MHRA Releases Recording of the Medicines Supply to Northern Ireland Webinar
On either 02 or 03 February 2022, interested parties could take part in a live webinar of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Medicines Supply to Northern Ireland. A recording of the webinar, excluding the Q&A sessions, was now published.
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?
GDP for Active Substances used as Starting Materials in Veterinary Medicinal Products: Obligation to Perform Audits
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated its list of questions and answers on the GMP/GDP guidelines. The newly added chapter deals with the requirements for active substances used as starting materials in veterinary medicinal products. Among other things, it is clarified that the Veterinary Medicines Regulation requires manufacturers and importers of veterinary medicinal products to perform audits based on a risk-assessment on the manufacturers, distributors and importers from whom they source the active substances.
U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution Supply Chain: Revised Draft Guidance on Verification Systems
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a revised draft guidance entitled Verification Systems Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act for Certain Prescription Drugs.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.
Proposed Rule for the Licensure of WDDs and 3PLs published
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the availability of the proposed rule National Standards for the Licensure of Wholesale Drug Distributors (WDDs) and Third-Party Logistics Providers (3PLs). According to the agency, the proposed rule, when finalized, would provide greater assurance that supply chain participants are sufficiently vetted and qualified to distribute prescription drugs, further strengthening the supply chain.
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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.
Wholesale Distribution of Medicinal Products - Obligation to Notify Changes
Wholesale trading of medicinal products in Germany requires an authorisation according to Section 52a of the Medicinal Products Act (Arzneimittelgesetz – AMG). The holder of the authorisation must notify the competent authority in advance of any fundamental changes. A wholesaler from Brandenburg, Germany, did not comply with this notification requirement, as a GDP Non-Compliance Report published in October 2021 shows.
The GDP Non-Compliance Reports of 2021 - An Overview
Wholesale trade in medicinal products requires a wholesale authorisation. A certificate of Good Distribution Practice (GDP) is issued to a wholesale distributor by the national competent authority. If the outcome of an inspection is that the wholesale Distributor does not comply with Good Distribution Practice, a statement of non-compliance may be entered into EudraGMDP. For your information please see the comprehensive overview of the GDP non-compliance reports entered in 2021 and the respective reasons for issuing them.