GMP News - Pharmaceutical Technology

04.09.19

Fundamental GMP Deficiencies at US-American Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

During the inspection of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the USA, the FDA discovered fundamental GMP deficiencies which concern - among other things - cleaning of equipment, cleaning validation, the water system and the stability programme.

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28.08.19

What are suitable Cycles for Re-Qualification?

With the revision of Annex 15 in October 2015, the topic of requalification has become more important. Time intervals for the assessment of the equipment with regard to the qualification status and for the requalification itself should be justified. Criteria for the assessment should be defined. This is sometimes difficult. Chapter 9 of the revised ISPE Baseline No 5 Commissioning & Qualification of June 2019 on the periodic review can be helpful here.

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28.08.19

Scale Calibration: Requirements of the FDA

The GMP regulations do not provide any concrete specifications for the calibration of weighing instruments. They refer to suitable measuring and weighing ranges and the required accuracy. Regular maintenance and calibration are also required.  So how can these general formulations be interpreted?

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21.08.19

Warning Letter due to Deficiencies in the Purified Water System

In June, a US-American pharmaceutical manufacturer received a Warning Letter from the FDA due to deficiencies in the Purified Water System which concern - among other things - the design of the water system, monitoring, sampling and handling of CAPAs.

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21.08.19

ISPE publishes revised Guideline on Commissioning and Qualification

The ISPE Baseline Guide Vol. 5 on Commissioning & Qualification has been in place since 2001 and was thus no longer up to date. Recent developments, e.g. towards a lifecycle model, were not reflected in the document. Now the ISPE Baseline Guide Vol. 5 has been completely revised. 

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19.08.19

Warning Letter due to GMP Deficiencies in Tableting

An Indian manufacturer of solid dosage forms recently received a Warning Letter from the US FDA after the authority had revealed serious deficiencies in the tablet production.

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07.08.19

What is considered GMP-compliant equipment design?

It's a frequent question what GMP compliant equipment design is or how a system has to be made up in order to be GMP compliant and suitable for the manufacturing of medicinal products/APIs. There is a short and a long answer to these questions around GMP-compliant equipment design.

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31.07.19

WHO publishes Draft Guideline on Production of WFI using Non-Distillation Methods

The WHO has reacted to the changes in the European Pharmacopoeia by issuing a draft guideline on the production of WFI (Water for Injection). The commentary phase is open to the public, comments can be submitted until 20 September 2019.

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17.07.19

Do liquid, sterile medicinal products have to be particle-free?

According to the pharmacopoeias, parenteralia, i.e. sterile medicinal products for injection purposes, must be 100% visually inspected. In addition to damages to the primary container, the absence of particles has also to be checked. But do these medicinal products also have to be 100% free of particles? Read more here.

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26.06.19

Warning Letter for US Pharmaceutical Manufacturer: Container/Closure Issues and Other Deficiencies

The US FDA has recently published a Warning Letter describing the deficiencies observed during an inspection performed in September 2018 at a US pharmaceutical manufacturer. One serious deficiency concerns leaking product containers. Furthermore, defects in the stability programme, in the CAPA system and in data integrity have also been reported.

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05.06.19

Warning Letter for Sterile Manufacturer of Ophthalmic Drugs in the US

In May, the FDA published a Warning Letter to a US American sterile manufacturer of ophthalmic drugs which highlights serious deficiencies, especially in sterile production and in the general understanding of GMP. Read more here.

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22.05.19

Fundamental GMP defects at manufacturer of homeopathic drugs

Due to fundamental GMP deficiencies, the FDA has issued a Warning letter to a US manufacturer of homeopathic drugs for human and veterinary use.

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15.05.19

Numerous GMP Deviations found at US Manufacturing Site

Due to the deficiencies discovered during an inspection performed in July 2018, the US FDA has now issued a Warning Letter to a US pharmaceutical manufacturer of homeopathic drug products. Microbiological impurities in the products and the water used to manufacture the medicinal products are an essential aspect of the complaint.

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02.05.19

FDA Warning Letter: GMP Deficiencies at US Pharma Manufacturer, e.g. in Water System

The FDA has recently issued another Warning Letter to an US pharmaceutical manufacturer describing serious GMP deficiencies. This concerns among others the water system, the QC laboratory and quality assurance.

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17.04.19

Warning Letter for US Contract Manufacturer: Cleaning, Contamination Control and Stability Studies criticised

In March, the American authority FDA issued a Warning Letter to a US pharmaceutical manufacturer due to numerous violations of GMP. Among other things, inadequate cleaning of the equipment, errors in the stability studies as well as in contamination control were found.

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