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Medicines quality workshop to address standards for microbiological contamination, bioburden control
Date:2/19/2013

shop will feature a discussion on product quality requirements as they relate to patient risk. Speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USP and industry will address how standards and regulations should be based on quality requirements for pharmaceutical products that reflect the risk associated with their administration to patient populations.

Rapid sterility tests as alternatives to traditional sterility tests based on microbiological growth will be the focus of another workshop session. Conventional tests for product sterility typically require a 14-day incubation period to allow for microbial growth and enumeration. However, in many circumstances, sterile products―which include cell-based therapies, radiopharmaceuticals, regenerative medicines and some compounded drugs―must be made and administered to a patient within a short amount of time; at times, a 14-day sterility test is not feasible. Workshop participants will discuss rapid methods as alternatives for sterility testing based on microbiological growth and will receive an update on USP's proposed general chapter on rapid sterility tests. Also included is a roundtable session which will address recent contamination-related issues in sterile compounding.

USP is currently engaged in developing general information chapters providing detailed guidance for specific sterilization processes for official adoption in USP's compendia of published standardsthe United States Pharmacopeia and the National Formulary (USPNF). Updates on the current status of these general chapters will be provided during the workshop. An additional workshop session on bacterial endotoxins will include discussions on FDA's 2012 question and answer guidance on pyrogen and endotoxins testing, issues to be considered in endotoxin limits for large volume parenterals and USP's standards-setting activities related to depyrogenation.

Registration is available at a rate of $900 for industry
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Contact: Theresa Laranang-Mutlu
trl@usp.org
301-816-8167
US Pharmacopeia
Source:Eurekalert

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