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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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    FDA warning letter tells Spanish API firm to up its validation game

    A Spanish producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) was chastised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a June 30 warning letter for its spotty approach to validation and ensuring that manufacturing processes remain in a state of control and can consistently produce a quality product.   The letter to Bioiberica SAU in Barcelona, Spain, which makes heparin-based products, in addition to APIs, follows an inspection between 31 January and 4 February ...
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    Antifreeze and APIs don't mix, FDA tells Syntec

    The US Food and Drug Administration has warned New York-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Syntec for a litany of good manufacturing practice (GMP) problems. The agency says that issues related to how the firm handles active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) compromise the safety of the drugs produced at the site.   Among the problems found by FDA at the firm’s site in Farmingdale, NY, were inadequate contamination safeguards, as well as lax cleaning and testing proced...
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    PIC/S finalizes GMP data integrity guidance

    This week, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) announced that its new guidance on good practices for data management and integrity for pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors has come into effect.   When authorities inspect facilities of manufacturers and distributors of active pharmaceutical ingredients to ensure good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice (GMP/GDP) compliance, “The effectiveness of these inspection processes...
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    Biden administration outlines plan to address US supply chain vulnerabilities

    The United States is taking steps to address vulnerabilities in US supply chains, according to a new report published by the White House.   These steps include improving domestic manufacturing of critical medicines and active pharmaceutical ingredients, increasing investments in sustainable domestic supply chains, and better monitoring of supply chain disruptions, the Biden administration said.   On Monday, the Biden administration released a report of findings f...
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    FDA officials address 'complete assessments' at DMF workshop

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a question-and-answer webinar on 9 April to help the generic drug industry avoid problems with their Type II active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) drug master files (DMFs). Such mishaps can potentially derail the agency’s on-time review of generic drug applications.   The 3-hour webinar covered such topics as fee payments, completeness assessments, impurity assessments, facility identification and selecting starting mater...
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    A New Regulatory Paradigm for Medical Devices in India

    This article explains medical device classification rules, manufacturer registration procedures, dossier filing procedures, and pre-clinical and marketing application approval processes. Introduction Medical devices are a multi-billion-dollar global industry with continuous growth opportunities due to advancements in technology and new innovations. However, innovations and new advancements do not always reach patients due to a lack of clarity related to the approval p...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: Australia Opens Priority Review Pathway (27 June 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Starts Accepting Priority Review Notifications, Implements Revised Orphan Drug Program The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia has opened its priority review pathway. TGA is now accepting notifications from sponsors who plan to apply for priority review status to accelerate the approval of their medicines in the coming months. Officials at TGA are ...
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    EMA Calls to Suspend More Than 300 Drugs due to Unreliable Studies From Indian CRO

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced it is recommending the suspension of more than 300 approvals and applications for generic drugs for which bioequivalence studies were conducted by Chennai, India-based contract research organization (CRO) Micro Therapeutic Research Labs. The review of the CRO by EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) concluded that data from studies conducted at two sites between June 2012 and June 2016 “are un...
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    FDA Proposes New Rule on Bulk Substances Used to Compound Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a proposed rule that looks to add six bulk drug substances to a list of such substances that can be used in compounding and to remove four other bulk drug substances that FDA evaluated and should not be included in the list. If the proposed rule is finalized, the six bulk drug substances proposed for inclusion will be the first to be included on what’s known as the 503A bulks list. FDA’s Pharmacy Compoundi...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Investigates Trial Sites Over Data Integrity (25 October 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Clinical Data Probe Triggers Investigations Into 11 Trial Sites, CROs China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has opened investigations into 11 clinical trial sites and contract research organizations (CROs) as part of a data verification drive initiated last year. The regulator suspects the sites and CROs generated fraudulent clinical trial data to support 27 new ...
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    French Regulators Raise Serious Concerns With Indian API Manufacturer

    France’s National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) on Monday released a new statement of serious good manufacturing practice (GMP) non-compliance for India-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Nandu Chemicals Industries. In an inspection from 20 August, the French regulators uncovered significant deficiencies linked to “the vast majority of inspected areas” at Nandu’s Hubli, India site. In particular, the inspectors highli...