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FDA Perspectives: Scientific Considerations of Forced Degradation Studies in ANDA Submissions
The author outlines the scientific aspects of forced degradation studies that should be considered in relation to ANDA submissions.

Pharmaceutical Technology
Volume 36, Issue 5, pp. 73-80


An appropriately-designed stress study meshes well with the QbD approaches currently being promoted in the pharmaceutical industry. A well-designed stress study can provide insight in choosing the appropriate formulation for a proposed product prior to intensive formulation development studies. A thorough knowledge of degradation, including mechanistic understanding of potential degradation pathways, is the basis of a QbD approach for analytical method development and is crucial in setting acceptance criteria for shelf-life monitoring. Stress testing can provide useful insight into the selection of physical form, stereo-chemical stability of a drug substance, packaging, and storage conditions. It is important to perform stress testing for generic drugs due to allowable qualitative and quantitative differences in formulation with respect to the RLD, selection of manufacturing process, processing parameters, and packaging materials.


The author would like to thank Bob Iser, Naiqi Ya, Dave Skanchy, Bing Wu, and Ashley Jung for their scientific input and support.

Ragine Maheswaran, PhD, is a CMC reviewer at the Office of Generic Drugs within the Office of Pharmaceutical Science, under the US Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this article are only those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the US Food and Drug Administration.


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