An inspection by the Dutch authority in February revealed a number of deficiencies at a manufacturer of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). The Non Compliance Report that was published shows which of these were critical.
It has been recently reported in the press that there was a mix-up in the manufacturing of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine at a contract manufacturer. Already one year before, considerable quality deficiencies were found at the site. Now the site had to stop producing for now.
In October 2020, the ECA Academy offered the Live Online Training "The GDP Compliance Manager". During the Q&A sessions, many interesting questions were posed to the speakers' team. The ECA would like to share a selection of these Q&As sorted by topic. Part 3 deals with questions related to the Quality Management System (QMS).
The Competent Authority of Germany (Bezirksregierung Düsseldorf) has entered a new GPD Non-Compliance Report dated into the EudraGMDP database due to serious GDP violations at a German wholesaler. The case involves trading of falsified medicinal products and storage of expired medicinal products in regular stock. Furthermore, there are doubts on the reliability of the Reponsible Person and the CEO due to an ongoing criminal procedure.
On 17 March 2021, the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/457 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. It amends the Delegated Regulation 2016/161 regarding an exemption from the obligation for wholesalers to decommission the unique identifier (UI) of medicinal products exported to the UK.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a Warning Letter to a Mexican firm whose facility is registered as a manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products in the United States. The Warning Letter is not based on inspection findings from an onsite audit but on the review of documents that the company was required to send at the request of the FDA. The FDA found different serious deficiencies based on the submitted documents.
The Swiss Narcotics Act is to be amended. Among other things, the amendment provides that cannabis-based treatments can be prescribed directly by doctors without having to obtain an exceptional authorization from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. In addition, cultivation and export are to be permitted.
In March 2021, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to a Chinese manufacturer of over-the-counter (OTC) drug products called "Foshan Biours Biosciences Co., Ltd." due to significant violations of cGMP regulations for finished pharmaceuticals.
A general revision of Ph. Eur. Chapter 3.2.9 "Rubber Closures" has been proposed in Pharmeuropa 33.2. In particular the proposal includes changes to the sections regarding composition changes and extractable elements, functionality & fragmentation testing.
The latest versions of the two Q&A documents relating to the centralised procedure have each been supplemented by a question regarding the importation of finished medicinal products into the European Union.
In the light of the recommendations made in CHMP's final assessment report on nitrosamine impurities in sartan preparations, the European Pharmacopoeia Commission has revised 2 general chapters and 5 API monographs in a rapid procedure. Read more here about which new requirements are specified in the updated sartan monographs.