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Dissolution Testing Challenges, and How Pharmaceutical Quality Control Students Can Overcome Them

Dissolution testing is a process that helps determine a drug’s effectiveness as well as how much of the drug can enter systemic circulation before reaching its destination. This kind of testing, also known as drug release testing, is critical for ensuring quality control and the drug’s proper development, particularly with solid oral dosage forms. However, this procedure isn’t without its challenges, especially when the data from these tests is used in order to receive approval for commercialization. Although dissolution testing is typically done via standardized processes, there are several obstacles that can arise along the way, potentially delaying those processes… READ MORE »

How Noncompliance Affects Cannabis Users, Explained for Students Wanting Cannabis Careers

Compliance is a major part of legalizing the cannabis industry, particularly since compliance regulations and guidelines manage any risks posed to public health and safety. Health Canada takes various steps to maintain its mission, promoting and monitoring compliance while also enforcing actions whenever necessary.  Those interested in the cannabis industry should take the time to review the Cannabis Act, which outlines the regulations around compliance for cannabis distributors. Noncompliance negatively affects cannabis producers and retailers—but it also strongly impacts cannabis users and customers. Here’s a closer look at the negative consequences of noncompliance for students interested in joining the cannabis.. READ MORE »

How Probiotics Are Regulated by Those with Careers in Regulatory Affairs

If a company slaps a label on a tub of yogurt or bottle of pills claiming the product to be a “safe and effective probiotic with proven health benefits,” the Canadian consumer has faith that the information is true thanks to regulatory oversight. People working in regulatory affairs are tasked with ensuring all kinds of products—from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals, natural health products, and foods—meet legislative requirements, which includes substantiating claims on safety and efficacy. Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be found in foods and natural health products, offering potential health benefits to those who consume them. To understand more.. READ MORE »

What Those With Cannabis Training Should Know About the Cannabis Flowering Stage

The flowering stage of cannabis production is critical for getting the best out of your harvest. Following the germination and vegetative stages of its lifecycle, the flowering stage is the point when the plant begins to produce flowers, also referred to as the buds. For indoor growers this happens when you switch your lights to a 12/12 light cycle, providing 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to the plant. During this stage, which lasts anywhere from 7-9 weeks for most strains, the cannabis plant becomes very sensitive to problems, which can affect quality and yields if left.. READ MORE »

Interested in Food Quality Training? Here’s a Brief History of Processed Food

Processed food has a wide-reaching definition. The USDA defines a food as processed if it has undergone any changes to its natural state. This can include foods that have been washed, cut, heated, pasteurized, cooked, canned, frozen, dehydrated, and more.  Nearly all food is processed in some way. As humans, we have been processing food nearly since the inception of our species. As a professional in food quality control, it’s important to know what food processing means, its implications, and its history. Here’s a brief overview of the history of food processing.  Early History of Processed Foods  Humans have been.. READ MORE »

The Importance of Quality Packaging for Those Interested in Cannabis Industry Courses

  The container and packaging that cannabis is found in is more important than one might think. This is because there are various factors that can influence its quality, such as humidity, temperature, and moisture, among others.  To have the best possible packaging can give cannabis the longest possible lifespan, especially since lower-quality packaging can be detrimental for both business and quality control. Therefore, it’s beneficial to research and understand the effects certain types of packaging can have on cannabis, and how best to preserve it. There are many reasons as to why packaging it properly and with the appropriate.. READ MORE »

Brand-name vs. Generic Drugs: A Quick Look for Students in Regulatory Affairs Courses

Navigating the aisles of the pharmacy can be overwhelming. A customer looking to purchase some acetaminophen to relieve their headache is confronted with shelves stocked full of different versions of the substance from a variety of different brands. Though they may be more familiar with the Tylenol product, there is no significant difference between it and the plainer versions of the drug sitting next to it. Functionally, both drugs are the same, though there is a good reason both exist.  Professionals who work in pharmacovigilance and regulatory affairs are invested in the compliance of pharmaceutical and healthcare products with the.. READ MORE »

What You Need to Know About Shelf Life for Cannabis Industry Training

Cannabis products sold in Canada must adhere to packaging and labelling regulations, including a visible expiry date. But what does this date indicate? Can cannabis really go bad?  The answer differs based on the type of cannabis product and how it is stored. Over time, certain cannabis properties break down, altering the product’s performance.  If you’re interested in a cannabis career, understanding the shelf life of cannabis is essential for safety, quality, and transparency. Read on to get started! How Does Cannabis Change Over Time? Answers for Those in a Cannabis Course Although dried cannabis flower doesn’t necessarily become moldy.. READ MORE »

What Graduates of Nutrition and Health Programs Can Do for Triathletes

As any record-breaking athlete will tell you, a good diet plan can make the difference between a personal best or a disappointing finish. Nutritionists are essential to the success of sports teams and triathletes. Training for a triathlon is slightly more complicated because it is a mix of three very different disciplines: swimming, biking, and running. Triathlons can vary in distance from a short quick sprint to a grueling ironman. The recommended nutrition plan will depend on the length of the event as well as the gender, height, and weight of the athlete. Read on to find out how graduates.. READ MORE »

HACCP for Cannabis Quality Assurance and Processing

In the late 1950s, a group of scientists and engineers who worked with food products developed what is known as hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP). Sixty years later, HACCP has become a well-established system used by producers and manufacturers to make sure food products are safe for consumers. Now HACCP also plays a major role in the cannabis industry. Since late 2019, the sale of edible cannabis products has been legal in Canada. In order for this part of the cannabis industry to provide safe, quality products to consumers, HACCP is necessary. Keep reading to learn more about.. READ MORE »

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