Investigation Failures, Root Cause Problems Continue To Bedevil Manufacturers
FDA and industry experts discuss avoiding old pitfalls and exploring new investigation models at FDA/PDA conference, as pharmaceutical manufacturers continue to struggle with failure investigations and discerning the root cause of quality defects.
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