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By: Mike Richman

QDL co-host Dirk Dusharme was on vacation for our Nov. 10, 2017, episode, but we ably covered for his absence with some thought-provoking stories and great guests. Let’s take a look:

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By: The QA Pharm

If I could summarize in one page the most important lessons I have learned in pharmaceutical quality assurance over the last 40 years, this is it.

When it comes to putting a procedure into written words, it doesn’t mean the words will be effective in getting people to follow the procedure.

The responsibility of quality assurance is to ensure that an effective quality management system (QMS) is put in place procedurally, is in use behaviorally, and is in control measurably.

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By: Dirk Dusharme @ Quality Digest


Our Oct. 27, 2017, episode of QDL looked at Ford, autonomous cars, and changes to FDA compassionate use rules.

“Ford Plans $14B in Cost Cuts as Part of New CEO’s Strategy”

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By: Scott Gottlieb

The FDA has a long history of supporting patient access to investigational new treatments. This includes working with drug and device companies through the clinical trial process that may lead to FDA approval of the treatment. We also offer expanded access programs that provide investigational drugs and devices to patients with serious conditions (generally prior to product approval) when there is no therapeutic alternative.

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By: Mike Richman

We cover a wide range of topics on QDL most weeks, but our latest episode, from Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, provided a steady drumbeat of technological detail. Here’s what we chatted about:

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By: Jon Speer

How confident are you when it comes to design validation? Does this always involve clinical evaluation, or not? We’ve found that, like many other terms in medical device development, the two can end up getting confused. When do you use one or the other?

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By: Ann Cleland

If your hospital or clinic uses a Windows 7-based version of a Siemens PET/CT or SPECT system, it could be vulnerable to attack by a relatively low-skill hacker, according to a July 26, 2017, security advisory from the company.

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By: Anna Abram

We’re at a moment of extraordinary opportunity to improve public health. New innovations are giving us fundamentally better ways to address disease. Some of the same technology is providing consumers with a broader selection of foods that can improve peoples’ diets and products that can expand their choices. At the same time, we also face a lot of new challenges. The steps FDA takes to advance these opportunities, and address uncertainties, will directly affect the lives of families.

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By: Richard Pazdur

When I was in high school, I spent summers working as a restaurant dishwasher, grocery store stock boy, and gardener in northwest Indiana. The idea of spending those weeks learning about science and medicine would not have been an option for me at that time.

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