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The pharmaceutical industry has been slow to adopt a business practice that is faster, safer, and more efficient than its current way of operating; that the FDA has been encouraging the industry to implement more widely for years; and that has been used effectively in other industries for decades. I’m talking about continuous manufacturing.

Continuous manufacturing produces a drug product from start to finish through a nonstop, integrated assembly. In contrast, most of the pharmaceutical industry currently uses batch manufacturing, which involves producing a finished drug product through multiple distinct steps in series.

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