GMP News - Aseptic / Microbiology

05.02.20

New USP Chapters regarding Testing for Subvisible Particles

The USP has published the revised chapter on testing for non-visible particles <1788> as well as new monographs on the individual test methods light obscuration, membrane microscopy and flow imaging as drafts.

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06.11.19

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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16.10.19

Japanese Pharmacopoeia - Draft Chapter of alternative Endotoxin Testing

The Japanese Pharnacopoe has published a new chapter draft of "Bacterial Endotoxins Test and alternative methods using recombinant protein-reagents for endotoxin assay" for comment.

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02.10.19

FDA Guide for Non-clinical Studies of Oncological Therapeutic Radiopharmaceuticals

The FDA has published a final guideline for non-clinical studies of "Oncology Therapeutic Radiopharmaceuticals" to close the gaps in the existing FDA and ICH Guidelines.

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18.09.19

GMP for Radiopharmaceuticals - WHO/IAEA Guideline open for comments

In July, the WHO and the IAEA published a draft guideline for the specific GMP requirements for the manufacture and control of radiopharmaceuticals, which can be commented until 20 September.

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11.09.19

Media Fill and Aseptic Behaviour in Focus of FDA Warning Letter

Significant deficiencies in the pharmaceutical quality management system led to a Warning Letter to the American company Akorn. What deviations in media fill and aseptic behavior were detected in the inspected company?

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28.08.19

Warning Letter for Indian Sterile Manufacturer

Indian sterile manufacturer Emcure Pharmaceuticals has once more received a warning letter from the FDA with concerns to the root cause analysis of deviations in sterility testing.

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21.08.19

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.

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07.08.19

What is considered GMP-compliant equipment design?

It's a frequent question what GMP compliant equipment design is or how a system has to be made up in order to be GMP compliant and suitable for the manufacturing of medicinal products/APIs. There is a short and a long answer to these questions around GMP-compliant equipment design.

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31.07.19

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.

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31.07.19

Warning Letter: Serious Defects in Zoning, Cleaning and Disinfection and Monitoring

The US FDA issued a Warning Letter to a US company with aseptic production due to serious deficiencies in room zoning, personnel, environment monitoring and disinfection.

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17.07.19

Do liquid, sterile medicinal products have to be particle-free?

According to the pharmacopoeias, parenteralia, i.e. sterile medicinal products for injection purposes, must be 100% visually inspected. In addition to damages to the primary container, the absence of particles has also to be checked. But do these medicinal products also have to be 100% free of particles? Read more here.

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26.06.19

Warning Letter for US Pharmaceutical Manufacturer: Container/Closure Issues and Other Deficiencies

The US FDA has recently published a Warning Letter describing the deficiencies observed during an inspection performed in September 2018 at a US pharmaceutical manufacturer. One serious deficiency concerns leaking product containers. Furthermore, defects in the stability programme, in the CAPA system and in data integrity have also been reported.

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05.06.19

Warning Letter for Sterile Manufacturer of Ophthalmic Drugs in the US

In May, the FDA published a Warning Letter to a US American sterile manufacturer of ophthalmic drugs which highlights serious deficiencies, especially in sterile production and in the general understanding of GMP. Read more here.

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15.05.19

Warning Letter on Data Integrity Issues in the Microbiological Laboratory

Among other things, insufficient or missing reports of test results in a microbiological laboratory resulted in a Warning Letter addressed to the company concerned. Read more about the Warning Letter to Hospira Healthcare India Pvt.

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