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.
As a consequence of significant GMP violations, the US-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. Learn more on the 2016 FDA Warning Letter to Teva Pharmaceutical Works Private Ltd.
There are many new developments and change notifications in the GMP area keeping the pharmaceutical industry busy, not least because many of the new requirements must be implemented soon. Read moe in our GMP Update Part 2.
The ICH recently published a reflection paper on “GCP Renovation” regarding the modernization of ICH E8 (General Considerations for Clinical Trials) and the subsequent renovation of ICH E6 (Guideline for Good Clinical Practice). Read more about ICH´s Reflection Paper on the potential renovation of the ICH guidelines related to clinical trials.
Critical violations in view of the inspected studies as well as serious deficiencies in the quality management system of two Indian study sites were found during GCP inspections. Read more on the findings of the GCP inspections conducted at two Indian Sites.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a Questions and Answers (Q&A) guidance on the use of electronic informed consent in clinical investigation. Read more about the FDA Guidance "Use of Electronic Informed Consent Questions and Answers".