The trade press has extensively covered the counterfeit of Harvoni, a pharmaceutical produced by Gilead. The background circumstances as well as the consequences to be drawn from this incident are of interest here. Read more about the counterfeit case and the GDP consequences.
The European GDP Association has been growing steadily since its foundation as Good Distribution Practice Interest Group in 2013. Now it represents close to 1.900 professionals from all over the world. Recently the Association announced that two new members joined the Advisory Board.
The company Celltrion in South Korea received a so-called Form 483 report as a result of an inspection of the facility in May and June 2017. Amongst other things, it criticised particle findings in released products, insufficient environmental monitoring and deficiencies in aseptic activities. Read more about the deficiencies found during the inspection.
The recall of already released batches, the withdrawal of the currently valid GMP certificate and the import ban for Europe are amongst the most notable consequences of an EU GMP inspection in India. The main focus was on faulty OOS management. Read this news for more information about the "Statement of Non-Compliance with GMP" for Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.
Reaching step 5 of the harmonisation process, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted the ICH guideline Q4B Annex 4A on evaluation and recommendation of pharmacopoeial texts for use in the ICH regions on micro enumeration.
Two weeks after their microbiology symposium in Strasbourg, the European Directory for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM) summarized the event in their press release entitled "Microbiological control symposium: consensus on readiness of new methods emerges".
The USP has recently undertaken an in-depth review of chapter <381> which has resulted in significant revisions especially to the heavy metals and functionality tests. In a stimuli article the USP now provides the rationale for the proposed changes to USP general chapter Elastomeric Closures for Injections <381>.
The webinar "Audit Trail Review" took place in February 2017 - with the goal to address the main elements of data integrity and audit trail reviews. During this webinar more than 50 questions were asked. As time did not allow to answer all of them, the webinar's speaker, Dr Wolfgang Schumacher, provided comprehensive answers later. Find out what questions regarding Audit Trail Review were asked and how they were answered.
Due to deficiencies in the design of the filling system as well as the testing for particulate matter, the FDA has issued a warning letter to an Italian manufacturer of sterile products in Rome. Read more about the deficiencies resulting in a Warning Letter.
The feedback to the public consultations on recommendations related to clinical trials is now available online. Read more about the comments to the four draft guidelines issued in June 2016 regarding clinical trials.
The EU Commission published two new GMP documents in the Official Journal of the European Union. Learn more about the GMP Directive 2017/1572 for medicinal products for human use and the Delegated Regulation 2017/1569 on GMP for investigational medicinal products (IMPs) and requirements for inspections.
ECA's Analytical Quality Control Group (AQCG) is currently drafting a comprehensive new Guideline on 'Analytical Procedure Lifecyle Management' (APLM) to support the lifecycle approach for analytical procedures. Find out more about this new and important APLM Guidance document and the related APLM Conference.
The European Directory for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare Products (EDQM) published a guidance document on the handling and root-cause analysis of Non-Conformity results in quality assessments.