FDA Warning Letter: Visible Particles and Visual Inspection

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.


Warning Letter for Brazilian Manufacturer of Antibiotics

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.


New USP Draft Chapter <1168> Compounding for Phase I Investigational Studies

The USP republished a draft of a new General Chapter <1168> for public comment. Read more about the draft of <1168> Compounding for Phase I Investigational Studies.


GCP: EMA Draft Guideline relating to the Trial Master File

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.


EMA-FDA QbD Pilot Program Report

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.


Managing Deviations and CAPA still in the focus of the Inspectorates

Deviations and CAPA remain hot topics in inspections. This can be seen in a report published by the MHRA early this year and in a recent Warning Letter from FDA.


Nitrogen Use in pharmaceutical Production

Nitrogen often comes in contact with a product during manufacturing and is therefore relevant for its quality, especially when it comes to the manufacture of sterile products. Nonetheless, the use of nitrogen is significantly less specified than that of pharmaceutical water. Parameters and limits for nitrogen have to be defined by the pharmaceutical users themselves.


USP Draft Chapters on Elastomeric Closures <381>, <382>, <1381> and <1382>

Four USP draft chapters on elastomeric closures have been published for comment in the Pharmacopeial Forum 43(3). Read more about the proposed USP general chapters <381>, <382>, <1381> and <1382>.


Now Official: Revised USP Plastic Packaging Chapters <661.1> and <661.2>

The revised USP General Chapters <659>, <661>, <661.1> and <661.2> are online available and have become official on May 1, 2017. Read more about the revisions of the four USP general chapters.


FDA Warning Letter due to incorrect HPLC and UV Data

In January 2017, Sato Yakuhin Kogyo Co. Ltd., a pharmaceutical company in Japan, received a Warning Letter from the FDA. During the FDA inspection, incomplete data were criticized in the HPLC and UV analysis. Find out more about the FDA Warning Letter issued to Sato Yakuhin Kogyo.


How to inform EMA about GMP Problems or Data Integrity Issues

On 17 March 2017 the European Medicines Agency (EMA) released a new policy on the handling of information which has been received from external sources about serious concerns, e.g. related to GMP deviations or Data Integrity issues. Please read more about the EMA policy.


Requirements for compressed Air in the Pharmaceutical Industry

In many cases, gaseous media used such as compressed air contact the product and are thus, by definition, quality relevant, and in particular, of course, in the case of sterile products. However, compared to e.g. the liquid medium pharmaceutical water, they are much less explicitly specified. Pharmaceutical users have to define their requirements for compressed air themselves.


New Analysis of GMP Inspections by MHRA

The British MHRA has published the 2016 GMP inspection deficiency data trend. The report lists interesting examples for all relevant chapters and annexes of the EU-GMP Guidelines.


USP Q&A Paper on Pharmaceutical Water

The website of the US Pharmacopoeia (USP) comprises a document with frequently asked questions and answers on the subject of pharmaceutical water. The not very well known page contains some very interesting points.


FDA Warning Letter due to incorrect Certificates of Analysis

At the beginning of March 2017, Lumis, an API manufacturer in China, received a Warning Letter from the the US FDA. During the FDA inspection the certificates of analysis (COAs) were criticized. The issued certificates did not contain all relevant information on the quality that would have been necessary for the customer. Learn more about the FDA Warning Letter issued to Lumis.


Impurities: Top 10 Deficiencies in New Applications for Certificates of Suitability

The EDQM has recently published a list of the top 10 deficiencies found in CEP applications.Find out how to avoid undesired inquiries from the EDQM on impurities in starting materials, elemental impurities and residual solvents in the framework of an application procedure.


European QP Association Survey on the Certification of Batches with GMP Issues

To ascertain the information required by QPs to allow release of medicinal products impacted by a statement of non-compliance, the European QP Association (EQPA) performed a survey among its members. This survey on the certification of batches with GMP issues generated some interesting results.


Packaging: Pharmeuropa Draft Chapters regarding PVC

In Pharmeuropa 29.2 several drafts of general chapters regarding packaging components and materials made of PVC have been published for comment. Read more about the drafts on materials and containers based on plasticised poly(vinyl chloride).


Frequently Asked Question: How often does a Reverse Osmosis have to be sanitised?

Reverse osmosis as a main barrier to all types of impurities plays an essential role in both the production of Purified Water (PW) and cold WFI production. In the pharmaceutical industry, this module has to be heat sanitisable. Now the question is how often heat sanitisation has to be performed?


Three-year period for implementation of USP Plastic Packaging Chapters <661.1> and <661.2>

The USP Expert Committee Packaging and Distribution decided to provide a three-year period for implementation of the requirements specified in General Chapters <661.1> and <661.2>. Read more about the revison regarding USP General Chapters Plastic Materials of Construction and  Plastic Packaging Systems for Pharmaceutical Use.


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