GMP News - Counterfeit Medicines

22.09.21

FDA´s final Q&As on Field Alert Reports

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 The final document supersedes a draft guidance that was issued in July 2018.

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16.09.21

EMA supports use of global Track & Trace Systems

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.

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15.09.21

Record Number of Fake Drugs seized during INTERPOL Operation

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.

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02.09.21

New MHRA Inspectorate Blog GDP Post: Protecting the UK Medicines Supply Chain

One of the objectives of Good Distribution Practice (GDP) and an important aspect for distributors of medicinal products is preventing falsified medicines entering the legal supply chain. In this context, a new post, entitled "Too good to be true? How to play your part in protecting the UK medicines supply chain" has been published on the MHRA Inspectorate blog.

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11.08.21

FDA Analyses Products from Amazon and Finds Potentially Harmful Drug Ingredients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has purchased different products intended for sexual enhancement and weight loss offered for sale on amazon's website. In subsequent laboratory analysis, it was determined that all tested products contain undeclared and potentially harmful drug ingredients. In a letter dated July 26, 2021, sent to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, the FDA requires Amazon to take measures to prevent such violations in the future.

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16.06.21

New Version of the Q&As on Safety Features for Track & Trace

The European Commission has published Version 18b of the "Questions & Answers" on safety features. In particular the update took into account the new ISO standard for Packaging Tamper verification features.

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27.04.21

GDP-Non-Compliance-Report for German Wholesale Distributor

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.

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21.04.21

Track & Trace: Amendment of the Delegated Regulation on Safety Features

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.

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09.03.21

European Anti-Fraud Office warns against Fraudsters Offering COVID-19 Vaccines

The European Anti-Fraud Office (Office européen de lutte antifraude - OLAF) has warned governments from dubious offers to provide them with COVID-19 vaccines.

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27.01.21

Track & Trace: Do Medicinal Products have to be Decommissioned when Distributed to the UK?

Due to the Brexit, the question arises whether medicinal products have to be decommissioned in advance when distributed to the UK. Now, the European Commission has decided on a transition period for decommission with regard to exports to the UK.

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04.11.20

Labelling and Packaging Flexibilities for Covid-19 Vaccines

To facilitate the rapid deployment of the vaccine the European Commission (EC) recently published a document regarding labelling and packaging flexibilities for COVID-19 vaccines.

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29.10.20

FDA Guidance for Industry concerning Wholesale Distributor Verification Requirement for Saleable Returned Drug Products published

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the final guidance for industry entitled "Wholesale Distributor Verification Requirement for Saleable Returned Drug Product and Dispenser Verification Requirements When Investigating a Suspect or Illegitimate Product—Compliance Policies".

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29.10.20

Swissmedic publishes Information concerning an official Warning from Brazil regarding Falsified Medicinal Product

The Swissmedic has been informed by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency ANVISA that Brazil has suspended all imports of medicinal products from three Turkish wholesalers. In this regard, an information for Swiss companies was published.

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28.10.20

Track and Trace: What to do with Recalls?

When complying with the requirements of the Anti-Counterfeiting Directive, the status message "recall" for recalled batches is of great relevance for the entire supply chain. What has to be considered here?

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07.10.20

Version 18 of the Q&As on Safety Features for Track & Trace

The European Commission has published the 18th version of the "Questions & Answers" on safety features.

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