FDA Looks To Strengthen, Speed Drug Reviews With Flow Of Quality Data
New Approach Would Overcome Legacy Burden Of ‘Electronic Paper’
Lift the burden of paper on drug quality reviews and the pace of innovation is no longer a problem for structural engineers or couriers – or even print or electronic document rooms. The focus at the US FDA is now on enabling direct transmission and analysis of critical quality data.
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New approach could eliminate minor differences among authorities, enabling pharmaceutical manufacturing processes to become truly global.
FDA announces the rollout of a pilot program with industry to exchange data on quality specifications for the Common Technical Document’s Module 3. The agency plans to exchange data on other portions of the CTD’s quality section later this year. The data exchange would largely replace the “hunting and pecking” for information in PDFs that reviewers have to do to locate quality information in NDAs and ANDAs.
FDA officials described some of the work being done to advance its KASA initiative, under development to make it easier for reviewers to evaluate, and for applicants to submit, quality information in applications. They compared KASA, with its pre-populated data and drop-down menus, to tax return software.