The EMA Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) published the minutes for the HMPC meeting held in May 2022. The Meeting Protocol contains several interesting developments regarding Cannabis. Will it be possible for regulatory submissions to use the well-established medicinal use pathway in the EU?
New Ph. Eur. Chapter on Implementation of Pharmacopoeial Procedures
Ph. Eur. 11.0 has been published in July 2022. Amongst others, the 11th Edition contains the previously announced new general chapter 5.26. Implementation of Pharmacopoeial Procedures providing a 2-step approach.
New Edition of the Technical Guide for the Elaboration of Ph. Eur. Monographs
The European Pharmacopoeia Commission published the 8th edition of the Technical Guide for the Elaboration of Monographs. The guide helps when drafting monographs and transferring analytical methods into a compendial procedure. The previous version of the guide dated back to 2015.
New Questions and Answers from the EMA regarding Titanium Dioxide in Medicines
Despite being forbidden as food additive titanium dioxide may still be used provisionally in medicinal products. But the EMA appeals to the pharmaceutical companies to seek intensively for alternative excipients and has published a new questions and answers document to provide assistance. Read here what marketing authorisation holders and applicants have to observe when replacing titanium dioxide or developing new formulations for medicinal products with alternative excipients.
Swissmedic´s New Website for Herbal Medicinal Products
The Swissmedic website for authorization of herbal medicinal products (HMPs) has been completely revised and updated. It provides information on simplified authorization procedures for HMPs, e.g. for "HMPs with known active substance".
The latest Updates of the EMA's Question and Answer Document on Nitrosamine Contamination
The EMA and CMDh question and answer collection on nitrosamine impurities in APIs and medicinal products is a "living" document that is updated at irregular but short notice intervals. You can find out here which current requirements and changes with regard to nitrosamine impurity limits, risk assessments and reporting obligations are important for marketing authorisation holders.
FDA Warning Letter: Benzene Contamination in Hand Sanitizer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Warning Letter to a South Korean manufacturer of OTC drug products. During an FDA laboratory testing of a batch of hand sanitizer, the impurity benzene at unacceptable levels was found. After a review of records and other information provided by the manufacturer, the FDA came to the conclusion that the quality assurance within the facility is not functioning in accordance with CGMP requirements.
The FDA posted an article on the ways the FDA is regulating human drugs and biological products, animal drugs, medical devices, tobacco products, food, and cosmetics. How can you know for sure that a product is FDA-approved?