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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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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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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Data Integrity for Analytical Instruments connected to a LIMS via a Middleware

The data integrity topic raises a number of questions. Current questions are addressed in a loose sequence of News. Question 6: How can I handle analysis devices that are connected to a LIMS via a middleware? The manufacturer does not allow access to the original data in the automated analyser though.

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FDA works on regulatory pathways for CBD products

Cannabidiol (CBD) is currently marketed in a variety of product types, such as oil drops, infused pouches, capsules, syrups, teas and topical lotions and creams. Therefore, the FDA is working on the evaluation of regulatory policies related to cannabis and cannabis-derived ingredients.

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Another FDA Warning Letter for inadequate CAPAs

Deviations and CAPAs are still hotly debated topics in GMP inspections. This is shown once again by a recent FDA Warning Letter.

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General requirements for Plastics in Pharmaceutical Engineering

The main material used in plant engineering is stainless steel. The variant 316L is regarded as standard; material incompatibilities of steel with the product play almost no role. This is different for plastics. Beside the leach-out, ageing and surface finishing, other quality features are often specified. Now, what are the general requirements for plastics in pharmaceutical plant engineering?

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Data Integrity Violations detected by the FDA at US Company

Besides several Quality Unit related failures, a Warning Letter of the U.S. FDA mentions an enormous number of Data Integrity violations. Here you can read the remedations expected by the FDA.

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ISO Standard for the Production of Pharmaceutical Water

ISO 22519 is a new available international standard dealing with the pretreatment and the production of purified water (PW) and water for injection (WFI).

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Updated Ph. Eur. Chapter on plastic containers

A revision of Ph. Eur. chapter 3.2.2. Plastic containers and closures for pharmaceutical use has been published in Pharmeuropa.

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Potential sources for Nitrosamine Impurities

Nitrosamines have already been detected in a large number of medicinal products. Where do they come from and how are they transferred to the final product? Read more here about the causes for nitrosamine impurities that have already been identified and what should absolutely be taken into account in the risk assessment of medicinal products.

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