The API manufacturer Keshava received a Warning Letter from the FDA in March 2018. During the inspection, it has been criticised that no corrective actions had been taken for Out-of-Specification results and that a few analyses missed complete data. Read more here about the FDA Warning Letter for Keshava Organics.
Decontamination by means of vapour hydrogen peroxide is a well established procedure for isolators. Now, the question is what the expectations of the British Authority MHRA are with regard to sterilisation of direct and indirect contact parts in isolators. Andrew Hopkins - among others chairperson of the working group for the revision of Annex 1 - published his opinion on that.
FDA published their recommendations for further testing if the result of a donor screening test for antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) came out positive. These recommendations may be found in the draft guildeline on "Further Testing of Donations that are Reactive on a Licensed Donor Screening Test for Antibodies to Hepatitis C Virus".
Relating to the increasing need of simultaneously evaluatation of more than one investigational drug and/or more than one cancer type in one clinical trial, the FDA published a new guidance on Efficient Clinical Trial Design Strategies to Expedite Development of Oncology Drugs and Biologics.
The European Commission released version 11 of the questions and answers catalogue on safety features in September 2018. It also addresses the placing of safety features by means of stickers in detail. Get more information about safety features in the revised Q&A document of the EU.
The FDA published a new guideline on the selection of the appropriate package type terms and recommendations for labeling injectable medical products packaged in Multiple-Dose, Single-Dose, and Single-Patient-Use Containers for Human Use.
Recording temperatures during transport of pharmaceutical products as well as calculating the mean kinetic temperature is essential for assessing a batch with regard to its quality status. How to avoid mistakes when calculating the mean kinetic temperature?
The EDQM published a draft for a new Ph. Eur. general chapter regarding pyrogen inactivation or removal from primary packaging materials and equipment. Read more about depyrogenation of items used in the production of parenteral preparations.
The Warning Letters sent to API manufacturers in the last few months are a source of comprehensive information. A detailed analysis of them unveils interesting facts and trends on GMP violations with regard to the handling of raw data, OOS results and data integrity.
In June you could already read about the Q&As of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the use of PDE (HBEL) values in connection with cross contaminations and cleaning validation. The EMA has now published a report which describes how these questions and answers came into being.
The safety features required for the implementation of the Anti-Counterfeit Directive will have to be implemented by the 9th February 2019. The European Commission released version 10 of the questions and answers catalogue on safety features in July 2018. The specific question of bundle packaging has also been addressed. Get more information about bundle packaging in EU's Q&A document on the safety features.