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FDA issues revised draft Guidances for Track and Trace

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) distribution security requirements will come into effect in November next year. To help trading partners comply with the DSCSA, the U.S. FDA recently issued revised versions of two previously published draft guidances.



Serialization - Version 20 of the Q&As on Safety Features

The European Commission published a new version of the Questions & Answers (Q&As) regarding the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Is it allowed to verify the authenticity of the UI when the product is not in physical possession?



Are You Recall Ready?

The FDA finalized the guidance on voluntary recalls to help industry initiate prompt recalls of violative products. The guidance covers voluntary recalls of drugs, devices, biological products, food, cosmetics and tobacco products.



US Track & Trace Requirements

The FDA has issued a questions and answers document to assist industry and State and local governments in understanding the effects of the Uniform National Policy on drug product tracing.



Version 19 of the Q&As on Safety Features

The European Commission published a new version of the Questions & Answers (Q&As) regarding the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Do the UIs of reference and retention samples taken from stock have to be decommissioned?



U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution Supply Chain: Revised Draft Guidance on Verification Systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a revised draft guidance entitled Verification Systems Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act for Certain Prescription Drugs. This document addresses the verification systems that manufacturers, repackagers, wholesale distributors, and dispensers must have in place.



How do you control multiple nitrosamine contaminants in a product?

Nitrosamines can originate from a wide variety of sources and therefore can sometimes be detected as multiple impurities in finished drug products. Learn here about the control options available to marketing authorization holders in the event of multiple nitrosamine impurities in a product.



EU Commission amends Delegated Regulation on Safety Features again

In order to ensure that medicinal products continue to be marketed with a unique identifier (UI) in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Ireland and Malta, the Commission further extends the temporary derogation from the requirement to decommission UIs of products exported to UK.



Increasing Number of FDA Warning Letters in the Area of Hand Disinfection

As a result of the increased demand for disinfectants, especially for hand hygiene, the number of inferior products with deficiencies in composition and/or approval is increasing rapidly. This is accompanied by an increase in Warning Letters from the FDA to disinfectant manufacturers.



Recording of MHRA Supply Chain Webinar Available

On 13 August 2021, the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) held a webinar "Protecting the medicines supply chain from falsified medicines". A link to the recording and updated information addressing some key questions received during this webinar have now been published on the MHRA Inspectorate blog.



Serialization: Aide-Memoire for Pharmacies

The previously published Aide-Memoires for GDP and GMP Inspections regarding safety features are now accompanied by a third one: Aide-Memoire for Pharmacy Inspections. What are the obligations of persons authorized or entitled to supply medicinal products to the public?



Counterfeit Protection - Amendment of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161

Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 is adapted with regard to Article 47 (Evaluation of notifications by national competent authorities to the Commission) and Annex I (List of medicinal products that shall not bear the safety features).



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.



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.



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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