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Archive for September 2016

How Clinical Research Training Fits into the FDA’s 5-Step Drug Development Process

Every year, new drugs are put on the market with the intention of providing relief for suffering patients. These drugs have gone through years of research, testing, trials, and applications in order to be approved. Therefore, patients have some assurance that the drugs on the market meet certain safety and quality standards. To make that assurance, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), much like Health Canada, uses a five-step drug development process. If you’re interested in a clinical research career, it is important to know each step in the process, as there is frequent collaboration between both governing bodies. Read.. READ MORE »

3 Lessons From the Swine Flu ‘Pandemic’ for Students in Quality Control Courses

In 2009, the swine flu pandemic swept across the world. Everybody panicked and once vaccines became available, people jumped at the opportunity to take them to inoculate themselves from contracting the virus. However, in the seven years since, it has come to light that declaring the swine flu a ‘pandemic’ was questionable at best. What was once considered a legitimate health threat, backed up by increasing death tolls that incited panic, is now considered a relatively ‘mild’ strain of the flu. Given how much the scare was amplified by the reactions of governing bodies as well as the population in.. READ MORE »

How Vitamins are Measured by Professionals with HPLC Training

The understanding that vitamins are essential to good health goes without saying, but what exactly is a vitamin? Vitamins are organic compounds that are vital for the body. When an organism cannot produce, or synthesize, a compound sufficiently in their body, and therefore must obtain it through diet, the compound is then called a vitamin. In order for people to understand which foods contain which vitamins and in what amount, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) methods are used by HPLC professionals to isolate and measure how much of a particular vitamin is in each food. Continue reading to discover how.. READ MORE »

3 Skills It Takes to Succeed on the Regulatory Affairs Career Track

Regulatory affairs is a relatively new and demanding career. It requires extensive knowledge of the business, legal, and pharmaceutical aspects of products in development, so that projects can be operated smoothly from inception to market. A regulatory affairs specialist is responsible for keeping up-to-date with all of the rules and regulations that govern the production process for new drugs, cosmetics, and other medical products. And while it is an incredibly rewarding career both emotionally and financially, there are some specific skills that can help you succeed in this profession. If you’re interested in a career that encompasses the specifics of.. READ MORE »

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