GMP News - Counterfeit Medicines


US FDA: Draft on Data Integrity for BE/BA Studies published

At the beginning of April 2024, the draft document "Data Integrity for In Vivo Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Studies" was published on the US FDA website and is now available for comment for 60 days. The document is intended to assist applicants and marketing authorisation holders in the area of data integrity for the clinical and bioanalytical part of bioequivalence and bioavailability studies.



Court Ruling: Suspended Sentence and Heavy Fine for Falsifying Stability Data

A court in the UK has sentenced a pharmaceutical company and its former director to heavy fines. The defendant had admitted to knowingly submitting falsified stability data to the MHRA in order to obtain a Marketing Authorization for a product. This was preceded by years of investigation by the authority.



FDA Warning Letter: Data Integrity issues while manufacturing APIs

In February 2024, the U.S. FDA issued a Warning Letter to the Chinese company "Sichuan Deebio Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd." after having inspected its site in September 2023. According to the Warning Letter the firm has a lack of microbiology laboratory Data Integrity.



EMA/HMA/ECA: List of Active Substances defined to prevent supply bottlenecks

As part of the measurements against supply shortages in the pharmaceutical sector, the first version of the "Union list of critical medicines" and further information on this was published on the EMA website at the end of last year. This list contains more than 200 active substances that are considered critical in the event of a supply shortage and whose shortage must be avoided at all costs.



Ozempic Falsification also in the US

Following the previously confirmed falsifications of Ozempic® batches in the EU drug supply chain, the FDA now warned consumers not to use counterfeit Ozempic® found in the US drug supply chain.



US Track & Trace Guidance on Verification Systems

The FDA issued the final guidance on verification systems under the DSCSA. The document covers "suspect drug systems" that trading partners must have in place to detect and respond to suspect drugs and ultimately notify the FDA if needed.



Falsification of Ozempic Confirmed

Following the recent concerns that falsified batches of Ozempic® may have entered the market, the Official Medicines Control Laboratory (OMCL) Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt (CVUA, Karlsruhe, Germany)  has determined that suspected batches of Ozempic® pre-filled pens contained insulin glulisine instead of the claimed active substance, semaglutide.



Ozempic Falsifications: BfArM starts Investigation

The German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has taken over coordination in the case of the counterfeit diabetes drug Ozempic®, as several German states are now actively involved in the case. The agency advises all pharmaceutical companies, wholesalers as well as pharmacies to check all packages of the drug Ozempic® with utmost care.



FDA's Guidance on Track & Trace Standards

The FDA published the final guidance on standards for the interoperable exchange of track & trace information for certain human prescription drugs.



GDP in the US: Additional FDA Guidances on DSCSA

In the last few days and weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published several guidance documents related to the requirements under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Under the DSCSA, trading partners (manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, and dispensers) are subject to certain requirements for enhanced drug distribution security.



GDP in the US: FDA gives One-Year Reprieve on DSCSA enhanced Drug Distribution Security Requirements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new guidance document entitled "Enhanced Drug Distribution Security Requirements Under Section 582(g)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act--Compliance Policies". The document focuses on the enforcement of the enhanced drug distribution security requirements that will become effective on 27 November 2023. The authority grants a one-year extension as it does not intend to take action to enforce the requirements until 27 November 2024.



US Verification Requirements: 1 Year Additional Time for Wholesale Distributors & Dispensers

To minimize possible disruptions in the distribution of certain prescription drugs in the United States, the FDA does not intend to take action before 27 November 2024 against dispensers who do not verify the product identifiers of suspect or illegitimate products.



GDP in the US: FDA Guidance on Waivers, Exceptions, and Exemptions from the Requirements of Section 582 of the FD&C Act

In the context of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of a final guidance for industry entitled "Waivers, Exceptions, and Exemptions from the Requirements of Section 582 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act."



APIC: FAQs on Data Integrity

In April 2023, the Data Integrity Task Force of the APIC Quality Group, which is a sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), published the document "Data Integrity Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" on its website. This document providees numerous questions and answers on the topic data integrity that were submitted to the Task Force by the pharmaceutical industry.



GDP in the US: New FDA Guidance for Industry on Definitions of Suspect Product and Illegitimate Product

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new guidance entitled "Definitions of Suspect Product and Illegitimate Product for Verification Obligations Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act". The document clarifies the agency's interpretation of specific terms used in the definitions of "suspect product" and "illegitimate product". It is primarily intended to assist trading partners in meeting verification obligations.


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