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    Third Party Certification for Drugs Associated With an Import Alert Exception

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun a widely recognized campaign of intensified surveillance of foreign manufacturers of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and finished drug products. Failure to comply with the regulatory requirements for good manufacturing practice can subject a foreign firm to an import alert, thereby cutting off access to commercial distribution in the US. This article provides an overview of the consequences of an import alert a...
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    Democrats Revive Canada Drug Import Bill as Safety Questions Linger

    Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and several colleagues who previously opposed such a measure, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Angus King (I-ME), alongside Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) on Tuesday revived legislation lingering for more than a decade to allow the importation of medicines from Canada and other countries to help lower US drug prices. Sanders called the bill "critical" on Tuesday at a press conference, saying...
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    FDA Bans Imports of Piston Syringes From Nipro’s Thailand Site

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday added Nipro’s Thailand site to a list of companies barred from shipping supplies of medical devices to the US because of a lack of quality. In this case, FDA will not allow shipments of Nipro Thailand’s piston syringes (with luer lock tip or catheter tip) into the US. Nipro Thailand is the only company or site to be listed on FDA’s Import Alert 89-17 list . “Under section 501(c) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmeti...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Offers Technical Guidance on Clinical Trials (24 January 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Posts Comprehensive Technical Guidance on Clinical Trials China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released technical guidance on clinical trials, walking drug developers through the entire clinical research process, from preparing to run a first-in-human trial to designing post-marketing and pharmacogenomic studies. CFDA has created the document to provide ...
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    WTO Makes Permanent a Way to Help Poor Countries Gain Access to Generics via Compulsory Licenses

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday officially amended its Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement to allow developing countries facing public health problems and lacking the capacity to produce generic drugs the ability to obtain such medicines from third country producers under "compulsory licensing" arrangements.  The amendment, which is the first since TRIPS was created in 1995, provides a permanent legal basis for both poten...
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    FDA Warns One Japanese, One Chinese Drugmaker

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released warning letters sent to Japanese drugmaker Sato Yakuhin Kogyo Co. Ltd. and Chinese drugmaker Suzhou Pharmaceutical Technology Co., Ltd. earlier this month. Sato Yakuhin Kogyo In its warning letter to Sato Yakuhin Kogyo, FDA cites the company for data integrity issues and failing to investigate out-of-specification test results uncovered over a five-day inspection of the company's Kashihara City, Japan facilit...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Adopts Risk-Based Approach to Biologic Licenses (20 December 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. India Adopts Risk-Based Approach to Biologic Licenses, Ending Mandatory Inspections The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has scrapped the need for manufacturers to undergo a joint inspection before receiving certain biologics licenses. Instead of conducting pre-approval visits, Indian regulators will award Form 29 licenses within three days of receiving applications ...
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    Long-Awaited UN Report Calls for Breaking Link Between Drug R&D Costs and Prices

    The United Nations (UN) High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines released its long-awaited report on Wednesday, with recommendations sure to rile up the pharmaceutical industry as it calls for World Trade Organization (WTO) members to no longer link the cost of research and development (R&D) with drug prices, as well as for an increase in the issuance of compulsory licenses and to require the disclosure of pharmaceutical R&D costs. The call for more compulsory license...
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    FDA Continues Crackdown on Chinese Drug Manufacturers With new Warning for Xiamen

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter to Chinese drug manufacturer Xiamen Origin Biotech over "significant deviations" in the company's manufacturing practices for active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). As imports of pharmaceuticals from China and India have increased, so has FDA's enforcement of manufacturing for companies exporting to the US. In 2015, FDA carried out 132 inspections of Chinese manufacturers, more than twi...
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    Generic Drugs From Four Indian and Chinese Companies Blocked From Entering US

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday added four Chinese and Indian companies to a list of generic drug facilities that are banned from shipping products to the US because they failed to pay fees and meet identification requirements stipulated in the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 ( GDUFA ). The companies include China’s Jiangsu ZW Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd., which received a warning letter in 2015, and Wuxi Kaili Pharmaceutical Company, whi...
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    NIH’s Exclusive Licenses to Biotech, Pharma Start-Ups: Lots of Secrecy, Few Successes

    It’s well-known that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers billions of dollars in grants to US academic research facilities. What’s less well-known is that each year, hundreds of new inventions are produced in the laboratories of NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and these inventions are licensed out to private companies in the US and internationally for further research and development, with the...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: China Looks to Protect Clinical Data Integrity (5 April 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Introduces Draft Clinical Trial Data Verification Procedures The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has released a provisional document regarding the validation of clinical trial data. Under the model, CFDA’s audit team will conduct on-site assessments of the records kept by clinical trials to verify the authenticity and integrity of data purporting to show the ...