BioPhorum has created a structure and approach to respond to the challenge of developing ePI solutions that add value to patients and healthcare providers alike highlighting the benefits and challenges of the broad range of factors surrounding the design and implementation of ePI, supporting the objective of finding a solution that can be implemented globally . The packaging perspective on ePI is simple: agree on an ePI format, and packaging functions can agree on how to apply it to product packaging. This paper looks at the opportunities and challenges and recommends the adoption and use of GS1 standards and recommendations both to meet supply chain and point of care needs and as a way to harmonize implementation of regulatory requirements.
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Application of first principles primary drying model to lyophilization process design and transfer: case studies from the industry
Mar 2021 | Fill Finish
Lyophilization modeling is well documented in academic circles but has not yet been widely adopted by pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. To facilitate wider adoption and implementation, an accessible Excel–based tool is provided, presenting several fresh examples as a practical introduction to the process of modeling the primary drying phase. Case studies are presented of the tool’s application during process development and scale up which highlight business benefits that have been realized by using the model. Written by members of the BioPhorum’s Lyophilization Workstream, this paper published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences is intended to serve as a pathway to not only share the collective knowledge on the topic but also accelerate its adoption in the industry.
Drawing on their real-world experiences, a group of experts drawn from 28 BioPhorum member companies has provided guidance on the detailed working methods that support a successful remote inspection or audit; for example, how to manage information flows between the inspectors and the site subject matter experts’ team. With the impact of Covid-19 likely to be seen for the foreseeable future, virtual inspections may be required for some time. This guidance will help all stakeholders prepare and to avoid the potential problems of remote inspections and audits.
SFQRM: Strategy roadmap for the implementation of a risk-based approach to pre-use post-sterilization integrity testing (Pupsit)
Subject matter experts from the SFQRM Consortium has prepared this strategy roadmap with suggested actions and considerations to support the implementation of an effective risk-based approach:
Container Closure Integrity: User requirements specification (URS) for optimized container closure integrity testing equipment
Nov 2020 | Fill Finish
The paper highlights a long-term desired view of CCIT to help develop equipment that can better meet end-user requirements. It will also provide confidence that CCIT methods can effectively demonstrate container integrity, such as microbial, headspace (gas, vacuum and moisture) and product integrity. It provides a long-term goal for companies that often use multiple CCIT technologies, with varied capabilities, to support the requirements of an expanding product portfolio. The URS will help overcome the significant inefficiencies that companies face. It will also help resolve the problem that the range of deterministic CCIT methods currently available do not represent a panacea for CCIT.
Environmental Monitoring (EM): A harmonized risk-based approach to selecting monitoring points and defining monitoring plans
Nov 2020 | Fill Finish
The purpose of an EM risk assessment (RA) is to provide information to determine how to distribute monitoring to best verify that processes are operating under control. This step-by step guidance covers the EM RA process and provides recommendations on monitoring sites and methods based on the relative probability of contamination industry guidance addresses these needs and attempts to capture best practices in a useable ‘toolkit’ format. The guide incorporates good practices from biopharmaceutical manufacturers and adheres to current regulatory guidelines.
SFQRM: The use of scientific data to assess and control risks associated with sterilizing filtration: a PDA and BioPhorum collaboration
It is generally recognized that post-use filter integrity testing is sufficient to detect filter failure and ensure patient safety unless there is a possibility that a filter passing the post-use test could have allowed bacterial penetration during filtration. This possibility is the phenomenon referred to as filter “flaw masking”, hypothesized to occur when, for example, a filter is damaged during sterilization such that it allows bacterial penetration, but that the damage becomes plugged during the filtration process to such an extent that it allows the filter to exhibit a passing post-use integrity test result. Two workstreams within the SFQRM consortium were designed specifically to evaluate the risk of this filter flaw masking and to understand in what conditions it might occur: Masking Studies, and Bacterial Challenge Test (BCT) Data Mining.
This article looks at the role of technology in the workplace and specifically how the Senior BioPhorum Connect group is addressing issues such as the use of remote working technologies, cyber security and digitizing the cGMP space.
Alternative and rapid micro methods (ARMM): A framework for the evaluation, validation and implementation of alternative and rapid microbiological testing methods
Jul 2020 | Fill Finish
There are now available to the biopharmaceutical industry several alternative and rapid microbiological methods (ARMMs) for the detection and enumeration of microorganisms during testing. Regulatory authorities are encouraging the biopharmaceutical industry to adopt innovative technologies. Together these methods will lead to improved monitoring and assurance of control of biopharmaceutical processes and manufacturing environments, as well as shortened cycle times in the supply chain. This paper addresses the need for a systematic and best practice approach to the evaluation, validation and deployment of these methods. The absence of such best practice has hindered the adoption of ARMMs, resulting in slow adoption. A nine-step framework and common language is described which can be applied by biopharmaceutical companies wanting to take advantage of the numerous benefits of ARMMs.
This article presents an update on the efforts of the joint PDA and BioPhorum collaboration workstreams—masking studies, historical data mining, filter manufacturing and use risk assessments and PUPSIT risk assessment and the development of a best practice guide.