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    FDA warns German OTC firm, Chinese API maker for lax cleaning practices, other GMP issues

    A German manufacturer of OTC products and a Chinese supplier of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) were told to adopt better equipment cleaning practices in recent warning letters from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The letters, posted on 27 September, also identified a slew of other current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) violations.   The first warning letter, to System Kosmetik Produktionsgesellschaft fur kosmetische, located in Munster, Germany...
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    Warning letters: Investigators refused entry to testing lab; firm cited for distributing unauthorized COVID tests

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chastised a San Diego, California based testing lab in a recent warning letter for “significant deviations” from current good manufacturing practices (GMPs), including initially blocking investigators from entering the site, making false statements, failing to adequately the suitability of its analytical methods for testing products and lacking adequate safeguards over computer equipment.   In another recent warning letter, the...
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    Experts say FDA enforcement focus unchanged, use of alternative tools to grow

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue to focus on data integrity practices and take a hard look at OTC firms’ testing programs either through onsite inspections or using alternative inspection tools in fiscal year 2022, according to experts who spoke to Regulatory Focus on near-term enforcement trends.   In addition, industry should expect to continue fielding requests for electronic records as the agency’s use of this alternative inspection tool is...
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    FDA official: Growing number of enforcement actions stem from inspection alternatives

    Many of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) drug good manufacturing practice (GMP) warning letters and import alerts issued in fiscal year 2021 were based on product sampling and reviewing firms’ written responses to record requests, not from traditional onsite inspections.   So asserted Francis Godwin, director of Office of Manufacturing Quality (OMQ) in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at a compliance and enforcement update at a 26 October...
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    FDA chastises three US firms for ignoring record requests, inadequate CMO oversight, and shoddy response to fires

    Inadequate oversight of contract manufacturers, failing to address how a fire affected the quality of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and ignoring the agency’s request for electronic records prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue three warning letters for good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations to an over the counter drug manufacturer, a finished drug manufacturer and an API manufacturer in the US.   The recipients of the warning letters, w...
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    Three foreign OTC firms slapped with warning letters for GMP testing violations

    Slipshod testing of two over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics along with improper marketing of one led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue three warning letters to manufacturers located outside the US. Additionally, the agency continued its crackdown on imported hand sanitizers.   The recipients of the warning letters, which were all issued in mid-September, include Laboratorio Pharma International in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, a manufacturer of antibiotics and ...
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    Two more stem cell firms slapped with untitled letters

    Untitled letters issued to two firms for marketing unapproved stem cell products signal that some in the industry are undeterred by the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) efforts to get these products approved or off the market.       The letters join four others from the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) in recent months to clinics marketing unapproved stem cell products after an enforcement grace period ended on 1 June. (RELATED: CBER targets...
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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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    FDA’s document-based inspections prompt warning letters for GMP violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 13 April warned South American active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Proquimes SA Productos Quimicos Especializados SA for a multitude of good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations. The letter joins three others the agency has issued since the beginning of the year that are based solely on a records review and not onsite inspections.   The warning letters signal the agency’s increasing reliance on a review of...
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    Fresenius Kabi pays $50 million to settle criminal charges

    An Indian drug manufacturer has agreed to pay $50 million in fines and forfeitures, the US Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Fresenius Kabi Oncology Limited (FKOL) plead guilty to concealing and destroying records; the charges came in the wake of a 2013 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection of its plant in Kalyani, India.   “By hiding and deleting manufacturing records, FKOL sought to obstruct the FDA’s regulatory authority and prevent the FDA from do...
  • Stem cell and allergy clinics receive CBER untitled letters

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CBER) has issued untitled letters to a firm marketing regenerative medicine products and to a company selling extracts for immunotherapy.   On 25 January, CBER warned the owner of a California-based company called The Body Building, Inc. for marketing “BioGenix regenerative medicine products” to treat a variety of conditions including autoimmune disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s di...
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    Azurity garners OPDP untitled letter for problematic emails

    Marketing Xatmep (methotrexate oral solution) to health care providers without giving a full presentation of the drug’s serious risks has garnered Azurity Pharmaceuticals an untitled letter from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   In the letter dated 24 November 2019, FDA’s Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) references promotional materials sent to healthcare professionals via email by Massachusetts-based Azurity.   Xatmep is indicated as part of...