GMP News - Pharmaceutical Technology


Warning Letter: Lack of Repairs at US-American Manufacturer

A US-American pharmaceutical manufacturer of OTC solutions and suppositories has received a Warning Letter from the US-American FDA due to non-executed repairs and deficiencies in cleaning and laboratory testing.



Foreign Particles in Oral Dosage Forms can also Cause Warning Letter

A US-American medical manufacturer has received a Warning Letter from the FDA due to foreign particles in a solution for oral application and especially regarding the handling of this incident. Besides, further deficiencies were observed during the inspection, such as errors in the evaluation of HPLC data and data integrity in the laboratory in general.



European Pharmacopoeia: New Chapter on Visual Inspection for Visible Particles Comes Into Force

The new chapter 5.17.2 in the European Pharmacopoeia "Recommendations on testing of particulate contamination: visible particles" was already published for comment in autumn 2018 (Pharmeuropa 30.4). The comments and feedback received have been considered by the Expert Group 12 of the EDQM, and the chapter is coming into force.



Draft Annex 1: New Requirements for Lyophilization?

Will the revised Annex 1 introduce new GMP requirements for lyophilized products?



Are Nickel-Plated Components Allowed in the GMP Area?

 The nickel plating of surfaces is a good and high-quality method to protect components or surfaces from corrosion. At the same time, the question is repeatedly asked whether components treated in this way may be used in the GMP area. Read more here.



Deficiencies in Maintenance, OOS and Data Integrity lead to Warning Letter

A pharmaceutical manufacturer in India received a Warning Letter from the US-American FDA in December due to deficiencies in the areas of maintenance/cleanliness, OOS and data integrity. Read more here.



Warning Letter for US Manufacturer: Issues in the Water System

A US-American pharmaceutical manufacturer received a Warning Letter from the FDA in November 2019 due to microbial issues in the water system, deficiencies in qualification/validation and insufficient stability data. Read more here.



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.



cGMP Qualification/Running of Water Systems

Water systems are one of the most important systems in the pharmaceutical industry. What are the GMP requirements for the qualification and running of these systems? The US GMP regulations (21 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 210/211) do not provide much concrete information on this. There is still a Guide to Inspection for FDA inspectors from the early 90s. So, what does the FDA expect today? A current Warning Letter provides a few answers.



Warning Letter for U.S. Manufacturer due to Defects in Equipment, Stabilities and Complaints

In September, a US pharmaceutical manufacturer received a Warning Letter from the FDA due to GMP violations in the areas of equipment cleaning, drug stability and handling complaints.



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?



ISO Standard for the Production of Pharmaceutical Water

ISO 22519 is a new available international standard dealing with the pretreatment and the production of purified water (PW) and water for injection (WFI).



Warning Letter: Deficiencies in Validation and OOS

Once again, an Indian pharmaceutical manufacturer has received a Warning Letter from the US-American FDA due to deficiencies discovered during an inspection. The Letter focuses on deficiencies in the validation and the handling of OOS results in the laboratory. Read more here



Another FDA Warning Letter due to Deficiencies in the Water System

Again the US-American FDA has issued a Warning Letter which primarily describes defects in the water system as well as deficiencies in the handling of CAPA & OOS and in the cleaning.



Warning Letter due to Cross Contamination

In August, the US FDA issued a Warning Letter due to cross-contamination with penicillin in areas for non-beta-lactam production.


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