The USP proposes two new general chapters <665> and <1665> to address the qualification of polymeric components used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical APIs and drug products. Chapter <665> was previously published as Plastic Components and Systems Used in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing <661.3>. Read more about the proposals for Polymeric Components and Systems Used in the Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Drug Products and Plastic Components and Systems Used to Manufacture Pharmaceutical Drug Products.
Because of various severe GMP violations, the FDA issued a warning letter to an American manufacturer of wound disinfactants. The authority especially criticised deviations in monitoring of microbiological environments. Read the more about the Warning Letter to Aplicare from December 2016.
An article from April reported about the publication of inspection results by the British MHRA for 2016. Amongst other things, this publication addresses deficiencies concerning validation/qualification.
Revised USP general chapters <660> and <1660> have been published for comment in the Pharmacopeial Forum. Read more about the drafts for Containers-Glass and Evaluation of the Inner Surface Durability of Glass Containers.
During an FDA inspection at the Kansas-based company Hospira in mid 2016, the FDA encountered several GMP violations which resulted in a Warning Letter. The GMP deficiencies concerning visual inspection as well as the handling of distributed batches which were contaminated with particles even lead to the assertion that the company's process of manufacturing injectable products was out of control.
In the course of an FDA inspection at a Brazilian manufacturer of antibiotics, the inspector observed a few serious GMP violations which led ultimately to a Warning Letter. Read more about the FDA Warning Letter issued to the company Antibioticos Do Brasil Ltda.
On 12 April the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a draft guideline on good clinical practice (GCP) compliance in relation to Trial Master Files (TMF) for public consultation. The guideline is part of the work related to the implementation of the new Clinical Trial Regulation (EU) 536/2014. It also contains the revised version of the reflection paper on TMF, considering comments collected during public consultation. Read more about the Guideline on GCP compliance in relation to trial master file (paper and/or electronic) for content, management, archiving, audit and inspection of clinical trials.
In April 2017 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published the final report of its joint pilot programme with the United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the parallel assessment of sections of applications relevant to quality by design (QbD). Read more about the final Report from the EMA-FDA QbD pilot program.
Nitrogen often comes in contact with a product during manufacturing and is therefore relevant for its quality, especially when it comes to the manufacture of sterile products. Nonetheless, the use of nitrogen is significantly less specified than that of pharmaceutical water. Parameters and limits for nitrogen have to be defined by the pharmaceutical users themselves.
In January 2017, Sato Yakuhin Kogyo Co. Ltd., a pharmaceutical company in Japan, received a Warning Letter from the FDA. During the FDA inspection, incomplete data were criticized in the HPLC and UV analysis. Find out more about the FDA Warning Letter issued to Sato Yakuhin Kogyo.
On 17 March 2017 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) released a new policy on the handling of information which has been received from external sources about serious concerns, e.g. related to GMP deviations or Data Integrity issues. Please read more about the EMA policy.
In many cases, gaseous media used such as compressed air contact the product and are thus, by definition, quality relevant, and in particular, of course, in the case of sterile products. However, compared to e.g. the liquid medium pharmaceutical water, they are much less explicitly specified. Pharmaceutical users have to define their requirements for compressed air themselves.