GMP NEWS 2019

Is there anything like European Warning Letters?

European Warning Letters? Is there such a thing? Basically, no. Warning Letters are issued by the US-American FDA. However, there is something "comparable" namely the "Non-Compliance Reports" published in the Eudra GMDP database. Now, one may question what the authorites has complained about in the last 3 months.

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cGMP Qualification/Running of Water Systems

Water systems are one of the most important systems in the pharmaceutical industry. What are the GMP requirements for the qualification and running of these systems? The US GMP regulations (21 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 210/211) do not provide much concrete information on this. There is still a Guide to Inspection for FDA inspectors from the early 90s. So, what does the FDA expect today? A current Warning Letter provides a few answers.

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Information on the Medical Devices Regulation

The application of the Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745, MDR) as of 26 May 2020 is approaching. Find out more about the MDR environment.

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How to authorize a Combination Product in the USA?

In the USA, combination products are regulated independantly.  A draft document from the FDA entitled "Principles of Premarket Pathways for Combination Products" describes the ways in which marketing authorisations are granted in the USA and how the various Centers interact.

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When does the FDA announce the Inspection of a Medical Device Manufacturer?

With the entry into force of the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) in August 2017, sections on the inspection of medical device manufacturers in the USA and abroad also became effective. A draft document from the FDA on inspections of medical device manufacturers has been issued for some time now to further harmonize and interpret the changes.

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Guide on the Use of Type V Drug Master Files for Combination Products

In October 2019, the FDA issued guidelines in a draft document regarding the use of a Type V Drug Master File (DMF). In this document, information can be made available to the CDER (if it is in charge of the (project) approval procedure) concerning the medical device proportion of a combination product.

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PIC/S: How Inspectors should evaluate a PQS

The PIC/S has published a draft Recommendation on risk-based change management within the PQS.

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Warning Letter for U.S. Manufacturer due to Defects in Equipment, Stabilities and Complaints

In September, a US pharmaceutical manufacturer received a Warning Letter from the FDA due to GMP violations in the areas of equipment cleaning, drug stability and handling complaints.

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FDA continues to warn companies for illegally selling CBD products

The FDA recently issued 15 warning letters to companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD).

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ICH Q12 adopted

The new ICH Q12 Guideline for Post-Appproval Changes has been adopted in Singapore in November 2019. The document provides guidance on a framework to facilitate the management of post-approval CMC changes.

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FDA's Current Thinking on Process Validation

When it comes to process validation, FDA's Process Validation Guidance from 2011 is state-of-the-art. It is interesting to see how the FDA would like to see the guidance implemented. Here, the findings described in Warning Letters issued after FDA inspections can help. A recent Warning Letter regarding deficiencies to 21 CFR 211.100 from October 2019 mentions the following.

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Final Guideline on GCP for ATMPs published

The European Commission has now published the final Guideline GCP for ATMP as a further building block of its growing guidance package on  the requirements for Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products.

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Clinical Trials Regulation Questions & Answers Version 2.2

The European Commission (EC) published an updated Version 2.2 of the Questions & Answers relating to the Clinical Trials Regulation.

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FDA Warning Letter for receiving potentially unsafe drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to Greenbrier International, Inc., doing business as Dollar Tree, for receiving potentially unsafe drugs from Chinese suppliers.

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Falsified Medicines: New EU Aide Memoire for GDP

The European Commission has published an aide memoire for Good Distribution Practices (GDP) inspection of wholesalers’ compliance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 for safety features.

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Cannabis Monograph in the Swiss Pharmacopoeia

Supplement 11.3 of the Swiss Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Helv.) includes a new monograph on Cannabis Flowers. 

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Process Validation in Homeopathic Manufacturing - FDA's Perspective

In a current Warning Letter, the FDA describes the process validation requirements imposed on a contract manufacturer of homeopathic medicinal products.

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New Warning Letter - Quality Oversight in the Focus

Production and laboratory processes are for sure still a hot topic in inspections. But investigators are also focusing on the role of the Quality Unit and Quality Oversight.

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Nitrosamines in Elastomers?

An USP Stimuli article on Elastomeric Components for Inhalation Packaging / Delivery Systems has been published in Pharmacopeial Forum, proposing to test for nitrosamines in elastomeric components used for inhalation products.

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Batch Release without Determination of Identity and Strength and other GMP violations - A Look at FDA's Warning Letters over the Last Months

FDA's Warning Letters provide a valuable source of detailed information and can be helpful in preparing for an inspection, making a more detailed analysis worthwhile. Read more here about what FDA inspectors have discovered in recent months regarding frequent weaknesses at GMP-liable pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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