From Valsartan to Ranitidine: Nitrosamine Impurities and the Measures taken by the EMA and the EDQM
In June 2018, when it became known that the antihypertensive medicinal product Valsartan contained nitrosamines, no one had any idea how widespread these unwanted side-products were. Read more here to find out what action the EMA and EDQM have taken in the past and in response to the latest cases of nitrosamine contamination.
Evaluation of the Immunogenicity of Therapeutic Protein Products - FDA Scientists developed a new Tool
For the important assessment of possible immune responses to therapeutic protein drugs, FDA scientists developed a new mathematical tool to calculate the expected risk of producing antibodies against the biological drug.
FDA publishes Q&A on Internal Standard Responses in Chromatography Bioanalysis
In support of sponsors, applicants and research institutions, the FDA examines in more detail the variability of internal standards in analytics and their consequences. The authority has now published a document entitled "Evaluation of Internal Standard Responses During Chromatographic Bioanalysis: Questions and Answers".
The USP´s General Chapters—Packaging and Distribution Expert Committee provided an overview of USP´s current packaging standards-strategy in the curent issue of Pharmacopeial Forum. The stimuli article covers USP general chapters related to the suitability for use for materials of construction including plastics and elastomers.
Fundamental GMP Deficiencies at US-American Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
During the inspection of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the USA, the FDA discovered fundamental GMP deficiencies which concern - among other things - cleaning of equipment, cleaning validation, the water system and the stability programme.
FDA's Answers to questions on GMP-compliant Chromatography in the Quality Control Laboratory
The FDA has clear expectations about cGMP compliance in an analytical laboratory. Read more about what the cGMP-compliant running of chromatographic systems in a quality control laboratory should look like.
Warning Letter due to Deficiencies in the Purified Water System
In June, a US-American pharmaceutical manufacturer received a Warning Letter from the FDA due to deficiencies in the Purified Water System which concern - among other things - the design of the water system, monitoring, sampling and handling of CAPAs.
WHO publishes Draft Guideline on Production of WFI using Non-Distillation Methods
The WHO has reacted to the changes in the European Pharmacopoeia by issuing a draft guideline on the production of WFI (Water for Injection). The commentary phase is open to the public, comments can be submitted until 20 September 2019.