Pharma & Lifescience

    A Prescription for Improved Safety

    The pharmaceutical industry has been working in partnership with international regulatory authorities and medical societies since the 1960s to develop standards that promote safety in the creation, testing, manufacturing, and delivery of medicines around the world. Language An essential part of these safety practices is using clear and precise language to describe a drug’s chemical makeup and directions for usage. With a global market, this descriptive language must be translated so the drug can be approved for use in other countries. A...

    Game Changing Approach to Solving the Essential Medicines Shortage in the U.S.

    Medication shortages have impacted the U.S. healthcare systems for more than a decade, prompting the American Medical Association in 2018 to declare an urgent public health crisis in the U.S. The problem originates in U.S. reliance on foreign pharmaceutical manufacturers, especially for active pharmaceutical ingredients supply. These shortages became exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which put further pressure on an already fragile global supply chain of essential medicines and exposed vulnerabilities. The pandemic compromised not only patient care and treatment...

    Data is the new fuel for effective patient advocacy

    In this article I will discuss: The definition of excellence in patient advocacy in 2021 Why data is so important Types of data used Pitfalls of advocacy without data Different approaches to generating, accessing and curating data The importance of partnering for data Recommendations for patient advocacy organizations Patient advocacy is usually envisioned as people teary-eyed before Congress or shouting in front of government buildings, perhaps even chained to the gates. That activism and emotion are not unwarranted or misplaced,...

    Utilizing Technology in Pharmacy-led Remote Patient Monitoring Initiative

    Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), a relatively new concept, has the potential to change the way we manage chronic diseases. It involves the supervising of patient data between appointments, allowing the team to address issues in a timely manner, more effectively manage medication dosages, and to provide as-needed disease state education. Our practice incorporated remote monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure in mid-2019. It was a manual process where the patient called and verbally transmitted values or they provided...

    How Digitization and Automation is Meeting the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Need for Greater Manufacturing Capacity

    In the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, both the drug manufacturing process and the plant production environment are highly regulated to ensure product quality and safety. Constant environmental monitoring is a strict requirement of GMP/FDA regulations. Falling out of compliance can mean the loss of a drug batch worth millions of dollars and delays in drug availability for patients. At the same time, pharmaceutical insiders know that the rate of increase in demand for manufacturing has outstripped the industry’s current capacity -- as...

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