FDA Warns Strides Pharma for Uncontrolled Document Shredding
Posted 16 July 2019 | By
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Indian generic drugmaker Strides Pharma earlier this month over good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations at its Puducherry facility that included uncontrolled shredding of documents and inadequate investigations into out-of-specification (OOS) test results.
In a securities disclosure
issued on 2 July, Strides acknowledged receiving the warning letter but said that the letter will not impact production of six FDA approved generic drugs made at the site, but that 10 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) awaiting FDA approval “will get deferred till the site is reclassified.”
According to the warning letter, investigators found rampant shredding of uncontrolled documents, including “multiple bags of uncontrolled CGMP documents with color coding indicating they were from drug production, quality and laboratory operations” that were awaiting shredding as well as a binder of batch records that had been tossed in a barrel outdoors.
“Our investigator also found a blue binder containing CGMP records, including batch records for US drug products discarded with other records in a 55-gallon drum in your scrap yard,” FDA writes, noting that some of the documents in the discarded binder were dated just one week before the inspection began.
FDA also says the company did not adequately investigate OOS test results for one of its APIs and closed investigations “without adequate scientific justification.”
Specifically, FDA says that Strides opened an investigation into an unknown impurity that exceeded the company’s specification for the API and attributed the impurity to the use of an “old reagent” being used in its production.
However, FDA says the company “did not evaluate the original failing API sample” and instead used passing tests from a new sample of the API that had been made with fresh reagents as justification for releasing the API.
In response to the warning letter, FDA calls on Strides to correct the violations and says the company must provide an assessment of the extent of data integrity deficiencies at the facility, as well as an assessment of the potential effects of those deficiencies had on drug quality.