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4 Facts About the Karl Fischer Titration Method for Students in Pharmaceutical Quality Control

Karl Fischer was a German chemist who discovered that the Bunsen Reaction between iodine and sulfur dioxide could be modified to help determine water content in a non-aqueous system. In 1935, he published this new method, which came to be known as Karl Fischer titration.  To learn more, let’s take a look at a few interesting facts about this very important titration method!  1. It Has Several Applications Crossing Many Industries As a student of pharmaceutical quality assurance, you will soon learn about the Karl Fischer Titration method. This method is one of the most accurate procedures for determining the.. READ MORE »

How to Write an Investigation Report After Pharmaceutical Courses

In your pharmaceutical quality assurance career, you may from time to time encounter issues that impact a drug’s quality and performance. Health Canada recognizes this reality, and has outlined steps that pharmaceutical companies must take to deal with these issues in its good manufacturing practices guide for drug products. However, delivering detailed investigation reports shortly after a deviation occurs is not an easy task. That’s why it’s important to fully understand these reports, so that you’re well-equipped to deal with manufacturing inconsistencies when they arise. Ready to get started? Read on to learn all about deviation investigation reports! What Is.. READ MORE »

A Look at Biotech and Why it Matters in Pharmaceutical Courses

Biotechnology has been a part of human life for centuries and also plays a major role in the pharmaceutical industry today. Typically referred to as biologics or biologic drugs, these products are developed, researched, and used by medical professionals all over the world. Similar to chemically developed drugs, biologics undergo strict regulation to make it to clinical trials and eventually to the market, or into medical facilities. Keep reading for more details about this important sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Biologics and Biotechnology Biotechnology companies exist in a range of industries, including food production, cleaning products, and the manufacture of.. READ MORE »

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 »

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