pandemic, NIAID’s Graham Stresses at CASSS WCBP Conference

The precision and speed of COVID-19 vaccine development was made possible by recent R&D advancements and a strengthened network of public-private partnerships, NIH National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VCR) Deputy Director Barney Graham affirmed in his keynote presentation at the opening session of the CASSS Well-Characterized Biotechnology Products (WCBP) conference in late January.

Pandemic Intensifies USP’s Focus on Supply Chain Vulnerabilities and Vaccine Development

Improving understanding of supply chain vulnerabilities and providing support for vaccine development and delivery are two focal points of the USP effort to help address the pressing challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore regarding the availability of quality medicines.

IPQ Monthly Update – November/December 2020 in Review

IPQ’s attention during November and December remained centered on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In focus in the two stories in the issue are: ● insights from European experts on the myriad of complex issues that have to be addressed in getting the vaccines from manufacturers into the arms of the billions of people around the world that will need to receive them, and ● how the internal operations and external communication processes among pharmacopeias, industry and regulators are being adapted and collaboration expanded.

Pandemic Spurs Deepening of Pharmacopoeia/Regulator/Industry Communication Channels

The pandemic is prompting all of those involved in medicine production, regulation, and standards-setting to take a hard look at their operations for how they can be: ● adapted to continue being productive and address the pandemic exigencies, as well as ● potentially improved on a longer-term basis. It is also significantly deepening communication and cooperation channels.

Part I: EDQM Pandemic Actions Continue Apace in Fall 2020


Part II: Pharmacopeia, Regulator and Industry Expert Panel Explores Pandemic and Nitrosamine Communications


Part III: Second Panel Focuses on Pandemic Organizational Impacts and Key Learnings


Part IV: EDQM and Ph. Eur. Evolution Addressed by Leaders Keitel and Vielle

COVID Vaccine Global Distribution Challenges Explored by Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) Panel of European Experts

A panel of leading experts, assembled virtually for the 2020 Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) Europe symposium on November 12, seized on the analogy of a Formula One race pitstop in assessing the expertise, cooperation, and timing that will be needed for successfully delivering COVID-19 vaccinations.

IPQ Monthly Update – September/October 2020 in Review

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remained central to IPQ’s coverage during September and October. The three stories in this issue focus on: ● the insights from CBER Director Peter Marks on the difficult terrain that regulators have to navigate with industry to reach the goal of getting effective vaccines and therapies for COVID-19 available as efficiently as possible ● USP’s global collaborative efforts to strengthen the standards and accelerate innovation in the biologics arena, and ● the attention FDA is putting on risk management plans (RMPs) to help in the drug shortage prevention and mitigation part of the pandemic response.

Pandemic Stresses Increase FDA Attention on Risk Management Plans for Drug Shortage Prevention and Mitigation

The stresses of the COVID pandemic on the drug supply chain have thrown a spotlight on the importance of risk management plans (RMPs) in preventing and addressing drug shortages.

USP’s Global Efforts to Strengthen Standards and Accelerate Innovation for Biologics Include ICH Engagement

Direct engagement in the ICH guideline development and revision process is helping USP prioritize its related compendial standard setting, revision, and harmonization efforts, and, in turn, enriching ICH awareness of the pharmacopeial standards and approaches that can help inform its guidelines.

CBER Director Marks Traverses the Complex COVID-19 Vaccine/Therapy Regulatory Landscape at FDLI’s Annual Conference

At the 2020 annual conference of the Washington, D.C.-based Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), held virtually on October 6-8, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks provided valuable insights on the difficult terrain that the regulators at CBER have to navigate to reach their goal of making effective vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19 available as efficiently as possible.
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