Numerous sources have shown that inspection and verification of incoming raw material is essential in the pharmaceutical industry in order to maintain safety, minimize waste, and ensure the quality of the final product.
In a recent article in European Pharmaceutical Review, Dr. Bülent Üstün, a senior scientist at Merck Sharp & Dohme, reasons that the most efficient means for identity verification of incoming raw materials is to move it out of the laboratory and into the warehouse. He discusses the various elements of spectroscopic techniques including Raman spectroscopy, the differences between spectral matching (e.g. “match/no match”) vs. identity verification (e.g. “pass/fail”) and how to utilize these tools to get the best possible results. In this piece he also highlights the importance of collecting many spectra in order to assure that an identification method is robust enough to accurately provide a correct “pass/fail” result under batch-to-batch and/or vendor-to-vendor fluctuations.
Click here to read the article – http://www.europeanpharmaceuticalreview.com/19435/european-pharmaceutical-review-magazine/latest-issue/digital-version-free-to-view/