Defining the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Start at the beginning

Defining the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Start at the beginning

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

The standard supply chain within the Pharmaceutical industry is complicated. It is subject to strict regulations and industry best practice standards. In addition to heavy oversight from regulators, industry, and consumers, the intricate structure of the Pharmaceutical supply chain, as well was its global nature, add to its complexity. The emergence of India and China, where there are now many excipient, API, and CMO suppliers, exemplify that global nature. This expansion on the global stage adds another serious layer of complexity. With distance, comes risk — the risk that something could go wrong not only in manufacturing, but in transit.

With so much at stake, a manufacturing organization must focus its vision from the very beginning. (more…)

Has Your QMS Had a Health Check-up Lately?

Has Your QMS Had a Health Check-up Lately?

IQVIA Quality Compliance

As the Life Sciences industry continues to experience an unprecedented level of change in regulatory requirements and oversight on a global scale, organizations worldwide are feeling ongoing pressure to demonstrate their quality compliance.

To help organizations take stock of where they presently stand, we asked a cross-section of IQVIA Quality Compliance subject matter experts to share their perspective on the most effective way to assess the health of a Quality Management System. Consider these quality system assessment insights and think about how they might help you run your own organization’s quality compliance health check. (more…)

The Future of QMS

The Future of QMS

Joshua Centner, Industry Solutions Group Manager, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Quality Management has traditionally been an area of manufacturing that was slow to adapt and change to technology shifts in the market. Over the past few years, enterprise Quality Management Software (QMS) systems have stepped up their game and caught up to the market by bringing functionality such as 3rd-party secure access, advanced analytics, and proactive monitoring to their portfolio stacks. (more…)

Auditing and Testing in the Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Auditing and Testing in the Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Auditing your suppliers is a key part of your quality and compliance improvement. A pharmaceutical company needs to insist on a confidential, in-depth audit of every part of the facility, operations, and quality systems relating to the materials it wants to purchase, including manufacturing and testing details.

In addition to regular, thorough manufacturing facility audits, the company should actively ensure that it or its brokers have reliable, up-to-date knowledge and verification of the drug substance upstream to ensure that materials really do come from approved sources. (more…)

Managing Compliance Risk with Integrated Asset Management Software

Managing Compliance Risk with Integrated Asset Management Software

Jim Erickson, President, Blue Mountain Quality Resources

Equipment and instruments touch every aspect of a product throughout the manufacturing process. These assets are a critical component of determining the quality of the product in each stage of the manufacturing process, from raw ingredients to final form, including packaging and shipping.

In addition, assets are capital intense to purchase and maintain over time. No matter the industry, facilities constantly need to increase the utilization and uptime of their assets in order to drive the highest return on investment. However, for Life Sciences manufacturers in particular, operational compliance is critical, and the risk of non-compliance in this area can completely cancel out the potential for realizing any measurable ROI. (more…)

8 Internal Drivers for Multi-site Asset Management Software

8 Internal Drivers for Multi-site Asset Management Software

Jim Erickson, President, Blue Mountain Quality Resources

Life Sciences enterprises are increasingly looking to establish a foundation for improving processes and procedures that will drive down their overall cost of production, labor, and compliance. As a result, demand is growing to adopt multi-site, GMP-compliant Asset Management software as a pillar of that foundation.

A multi-site regulatory asset management solution enables companies to standardize maintenance and calibration procedures across all of the facilities, driving corporate efficiencies and supporting global compliance standards. (more…)

Know Your Suppliers: Protect Your Customers

Know Your Suppliers: Protect Your Customers

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Knowing your suppliers is as important as knowing the material they provide. Life Sciences regulators around the globe could not agree more! If you have a product defect, it doesn’t matter who is at “fault”, your supplier or your own organization.

Ultimately regulators are going to hold your organization (the license holder for the finished product) responsible for the quality of the materials and services your suppliers provide you. This is evidenced in recently updated standards and regulations such as ISO 13485:2016 and EU MDR, or long-standing standards such as 21 CFR Part 820 and Part 211, or ICH Q9 and Q10. However, and more importantly, the only thing the public will see and react to is your product and your brand. It pays to maintain tight oversight of your suppliers, and not just for compliance reasons. (more…)

Achieving Customer Success with World-Class Customer Service

Achieving Customer Success with World-Class Customer Service

Charles Murphy, Cloud and Customer Success Leader, IQVIA Quality Compliance Solutions

With the advent and continuing adoption of new technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence, deeper and lasting relationships at both the consumer and enterprise levels have become necessary to achieve successful business outcomes. Customer Success is the term used to describe this paradigm shift in the business world, reminiscent of the transformation last seen when IT became a value driver, in addition to a core function, within organizations.

Customer Success focuses on helping customers achieve their business objectives by optimizing the customer experience and customer satisfaction through innovative products, excellent service delivery, outstanding support, and reliable operations service levels. (more…)

Quality Management Systems: More than the Company Historian

Quality Management Systems: More than the Company Historian

Kari Miller, Regulatory and Product Management Leader, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Product Quality is a given in Life Sciences organizations; after all, the purpose of producing a medical device or pharmaceutical is to improve the life of the patient using the product. The backbone to producing quality goods is a Quality Management System (QMS) that, by definition, supports the processes focused on consistently meeting customer requirements and enhancing customer satisfaction.

In a global industry environment that is constantly evolving, it is apparent that a new approach is required if organizations are to achieve the goal implicit in that definition. The Quality Management System will need to simultaneously evolve beyond the role of company historian and expand its primary focus of achieving compliance. Quality data needs to be turned into information that is informed, actionable, proactive, and predictive. In other words, information that truly fosters a culture of quality.
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The Keys to Implementing an Inclusive Quality Management System

The Keys to Implementing an Inclusive Quality Management System

David Thomas, Sr. Director of Global Services, Pilgrim Quality Solutions, an IQVIA company

Frequently, I’m on the road speaking with customers and addressing quality professionals, and frequently I’m asked, “If you had to give one piece of advice to someone looking to implement an Enterprise Quality Management System (QMS), what would it be? When implementing a quality management system, the best advice is inclusion.

It’s one simple word – inclusion – but one loaded with such wide-ranging positive impact. (more…)