A recent FDA Warning Letter cited a lack of scientifically sound and appropriate sampling plans for inspection. It stated that the company had no scientific justification for the number of reserve samples selected for the yearly visual examination aimed at identifying any evidence of drug product deterioration. Similarly, the company lacked appropriate statistical sampling plans for the inspection of paper label rolls.
Even 17 years after the publication of the ICH Q7 Guideline, some companies still manufacture without complying with the most important binding GMP instructions and recordings. Read more about what minimal GMP requirements FDA inspectors expected but couldn't find at Changzhou Jintan Qianyao.
To avoid a supply shortage, batches of a lyophilisate manufactured by the company Jazz Pharmaceuticals which possibly contain visible particules are to be visually checked before administration and additionally filtered through a 5 µm strainer.
The Indian company Sal Pharma has received a Warning Letter due to serious deficiencies with regard to the procurement and storage of APIs, their distribution and disguising information. Read more about what makes the non-transparency of the API supply chain and the procedures highly suspect for the FDA inspectors.
A manufacturer of sterile ophthalmics in Singapore has recently received a Warning Letter of the US FDA. Container leaks and the associated risk of microbial contamination were the main points of criticism.
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.