The European Pharmacopoeia's revised monograph 169 on water for injection (WFI) will become effective by the 1st of April 2017. For the first time in Europe, a monograph will allow the production of WFI with other methods than distillation. But there are still unanswered questions, e.g. how to deal with HPW systems which have been already producing water with WFI quality. Read more about the revision of the Monograph on WFI.
In December 2016, the FDA published a guideline setting specific requirements on how trading partners can identify suspect products and inform the FDA about them. Read more information about FDA's current document "Drug Supply Chain Security Act Implementation: Identification of Suspect Product and Notification" here in this News.
The Drug Commission of German Pharmacists (AMK - Arzneimittelkommission) regularly informs about batch recalls - e.g. due to quality defects. Now, there have been more and more reports about batch recalls due to counterfeit medicines. According to a report of the German newspaper "Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung" edition 5/2017, the company axicorp Pharma is facing such a counterfeits case. Read more about it here.
As a consequence of significant GMP violations, the American FDA issued an unusually serious Warning Letter to a Hungarian company on 13 October 2016. Serious also because the authority put this company on import alert until the violations are corrected. Read more about the details concerning data integrity issues listed in the 2016 FDA Warning Letter to Teva Pharmaceutical Works Private Ltd.
To remain 'regulatory compliant' and to ensure the continuity of product supply, systems and processes must be evaluated and the respective processes simplified and controlled. Important tools in this context are accurate Quality Metrics and Performance Indicators.
In October 2016, a facility of the company Qilu for manufacturing the antibiotic Piperacillin exploded. This accident at one production site has led to serious consequences in Germany. Read more here about the reasons and consequences of the supply shortages.
Since January 2013 all imported APIs need to be accompanied by a so called "Written Confirmation" (except a few countries with equivalent GMP standards like the US and Switzerland) which should confirm that the manufacturing site is working under GMP (ICH Q7). But how much does the system help to improve quality of APIs. An investigation of written confirmations issued by the Indian Authorities reveals some surprises. Read more about the Written Confirmations for APIs.
The EDQM has published the next steps for the implementation of the ICH Q3D guideline in the European Pharmacopoeia. Read more here about the changes in the European Pharmacopoeia regarding the control of elemental impurities in different pharmacopoeia monographs.
The US American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long been publishing inspection results in so-called Warning Letters. Those letters are freely available on the Internet. Since a few years now, major violations of GMP have been published in a European inspection database. The British Regulatory Authority (MHRA) does this in a much more detailed way. Read the following examples published by the MHRA on the topic area validation/qualification from 2015.
Most recently, PIC/S has published on their website a "Letter of Agreement between the EEA Heads of Medicines Agencies and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme". Read more on the objective of the PIC/S and EMA agreement.
In August 2016, the PIC/S published the draft of the Guideline "Good Practices for Data Management and Integrity". Here, organisational measures and controls are required to review and assure the effectiveness of the internal data governance system. Read more about the PIC/S requirements for the pharmaceutical data governance systems.
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) proposes the revision of general chapters regarding the biocompatibility of materials used in pharmaceutical packaging systems, medical devices and implants. Read more about the suggested modernization of general chapters <87> Biological Reactivity, In Vitro, <88> Biological Reactivity, In Vivo, and <1031> The Biocompatibility of Materials used in Drug Containers, Medical Devices and Implants.