BioPharma Services INC. Successfully Completes 3 FDA Inspections With Zero Form 483s
Toronto, Canada – BioPharma Services, Inc. (BioPharma) is proud to announce that it has successfully completed 3 inspections this month by the US FDA, with concurrent audits at both research centers in Toronto, Canada, and Columbia, Missouri. Over the course of 2 weeks, the back-to-back inspections focused on a total of 9 studies including 4 bioanalytical validations that were conducted in support of ANDA and NDA filings to the US FDA. All 3 inspections concluded without a 483 Form being issued as BioPharma continues to build on its impressive regulatory track history with zero observations.
BioPharma’s US-based clinical facility in Columbia, MO, underwent 2 sequential FDA inspections with impressive results. Since our opening in 2014, the US-based clinical site has completed a number of pivotal programs to support drug submissions to the US FDA and is poised to undergo a clinical expansion to 120-beds this summer. Following these 3 inspections across both sites, no Form 483s were issued, once again demonstrating BioPharma’s excellence and dedication to quality research.
All 3 inspections were hosted and led by BioPharma’s Sr. Management Team, Andjica Tasic, VP of Global Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Louis Co, VP of Global Clinical Operations and Dr. Nicki Hughes, VP of Bioanalytical Operations. Under their leadership and direction, BioPharma continues to lead the industry in quality, innovation, and cost effectiveness.
“I am proud of both our teams in Canada and the US for maintaining the highest quality standards in delivering outstanding service to our clients. The dedication of our teams to provide excellent quality and timely service to our clients sets us apart,” stated BioPharma’s VP of Global Clinical Operations, Louis Co.
“The Bioanalytical audit was a success thanks to our attention to detail and highly skilled and competent laboratory team,” added Nicki Hughes, VP of Bioanalytical Lab Services.
Andjica Tasic, VP of Global Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at BioPharma added, “The successful outcome of all three inspections is the direct result of hard work and dedication of our teams! I’m extremely proud of all that we have and continue to accomplish!”
About BioPharma Services Inc.
BioPharma Services Inc. is a Full-Service Contract Research Organization (CRO) specializing in the conduct of Phase I/IIa clinical trials as well as Bioequivalence trials for international pharmaceutical companies worldwide. The company has clinical facilities both in the USA and in Canada with a total bed capacity of 250 with access to healthy volunteers, special populations and patients. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, BioPharma’s comprehensive services include Bioanalysis at our GLP certified Laboratory, PK/Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Biostatistical and Safety Data Analysis, Medical Writing and Data Management.
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What are early phase clinical trials?
Clinical Trials are divided into 4 phases. Phase 1 and 2 trials constitute early phase trials, Phase 3 and 4 research studies are late-phase trials.
The primary objective of Phase 1 studies is to determine the correct drug dosage by evaluating drug safety and determining if there are any side effects. Phase 1 trials are conducted in healthy volunteers.
Phase 2 studies also study the safety of a drug but focus on evaluating its effectiveness. These studies can be conducted in healthy volunteers or in individuals who have a certain disease or condition.
What is a clinical trial?
A Clinical trial is a process which is performed to determine whether an investigational drug, device or therapy is safe and effective. In early phase research (i.e. Phases 1 and 2), the safety and effectiveness of the drug will be evaluated in healthy volunteers.
What is an investigational drug?
An investigational drug can also be called an experimental drug and is being studied to see if your disease or medical condition improves while taking it. Scientists are trying to prove in clinical trials:
- If the drug is safe and effective.
- How the drug might be used in that disease.
- How much of the drug is needed.
- Information about the potential benefits and risks of taking the drug.
Why do you need to take blood draws and how many blood draws will be required?
In order to evaluate the drug profile, we need to understand its pharmacokinetics. This is essentially how the body reacts to a drug after its administration through the mechanisms of absorption, distribution, as well as the metabolic changes. Therefore, blood draws are collected at various time points to better understand this mechanism. Each study requires a specific number of blood draws and total blood volume. These values will be provided to you and clearly stipulated in the informed consent form (ICF). The amount of blood that will be taken is outlined in the ICF.
Should I expect to experience any side-effects while doing studies?
As every study is testing an investigational product, there may be side effects. You will be provided with a list of side effects that have been reported in previous trials (if any), so you can make an informed decision whether or not to participate in the trial. During the trial you will be required to immediately inform clinic study staff of any adverse effects that you are experiencing. These side effects usually resolve upon discontinuation of the study drug.
Will I be compensated for doing a clinical study?
Volunteers are compensated and the amount varies depending on the length of the clinical trial, length of stay and number of follow-up visits. The compensation is not specifically related to the risks or type of drug involved in the trials or studies. Every study is different and therefore, the compensation will vary. Study volunteers may receive between $1000 to $4000 for a trial (based on the factors listed above).
Are food and accommodation provided over the course of the trial?
Food – Clinical trials are conducted in a controlled setting which means that all food is provided and trial volunteers receive standardised meals. Individual meal plans or meal preferences cannot be provided. If you have any food allergies or hypersensitivity to food product(s) that are clinically significant or life-threatening you may not be able to participate in a trial. Please contact us to discuss any food issues.
Accommodation – During your in-clinic stay you will share sleeping areas with other volunteers who are of the same gender. Similar to a hospital setting, supervision will be provided to ensure that your health and safety are being monitored.
What is the length of a study and do I have to complete all the visits?
Details of the duration of a study can be found on the Volunteer Hub.
What is informed consent and how is it carried out?
Before you decide whether or not to take part in a clinical research study, you will be required to read and understand the information provided in an Informed Consent Form (ICF). The ICF describes the clinical research study and the nature of the investigational product to be used, including:
- Your rights and responsibilities as a study participant.
- What you will be asked to do during study participation.
- The potential risks that you should be aware of.
During this process, you will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions related to the conduct of the clinical research study with the study doctor/ study staff. You are under no obligation to participate and your decision to take part in a clinical trial is voluntary.
Can I bring my own food?
All aspects of clinical trials are closely monitored including the food and drink consumed by participants. While you are in the clinic, you will be provided with all meals as per the study guidelines. You will need to eat all the food provided to ensure the guidelines are met. Watch video
What do I need to pack?
Wondering what to pack before your site visit? Visit our Packing List page to learn more.
When do I receive compensation for taking part in a study?
You will receive compensation as outlined during the Informed Consent process. Typically, you will receive compensation once all study visits have been completed. If, for any reason, you do not complete all study visits, your compensation will be on a pro-rated basis (i.e. for the time that you have participated in the trial)
Where will I sleep during the clinical study?
We provide a clean, safe socially distance sleeping environment, in a dormitory of hotel room style. Watch video
What COVID-19 precautions are you taking?
The safety of our volunteers is a top priority. Learn more about the measures we are taking to create a safe environment for you.
Can I bring my own device?
Yes, we encourage you to bring items that will help to pass the time while you are in the clinic. You can use the time to study or work or catch up on the movies you’ve been meaning to watch.