Shannon covers pharmaceutical quality, manufacturing, and regulatory topics for Informa. She is also interested in environmental issues and covers sustainability initiatives in manufacturing. She started her career as a writer and editor at the US National Cancer Institute. After several years of freelancing for healthcare and environmental outlets, she received an MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University and started at Informa.
Hailing from Oahu, Hawaii, she enjoys travel and is also an avid reader and practitioner of yoga. She speaks Spanish and elementary German.
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Use of robotic aseptic manufacturing techniques is increasing, but regulatory agencies are giving conflicting feedback, according to an industry executive. The dilemma points to the need for more development of and consistency in regulation for advanced manufacturing.
Report says agencies took steps to use DPA more effectively, but HHS still working on a strategy for DPA use that will strengthen domestic supply chains and manufacturing.
Comments cite requests for delayed or phased implementation, question how data will be used, and ask whether current reporting avenues could be used to gather similar information, among other concerns.
As the response to another wave of COVID-19 infections continues, fill rates of critical medicines such as methylprednisolone are dropping. But experts say the answer is not to concentrate manufacturing in US facilities, which could lead to further risks if US supply is disrupted.
Guidance aligns with USP Chapters <790> and <1790>; encourages risk-based approach to identifying and correcting particulate contamination of sterile injectables to build on recent successes in reducing particulate-driven recalls.
In Cleveland and Moscow, researchers found freshly-manufactured T-cells showed faster reduction of tumor burden than cryopreserved cells, but uncertainty remains about what the clearance process for the technology will be at the US FDA.