Most of the pharmaceutical products irrespective of product demand are manufactured using batch processes. Continuous manufacturing of pharmaceuticals is possible. However, process viability and product demand correlation need to be microscopically examined. Lately there has been an increasing fervor among the regulators, equipment suppliers, some research institutions/universities and consulting houses that the pharmaceuticals companies should use/adopt continuous processing for the manufacture of drugs. Use of continuous processes where relevant, applicable and economically justified is not a bad idea. It is a great idea. However, it is necessary that such processes are authenticated according to the established definition2.
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