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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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    FDA Warns Chinese OTC Drugmaker, Florida Fertility Center

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month sent warning letters to Chinese over-the-counter (OTC) drugmaker Hangzhou Guoguang Touring Commodity Co. and the University of Miami Reproductive and Fertility Center.   Hangzhou Guoguang   The warning letter comes after FDA placed Hangzhou Guoguang on import alert in October following an inspection of the company's Zhejiang facility over four days last April.   According to the warning letter, Hangzhou Guog...
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    Data Integrity Q&A: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized its questions and answers guidance on complying with data integrity requirements under current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) for drugs and biologics. The guidance updates a draft version released in 2016 and has been revised to include additional information on the agency’s current thinking on data integrity to help drugmakers identify lapses and implement best practices to shore up any gaps in thei...
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    EU Regulatory Roundup: Rising Complexity Drives Sharp Fall in MHRA Pharmacovigilance Inspections

    Welcome to our European   Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.   EMA Advises Novartis on use of eSource Direct Data Capture in Clinical Trials   The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has outlined its views on eSource direct capture of clinical trial data in response to questions from Novartis. EMA sees no theoretical obstacles to the use of the technology in a way that complies with good clinical practices (GCPs), but thinks sponso...
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    EMA Announces Pharmacovigilance Fee Increase

    Pharmacovigilance fees payable to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) were increased by 1.7% on Thursday to account for inflation in 2017.   Pharmacovigilance fees in in the EU are set by Regulation (EU) No 658/2014, which includes provisions for the European Commission to adjust the fees to keep up with the rate of inflation as measured by the European Index of Consumer prices.   The increased fee rate was established under Commissioner Delegated Regulation (EU)...
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    Compounding: FDA Details Policy Priorities for 2018, Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its priorities for addressing compounded drugs in 2018 after years of developing policies to improve its oversight. Background In recent years, FDA has worked to update its policies on compounded drugs in response to a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Center that led to at least 60 deaths and new requirements brought on by the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) of 201...
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    Regulatory Challenges for Direct-to-Patient Clinical Trials

    p> On-site clinical trials may present a number of participation obstacles for individuals living at distances from clinical trial sites or for patients with mobility problems. Direct-to-patient clinical trials can be an alternative. This article reviews applicable regulations and analyzes current strategies for conducting direct-to-patient clinical trials using technologies, such as mobile 'apps' and wearables to report data, as well as the potential for sending trial dr...
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    European Commission Consults on Revised GMPs for Sterile Drugs

    The European Commission on Wednesday launched a three-month public consultation ahead of its planned revision to good manufacturing practice (GMP) rules for sterile medicinal products contained in Annex 1 of Eudralex Volume 4 . The Commission says the revision was developed in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-Operation Scheme (PIC/S), and is meant to add clarity to Annex 1, which has been updated numerous times si...
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    EMA: Pharmacovigilance Fees to Rise in 2018

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday said it expects fees paid by drugmakers for pharmacovigilance applications to rise by 1.4% in mid-January 2018. Pharmacovigilance fees in in the EU are set by Regulation (EU) No 658/2014 , which includes provisions for the European Commission to adjust the fees to keep up with the rate of inflation as measured by the European Index of Consumer prices. Due to a low level of inflation in 2015 (0.2%), the Commission in 20...
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    European Commission Adopts Two Acts on GMPs for Medicines

    Last month, the European Commission adopted two legal acts seeking to improve patient safety through good manufacturing practices (GMP) that ensure the highest quality of medicines for investigational and human use. One of the acts is an  implementing directive  that sets out principles and guidelines of GMP in medicines where the manufacture or import is subject to a manufacturing authorization ( see Article 40 of the Community code Directive (2001/83/EC) ). The ...
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    EMA Makes Final Preparations Ahead of New EudraVigilance Launch

    With the 22 November launch date for its revamped EudraVigilance system rapidly approaching, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday provided some last minute updates on what to expect during the transition to the new system. New EudraVigilance System The new system, developed in response to changes brought on by the EU's pharmacovigilance legislation that went into effect in 2012, promises to improve adverse event reporting and safety monitoring. Specifical...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Drugmaker Over Fake Test Results, Blocking Access to Inspectors

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Chinese drugmaker Shandong Vianor Biotech for violating good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements following an inspection of the firm's Linyi, Shandong facility last May. According to FDA, the firm's management admitted to falsifying analytical test results used to release a lot of its products to the US. In another instance, FDA says the firm reported that a batch of one of its products was within specification ...