GMP News Drug Safety/Pharmacovigilance

21.10.21

FDA Guidance on Benefit-Risk Assessment

The FDA has published guidance to clarify how considerations about benefit-risk assessment are integrated into the agency´s pre- and postmarket decisions for marketing applications. Read more about FDA´s draft guidance on Benefit-Risk Assessment for New Drug and Biological Products.

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21.10.21

New Limits for Heavy Metals in Food Supplements

The European Commission sets new limits for Cadmium and Lead in certain Foodstuffs and Food supplements. Products placed on the market before the entry into force of the new regulations and not complying with the new maximum levels should only be allowed to remain on the market for a limited period of time.

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20.10.21

ANVISA List of approved Cannabis Products

The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) has published a list of cannabis products that will have automatic approval by the agency for individual importation by Brazilian patients. The list also includes a large number of CBD preparations.

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06.10.21

USP Chapter on Impurities in Food Supplements

USP´s Expert Committees for Non-Botanical & Botanical Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicines propose the elaboration of a new USP general chapter <2760> on impurities in food supplements.

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05.10.21

FDA´s Q&As on Generic Drug Development during the COVID-19 Pandemic

What can be done when a test or reference product batch used in the conduct of a bioequivalence study expires while the study is interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Find out in FDA´s updated Q&As on Generic Drug Development.

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05.10.21

Clinical Trial Information System - EMA publishes Sponsor Handbook

The go-live date for the CTIS is 31 January 2022. The System will then become the single entry point for clinical trial application submission, authorization and supervision in the EU. In order to help sponsors prepare for using the CTIS, the EMA has now published a handbook.

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05.10.21

Updated Version of the Q&As regarding the Clinical Trials Regulation

The European Commission published a revised Version 4 of the Questions & Answers relating to the Clinical Trials Regulation. In particular, updates to Q&As in Chapter 11 "Arrangements for the transitional period" have been made.

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29.09.21

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?

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29.09.21

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).

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29.09.21

MHRA Guidance for the Supply of Medical Cannabis Products

The MHRA published an updated Guidance on manufacturing, importing, distributing and supplying of cannabis-based products for medicinal use. Amongst others, the MHRA will require a valid GMP certificate for the site of manufacture.

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28.09.21

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.

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22.09.21

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.

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16.09.21

Consultation on Amendments on Pharmacovigilance Activities

A targeted stakeholder consultation on amendments to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 520/2012 on pharmacovigilance activities has been published on the EC website. The Regulation outlines the practical details on the performance of pharmacovigilance activities to be respected by MAHs, national competent authorities and the EMA.

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16.09.21

Signal Management: EMA and EC agree to further extend the Pilot

The EMA and the European Commission have agreed to further extend the pilot on signal detection in EudraVigilance by marketing authorization holders until the end of 2022. MAHs with APIs included in the EMA list of active substances and combinations involved in the pilot should continue to monitor them in EudraVigilance.

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16.09.21

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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