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    Designing a biologics manufacturing facility: Early planning for success

    This article reviews important steps in the manufacture of biologics. The authors provide planning steps for compliance with current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) to readiness for chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC). They pose important questions manufacturers should address, from facility issues to working with a contract development manufacturing organization. They conclude that trends toward reducing the time to market put considerable stress on all aspect...
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    Drug shortages in Germany ‒ A critical appraisal

    This article discusses drug shortages in Germany, the root causes of production problems with active pharmaceutical ingredients, and drug product manufacturers. The authors offer analysis from the perspective of a medium-sized generic drug manufacturer. They outline a range of reasons for the shortages, all of which point to a “broken marketplace.” The authors conclude with a discussion of mitigation activities and address the current COVID-19 pandemic. They warn that drug...
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    FDA Warns Jubilant, Pfizer Subsidiary in India

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week sent warning letters to Pfizer’s subsidiary Hospira and Jubilant Life Sciences over good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations at the companies’ facilities in India.   Pfizer   In its warning letter to Pfizer, FDA says that products made at its Hospira facility in Tamil Nadu, India are adulterated as a result of data integrity breaches and laboratory testing shortcomings observed during a week-long inspection la...
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    FDA Warns Pennsylvania Drugmaker Over GMP Violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month warned Vilvet Pharmaceuticals over good manufacturing practice (GMP) issues and for failing to list two of its products with the agency.   The warning letter comes after a 10-day inspection of Vilvet’s Chester Springs, PA facility in June 2018.   According to FDA, Vilvet failed to establish and follow adequate quality control practices, including failing to review batches of drugs made by a contract manufacturer....
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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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    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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    FDA Issues Delayed DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued draft guidance detailing its policy for when packages and homogenous cases of drugs without a product identifier are grandfathered from certain provisions of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). While the guidance comes two years after the deadline set by the DSCSA and on the same day that requirements for manufacturers to begin affixing or imprinting product identifiers on packages and homogenous cases ...
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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 ...