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Technical Writing Tips for Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Students

One aspect of pharmaceutical quality assurance that is very important, and that anyone working in the industry should be aware of, is technical writing. Technical writing is different from other kinds of writing, because it is focused first and foremost on clarity. Long sentences and descriptions might work well in an article or book, but not for a piece of technical writing. Whether you find yourself working with Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), Master Batch Records (MBRs), or other pieces of writing, clarity and accuracy will be essential. With a few helpful hints, you’ll be on track to writing these documents.. READ MORE »

3 Things to Know About Continuous Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Quality Control

Continuous manufacturing is a method of mass production, where the materials involved flow continuously, without interruption. It enables manufacturing to be constant, operating 24/7 except for occasional maintenance shutdowns. In contrast, the industry standard prior to now has been batch manufacturing, which separates the process into different steps, executed individually. Quality control is an important part of the manufacturing process. Continuous manufacturing could affect it in a few ways—read on for more! 1. Continuous Manufacturing Needs Real Time Pharmaceutical Quality Control Differences in quality control for batch manufacturing vs. continuous manufacturing include the following: Since batch manufacturing allows for testing.. READ MORE »

Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance and the World Health Organization

Interested in pharmaceutical quality assurance? Find out how the World Health Organization plays a key role in developing global quality assurance standards.

The “Freshness Index” and What it Means for Students in Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Courses

The world of pharmaceuticals is full of intense competition and exciting advances, but the balance sheets of the big industry players don’t always fully reflect that reality. It’s common for companies to coast along on the strength of past, lucrative accomplishments, with newer drugs and treatments accounting for a very small piece of their yearly earnings. Industry examiners, however, tend not to be as concerned with what companies once did. Instead, in the eternal effort to figure out who is doing the most that is new and exciting, they might turn to the “Freshness Index.” Curious about what this index.. READ MORE »

Study Tips for Mature Students Beginning Pharmaceutical School

Are you considering returning to college after a long hiatus? Whether you want to upgrade your skillset to get promoted to your dream role, make a complete career switch, or modernize your knowledge in your field, it’s never too late to return to learning. Naturally, many adult learners are concerned about their study skills and ability to succeed in a learning environment after so much time away from the classroom. However, as an adult learner, you have a unique advantage. Your life experience and previous career and educational endeavors will be an asset in your ability to succeed. As for.. READ MORE »

Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Pros Rejoice: A New Alzheimer’s Drug May Slow Mental Decline

It is estimated by the Alzheimer Society of Canada that about 564,000 Canadians will suffer from dementia in 2016. Medical professionals will diagnose an additional 25,000 cases every single year, and by 2031 it is believed the number of patients suffering from dementia will rise to 937,000. Dementia is a huge problem not only in Canada, but across the globe. Unfortunately, there haven’t been any significant scientific breakthroughs that could slow the progress of the disease—until now. If you’re a student enrolled in a pharmaceutical program, you may understand the groundbreaking impact this scientific breakthrough could bring to dementia patients… 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 »

The ‘Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance’ Explained for Pharmaceutical Training Students

The pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) includes all 13 provinces and territories, as well as the Federal Government, and negotiates to decrease the price of both generic and brand name drugs for Canadians. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadians spent $28.8 billion on prescription drugs in 2014, and this spending is actually down from the $33 billion Canadians spent in 2012. The CIHI also notes that the growth rate of Canadian pharmaceutical spending is quite low. This may all be due to effective negotiation measures taken by the pCPA. Read on to discover how the pCPA makes sure.. READ MORE »

A Day in the Life of a Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Associate

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most regulated industries on the planet—and with good reason. Whether a pharmaceutical product is providing much-needed pain-relief to a patient or helping to rid them of a tough bacterial infection, pharmaceutical products need to work properly and predictably each time they are taken. That’s why drug manufacturers need to employ dedicated professionals with a top education in order to ensure that pharmaceutical products are always of the highest quality. If you’re interested in this in-demand career path, then completing your diploma in quality assurance and quality control is crucial. Throughout your training, you’ll.. READ MORE »

Dissolution Testing: An Important Part of Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance

Ensuring the quality of pharmaceutical products is an important task. After all, if a manufacturing mistake produces a batch that dissolves slower than normal, patients might accidentally take an extra dose, thinking that they need the added medication to receive the care they need. While these mistakes are rare, it’s still essential for pharmaceutical quality assurance professionals to test the rate at which drugs dissolve. How do quality assurance experts measure that rate to ensure batch consistency? With the help of dissolution testing. What is Dissolution Testing? Before we can define dissolution testing, we’ll need to look at a few.. READ MORE »

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