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    FDA says Abraxis failed to proactively address repeat media fill contamination issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blasted Abraxis Biosciences in a recent warning letter for not addressing recurring media fill failures in its aseptic processing operations of the sterile drug Abraxane and for failing to conduct robust follow-up investigations to determine the root cause of these multiple failures.   During a one-week inspection conducted in late March at the firm’s site in Phoenix, AZ, the agency observed “multiple media fill failures” in th...
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    FDA warns US sterile injectable maker on contamination controls, another US maker warned for poor building conditions

    Two domestic drug manufacturers were lambasted in recent warning letters sent by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations; one was told to adopt better contamination controls and to keep outsourced drugs separate from those made at the facility, while another was reprimanded for keeping the facility in a poor state of repair.   FDA also targeted two firms for failing to file accurate product information in its electroni...
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    FDA warns German OTC firm, Chinese API maker for lax cleaning practices, other GMP issues

    A German manufacturer of OTC products and a Chinese supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) were told to adopt better equipment cleaning practices in recent warning letters from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The letters, posted on 27 September, also identified a slew of other current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) violations.   The first warning letter, to System Kosmetik Produktionsgesellschaft fur kosmetische, located in Munster, Germany...
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    Warning letters: Investigators refused entry to testing lab; firm cited for distributing unauthorized COVID tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chastised a San Diego, California based testing lab in a recent warning letter for “significant deviations” from current good manufacturing practices (GMPs), including initially blocking investigators from entering the site, making false statements, failing to adequately the suitability of its analytical methods for testing products and lacking adequate safeguards over computer equipment.   In another recent warning letter, the...
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    FDA blasts US API firm for lax response to mold contamination, data integrity failings

    A US manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) was lambasted in a recent warning letter by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for multiple good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations, one of which was a failure to adequately respond to mold contamination.   The firm also failed to maintain control over its computer systems to prevent unauthorized access to electronic data.   The warning letter was issued on 18 July to St. Louis-based manufactu...
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    Expert: FDA’s draft guidance on particle inspections takes different approach than compendial method

    A former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said the agency’s draft guidance on setting up inspection testing programs for detecting visible particles in injectable drugs is meant to address this issue from a good manufacturing practices (GMP) standpoint, and not a compendial approach as espoused in the US Pharmacopoeia’s (USP) Chapter 790 method.   Stephen Langille, senior microbiology consultant with ValSource, Inc, and a former microbiologist with the ag...
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    FDA warns firm for selling unapproved stem cell products and GMP, GTP deviations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 2 February warned an Idaho-based firm, Smart Surgical, dba Burst Biologics, for marketing and distributing allogeneic stem cell products for unapproved uses and for “significant” deviations from current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) and good tissue practice (CGTP) requirements.   The warning letter, which was posted to FDA’s website this week, follows an inspection conducted one year ago, just months before the agency e...
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    ICMRA: Remote inspections can complement, but not replace, onsite inspections

    While there are benefits to conducting remote good clinical practice (GCP) and good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections and these assessments can continue being used  post pandemic, these methods have their limitations, concludes the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) in a new reflection paper .   Among the topics ICMRA touches on in the reflection paper are the decision-making process to use remote approaches, tools for remote in...
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    Pharma, device groups oppose FDA's planned drug to device transition

    Pharmaceutical industry trade groups and medical device groups objected to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plans to reclassify some products, including imaging agents, currently regulated as drugs to devices, in implementing a recent court decision. The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) says that the agency’s implementation of the order is hasty and has no legal merit, while the Advanced Medical Technology Association (ADVAMED) pointed out that compani...
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    FDA chastises three US firms for ignoring record requests, inadequate CMO oversight, and shoddy response to fires

    Inadequate oversight of contract manufacturers, failing to address how a fire affected the quality of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and ignoring the agency’s request for electronic records prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue three warning letters for good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations to an over the counter drug manufacturer, a finished drug manufacturer and an API manufacturer in the US.   The recipients of the warning letters, w...
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    FDA addresses microbial contamination in non-sterile drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued a draft guidance to help manufacturers control microbiological contamination of their non-sterile drugs (NSDs). The guidance stems from FDA’s concerns over a high number of adverse events and recalls associated with contaminated products.   The agency reports receiving 197 adverse event reports from microbiological or fungal contamination of non-sterile products between 2014 and 2017. Of these, 32 were deeme...
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    Three foreign OTC firms slapped with warning letters for GMP testing violations

    Slipshod testing of two over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics along with improper marketing of one led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue three warning letters to manufacturers located outside the US. Additionally, the agency continued its crackdown on imported hand sanitizers.   The recipients of the warning letters, which were all issued in mid-September, include Laboratorio Pharma International in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, a manufacturer of antibiotics and ...