The previously published Aide-Memoires for GDP and GMP Inspections regarding safety features are now accompanied by a third one: Aide-Memoire for Pharmacy Inspections. What are the obligations of persons authorized or entitled to supply medicinal products to the public?
Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 is adapted with regard to Article 47 (Evaluation of notifications by national competent authorities to the Commission) and Annex I (List of medicinal products that shall not bear the safety features).
The MHRA published an updated Guidance on manufacturing, importing, distributing and supplying of cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Amongst others, the MHRA will require a valid GMP certificate for the site of manufacture.
The Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) has published four Japanese Pharmacopoeia (JP) drafts of General Tests and General Information related to Chromatography. Comments can be submitted until November 30, 2021.
In the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) Supplement 10.6, published in July 2021, a new general chapter 2.1.7 Balances for Analytical Purposes was included. It complements existing guidelines for the use and qualification of balances published elsewhere.
During an action week coordinated by INTERPOL against illegal internet trade checks led to the discovery of very large numbers of fake and illicit drugs. Overall the operation resulted in the seizure of around 9 million medical devices and illicit pharmaceuticals.
The competent authority of Czechia has added a new GPD Non-Compliance Report into the EudraGMDP database. The report states that the company concerned does not provide approved storage facilities and the services of a qualified person are not ensured.
In July 2021, the EDQM (European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare) renewed the document "Guidance for electronic submissions for Certificates of Suitability (CEP) applications" and published it on the related website on 01 September 2021.
The FDA recently finalized the guidance on expectations for submitting Field Alert Reports (FARs) for potentially defective drugs. The final document supersedes a draft guidance that was issued in July 2018.
The FDA has published a draft guidance for industry entitled “Bioequivalence Studies With Pharmacokinetic Endpoints for Drugs Submitted Under an ANDA.” The document provides recommendations to applicants planning to include bioequivalence (BE) information in abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and ANDA supplements. The FDA recommends that in vivo BE studies are accompanied by in vitro dissolution profiles. Under certain circumstances, BE can be evaluated alone by using in vitro approaches (e.g., dissolution testing).
A targeted stakeholder consultation on amendments to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 520/2012 on pharmacovigilance activities has been published on the EC website. The Regulation outlines the practical details on the performance of pharmacovigilance activities to be respected by MAHs, national competent authorities and the EMA.
The EMA and the European Commission have agreed to further extend the pilot on signal detection in EudraVigilance by marketing authorization holders until the end of 2022. MAHs with APIs included in the EMA list of active substances and combinations involved in the pilot should continue to monitor them in EudraVigilance.
The EMA supports recommendations for the use of global track & trace systems to mitigate the risk of drug shortages and fight against falsified medicines. To date, track & trace systems have been designed and implemented with a local or regional focus, without taking into account whether they can exchange information with other systems.
Deviations and CAPA are still important issues during inspections. Inspectors' summaries of their observations show that things do not always work as they should. This also applies to root cause investigations.
Data integrity issues continue to be a focus of FDA inspections. Significant problems with data proving the safety, efficacy and quality of manufactured medicinal products were among the reasons for the Warning Letter to the Chinese company BBC Group Limited.