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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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    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...
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    EU Bans Non-Critical, Sterile Products from a Pfizer Site in India Following Joint Inspection

    A statement of noncompliance released by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Friday effectively bans in the EU medicinal products considered non-critical to public health from Pfizer's Irungattukottai, India-based site following an inspection with four regulators. Pfizer decided to temporarily suspend operations at the site earlier this month and MHRA is now calling on EU member states’ National Competent Authorities to evaluate how ...
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    MHRA Cites Pharmaceutics International for GMP Issues at Two US Sites

    The Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Wednesday cited US-based contract manufacturing organization Pharmaceutics International, Inc. (Pii) for critical deficiencies at two of its Maryland facilities. In the reports, outlined in two separate statements of non-compliance published to the European Medicine Agency's (EMA) EurdraGMP database, the inspectors say they identified a "failure of organizational and technical measures to minimize the ris...
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    EMA Assesses Concerns With Indian Generic Firm’s Clinical Data

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has begun a review of medicines for which studies have been conducted at Alkem Laboratories’s site in Taloja, India due to data integrity concerns. The review follows a joint good clinical practice (GCP) inspection of this site by German and Dutch regulators in March 2015, which raised issues with study data used to support the marketing authorization applications of some medicines in the EU. Following consideration of the inspectio...
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    Korean Device Firm Denies FDA Inspection

    A South Korean insulin syringe and pen needle manufacturer on Wednesday became the fifth foreign company to currently have its products banned from entry into the US after denying an inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Seoul, Korea-based MedExel Medical Manufacturing Co., which manufactures insulin syringes and insulin pen needles in Korea, joined Taiwan’s Morris Engineering Works, India’s Sewa Medicals, and China’s Intop Tech and Shanghai Realov E...