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    Evolution of the Japanese regulatory system and agencies

    The Japanese regulatory system has been recognized as one of the most sophisticated and stringent regulatory systems in the world. The regulatory policies are developed and administered by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) executes the policies, and certain authorities are delegated to local governments. Over the last 6 decades, the Japanese regulator has faced many challenges but has kept enhancing the...
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    FDA and EMA mostly align on GCP inspection deficiencies, study finds

    A study conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) found that the agencies are identifying the same types of deficiencies in joint good clinical practice (GCP) inspections with respect to protocol compliance, documentation deviations, and human subject protections.   The paper follows a mutual transatlantic cooperation on GCPs between the regulators that went into effect on 1 September 2009. Under the program, regulators ...
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    FDA reiterates support for semi-distributed tracing model under DSCSA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that trading partners use the semi-distributed model to trace drug products though the drug distribution chain because of this model’s flexibility and advantages over other data architecture models. The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requires that trading partners have these systems in place by November 2023.   Connie Jung, acting associate director for policy and compliance in FDA’s Office of Drug Security, ...
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    Data integrity remediation and cGMP facilities

    Data integrity remediation is a critical activity performed by analytical laboratories, quality control laboratories, and manufacturing plants to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and data integrity requirements. There are various challenges during this activity, and current GMP (cGMP) facilities struggle to comply due to technical limitations and resource constraints. This article examines the data integrity remediation challenges faced by cGMP facilities and ...
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    ICH announces sign-off on good clinical practices guideline

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) recently announced that the E8(R1) guideline on general considerations for clinical studies had reached Step 4 and is awaiting sign-off by regulators. The widely anticipated guideline modernizes the design, conduct and reporting of clinical trials by adopting quality by design principles. The guideline incorporates “current concepts achieving fit-for-purpose data quality.”   ICH announced that “the modernisation of IC...
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    RF Quarterly, March 2021: Global clinical trials

    Welcome to the inaugural issue of RF Quarterly featuring original, thematically developed content by regulatory experts addressing key areas and emerging issues in the global regulatory landscape. RF Quarterly is a member-exclusive addition to the regular monthly  Regulatory Focus  feature articles and replaces the former quarterly article series. The theme for this issue is Global Clinical Trials.   Clinical trials are an essential component of pharmaceutical re...
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    Clinical trials, good clinical practice, regulations, and compliance

    This article provides an overview of the international and national guidelines associated with clinical trials. The authors highlight the importance of multiregional clinical trials and outline the principles of good clinical practice (GCP) and regulatory compliance.   Introduction Clinical trials are essential components of pharmaceutical research and development. A clinical development program’s broad aim is to treat a specific indication in a certain population to...
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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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    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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    EMA Expands Online Portal for Parallel Distribution Submissions

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday announced that going forward, parallel distributors will be required to use its recently launched secure online portal, known as Iris, to manage and submit parallel distribution notifications.   Background   Parallel distribution, also known as re-exportation, is a process by which companies in the EU distribute centrally authorized medicines between member states, independent of their marketing authorization holder (...