Survey Finds Growing Interest In Continuous Manufacturing Of New Drugs
A recent survey shows that pharmaceutical manufacturers are increasingly interested in adopting continuous manufacturing. Most respondents say they plan to use this mode of manufacturing for their new drugs.
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FDA is hoping that by laying out its expectations for continuous manufacturing, applicants will feel more comfortable about adopting such approaches instead of sticking with conventional batch methods.
Regulators and industry officials agree that despite efforts to spur development of continuous manufacturing, uptake has been slow globally. FDA still is on learning curve and acknowledges a knowledge gap around some of the higher order principles associated with continuous manufacturing.