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    Inspections: GAO calls on FDA to plan for backlog, review alternatives

    In a nearly 350-page report to Congress on the federal government’s COVID-19 response, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calls on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review its inspections approach and come up with a plan to address its looming backlog.   Pandemic inspection alternatives   In the early days of the pandemic, FDA halted non-mission-critical foreign and domestic inspections and relied on alternative tools, such as inspection reports ...
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    FDA details review timelines as facility assessment-related CRLs pile up

    In guidance released Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides the timelines it will stick to when reviewing responses to complete response letters (CRLs) for drugs and biologics when a facility assessment or inspection is required in order for the agency to make a decision on the application.   FDA’s ability to conduct on-site inspections has been dramatically curtailed amid the COVID-19 pandemic due to public health concerns and travel restrictions. ...
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    FDA issues pandemic inspections FAQ guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued an immediately effective frequently asked questions guidance  explaining its approach to inspections and manufacturing and supply chain changes during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.   Inspections   For the time being, FDA says it is still following the approach to resuming domestic inspections it laid out last month and will continue to postpone non-mission-critical foreign pre-approval an...
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    FDA looks to resume domestic inspections this month

    Months after halting most inspections amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said it plans to resume on-site domestic inspections beginning the week of 20 July 2020.   As a safety measure, FDA will pre-announce all inspections, save for retail tobacco inspections, for the foreseeable future.   The announcement comes nearly two months after the agency said it will implement a phased approach to restartin...
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    Grassley Calls for More Unannounced Foreign Drug Inspections From FDA

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explores plans to lower the cost of pharmaceuticals with imports from Canada and elsewhere, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is calling on the agency to perform more unannounced inspections of foreign facilities. Thanks to recent media coverage (on  China and tainted blood pressure medicines  and another article on  generic drug manufacturing ) as well as a controversial new book on the US reliance on foreign-made generic medicin...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Inspections of Medical Device Establishments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Thursday to implement uniform processes and standards for FDA inspections of domestic and foreign medical device establishments. FDA has updated processes and standards for uniformity within and across inspections other than for-cause and to establish a standard timeframe for such inspections of device establishments. The uniformity in FDA investigators’ approaches to these inspections “may inform firms’...
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    Experts Question FDA Proposal to Conduct Manufacturing Inspections for De Novo Reviews

    Industry experts raised questions around the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recent proposal that would allow FDA to inspect manufacturing facilities prior to granting de novo classification requests. The proposal is part of the 76-page proposed rule FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) set forth last December. The proposed rule addresses the lack of de novo-specific regulation that puts the program at a disadvantage compared to the traditiona...
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    FDA Warns Two Drugmakers for GMP Violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned two drugmakers, Phoenix-based Vasco Rx and Commerce, CA-based Samson Pharmaceuticals, for good manufacturing practice violations at their facilities.   Vasco Rx   FDA’s warning letter to Vasco Rx comes after the agency inspected the company’s manufacturing site in March and April 2018.   At the end of the inspection in April, Vasco Rx stopped production and later voluntarily recalled all sterile drugs pr...
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    CDRH Drafts Method to Provide Feedback on FDA Form 483 Citations

    The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance Friday to standardize a mechanism for a medical device establishment to request nonbinding feedback on actions such establishments propose to take to address an FDA Form 483. The draft standardized method has five parts. These relate to submitting a timely request—as defined by the agency—the statutory eligibility criteria, the device establishment’s ...
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    CDRH’s Case for Quality Pilot Gains Momentum

    The pilot program led by the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) aimed at manufacturing and product quality has gained momentum this year, with dozens of waived post-approval and risk-based inspections among participating firms.   The pilot program is collectively run by CDRH and the FDA-funded public-private partnership Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) and the CMMI Institute under CDRH’s 2014 Case for Qua...
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    CDRH Touts Uptick in Foreign  Device Inspections

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) saw a 243% spike in the annual number of foreign medical device inspections conducted by agency officials since 2007, according to a new report.   “As medical device manufacturing has become an increasingly global enterprise, the FDA has taken forceful action to increase inspections of medical device firms, especially those located in foreign countries,” said Jeff Shuren, director at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiologi...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: China Posts Guiding Principles on Device Trials (9 January 2018)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. China Seeks Feedback on Drug Data Management Practices China is seeking feedback on its draft drug data management practices. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) text details how individuals and organizations involved in the development, production, distribution and monitoring of drugs should ensure the accuracy and traceability of the data they generate. C...