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    Proposed updates hint at dietary supplement legislative reform

    The dietary supplement industry has grown in the 28 years since the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), but the legislative reform has not been commensurate with those industry changes. This article discusses six key legislative updates proposed by FDA, industry, and consumer groups, suggesting reform is on the horizon for DSHEA.   Keywords – dietary supplement, Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, DSHEA, CBD, hemp, listing, ...
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    FDA tells Dutch API producer to clean up its equipment act

    A Dutch producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) was put on notice to adopt more robust equipment cleaning practices and use better safeguards to prevent cross-contamination in a warning letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dated 14 June. FDA found the presence of “visible powder residue” on non-dedicated equipment.   The warning letter pertained to Fagron Group B.V.’s manufacturing site in Saint Paul, MN. The company is headquartered in ...
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    FDA inspection turns up more problems for Philips Respironics

    Hundreds of thousands of complaints from users of Philips Respironics’ breathing assistance devices have been inadequately addressed by the firm, according to recent information released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The release of an inspection report and FDA’s accompanying statement provides more detail on what Philips knew, and what the firm did – or did not do – to remedy known problems with degradation of foam components in its breathing devices.   ...
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    FDA Looks to Modernize Sterile Injectable Inspections

    With an eye toward averting drug shortages and sterility question marks, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is modernizing its inspections program with a new way of assessing, recording and reporting data from surveillance and pre-approval inspections for sterile drugs. The New Inspection Protocol Project (NIPP) uses standardized electronic inspection protocols to collect data in a more structured manner for more consistent facility oversight and faster and more ...
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    FDA Warns Chinese OTC Drugmaker for GMP, Data Integrity Issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Chinese over-the-counter (OTC) drug and cosmetics maker Bicooya Cosmetics Limited over poor sanitary conditions and data integrity issues at its Zhejiang, China facility. The warning letter comes after a four-day inspection of the facility last May that resulted in FDA placing the firm on import alert in late June. During the inspection, FDA says its investigator "observed rodent feces throughout [the] facility," incl...
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    EMA and FDA to Begin Sharing Commercially Confidential Information

    Editor's note: this article has been updated with a statement from FDA clarifying that the agency must sign a confidentiality agreement with each EU country before unredacted inspection reports may be shared. As part of a landmark agreement forged in March, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Wednesday that they will soon share non-public and commercially confidential information, including trade secret information. The a...
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    FDA Warns Indian Firm for Impeding Inspection

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April warned Indian pharmaceutical manufacturing company Vikshara Trading & Investments Ltd for attempting to avoid an inspection by pretending its employees were on strike and for poor conditions inside its facility. According to FDA, the agency cancelled a pre-announced inspection of Vikshara's facility last June after the company said its workers had gone on strike and blocked the entrance to the facility less than 10 days ...
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    A Peek Behind the Curtain: 706 FDA Form 483 Requests in 2016 for Indian and Chinese Manufacturers

    As China and India continue to manufacture about 80% of all active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for the US market, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with regulating these manufacturing sites and in 2016 that involved issuing hundreds of Form 483s and responding to more than 700 requests for the inspection reports. Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Focus obtained from FDA two lists detailing not only the 86 requests for the Form 483s issue...
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    FDA Issues Guidance on Drugs to Prevent Delayed Graft Function in Kidney Transplant Patients

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued new draft guidance detailing its expectations for drugs intended to treat delayed graft function (DGF) in kidney transplant patients. DGF is a condition that involves suboptimal kidney function immediately following a kidney transplantation, and is usually defined as the need for dialysis within seven days of receiving a transplant, though FDA notes there are other accepted definitions for the condition. Ther...
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    CFDI's Global Drug Inspection Trend Study Offers Regulatory Updates and Opinions

    To help keep regulatory professionals up-to-date on current thinking by global regulatory agencies, the Chinese Center of Food and Drug Inspection (CFDI) released a new electronic journal covering hot topics and developments in international drug manufacturing inspections. This article summarizes the key points including regulatory thinking and opinions from global regulatory authorities and organizations; timely updates on regulations, guidance, regulatory measures and ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Asks China to Expedite GMP Inspection to Resolve a Drug Shortage (14 February 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. India Asks China to Expedite GMP Inspections, Resolving Essential Medicine Shortage India has resolved the shortage of a rare disease drug after asking China to expedite the inspection of a manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) made the cross-border intervention to accelerate the resumption of API supply ...
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    FDA Calls on Pharma Companies to Join Manufacturing Inspection Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Tuesday announced the launch of the 2017 CDER Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) Staff Experiential Learning Site Visit Program, which is meant to help OPQ staff learn more about industry’s drug development and manufacturing processes. The program, which aims to bring groups of OPQ staff to observe operations of commercial manufacturing, pilot plants and pharmaceutical test...