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    Drug Supply Chain Security: New APEC Toolkit to Aid Collaboration

    With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming more global and complex, regulators, industry groups and academics from around the world have developed a new toolkit of resources to increase harmonization across borders to ensure the quality of drugs from manufacture through ingestion. The new toolkit, born out of a five-year collaborative project that actually took four years to complete, brings expertise from the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), US Food and Drug Admin...
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    Pharma Inspection Co-operation Scheme Criticizes Plan to Lower GMP Requirements for ATMPs

    The regulatory group known as the Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) said in a letter released this week that it is “unanimously concerned” about the public health and safety impact of a new European Commission guideline that would lower good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). "By lowering the GMP requirements for ATMPs, the European Commission is not only exposing patients to an increased risk t...
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    CDRH and CDER Send Warning Letters to Six Asian Companies

    The flurry of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters continued on Tuesday with the release of six new warning letters for pharmaceutical and medical device companies in China, India, Taiwan and Japan. The most recent letter, sent from FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) to Bangalore, India-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Resonance Laboratories on 3 February, following a four-day inspection last May, says in...
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    EMA Touts Growth of Post-Authorisation Study Database

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced it has published more than 1,000 post-authorization studies in a public online database. The database, referred to as the EU PAS Register (European Union electronic register of post-authorisation studies), is operated by the European Network of Centres for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP), and was established with the aim of increasing transparency for post-authorisation studies. The EU Pass Regi...
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    EMA Reflects on its First Decade of Conditional Marketing Authorizations

    Ten years after the development of the conditional marketing authorization (CMA) pathway, European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said the program is working as intended, and has led to earlier patient access to 30 drugs, nearly half of which were for orphan indications, and 80% of which target seriously debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Additionally, EMA says that the majority of products granted conditional marketing authorization were either for indicatio...
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    Submitting Manufacturing Establishment Info Electronically: FDA Offers Draft Guidance

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers take note: The days of non-electronic submissions of establishment information to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are coming to an end, possibly as soon as 2019. On 28 December, FDA released draft guidance on the submission of manufacturing establishment information (MEI) in an electronic format. Twenty-four months after the agency finalizes this guidance, all MEI contained in new drug applications, abbreviated new drug applicat...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Drugmaker for Refusing Inspection, Unsanitary Conditions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent 8 December to China-based Baoying County Fukang Medical Appliance with six violations. During the June inspection, FDA says its inspector asked a company representative to “explain the microbiological testing processes” for products manufactured and distributed in the US from the plant, but the representative said that information is protected as a trade secret. “Our investigator expla...
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    Japan Joins International API Manufacturing Inspection Program

    Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) announced Thursday that it will join with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other regulators to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections for sites producing active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). “PMDA has decided to join this program from 24 November 2016,” the agency said in an announcement. “The participation in...
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    Companies Producing Drugs Only for INDs Exempt From FDA Registration

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday published a correction to a recent final rule on registering foreign and domestic manufacturing establishments, clarifying that a company producing solely products for investigational new drug (IND) applications is exempt from registration. The more than 200-page final rule released in late August requires the electronic submission of the registration and listing information for all drug, active pharmaceutical ingredi...
  • European Regulatory Roundup: UK Fines Pfizer for 2,600% Price Hike (8 December 2016)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. EC Appeases Some SMEs With Revised Advanced Therapy GMPs but Objections Remain The European Commission has received some favorable feedback on its draft good manufacturing practice (GMPs) guidelines for advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs). However, while small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were broadly supportive of changes proposed in the draft, the commission...
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    FDA Warns Spanish API Maker for GMP Violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent to Spanish active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) maker Interquim, S.A. for several good manufacturing practices (GMP) violations uncovered during an inspection of the company's Barcelona facility last May. In a warning letter, FDA cites Interquim for three issues related to its cleaning procedures, deteriorated equipment surfaces and stability testing data. According to FDA, Interquim d...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Shifts to Random Inspections (6 December 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. DTAB Proposes Stipulations to Indian Plan for Permanent Licenses The Indian Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) has given its conditional support to end the need to renew licenses to make, sell and test drugs. DTAB is broadly in favor of the idea, but has suggested stipulations that are more burdensome than those proposed by the Drug Controller General of India (DCG...