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    FDA issues pandemic inspections FAQ guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued an immediately effective frequently asked questions guidance  explaining its approach to inspections and manufacturing and supply chain changes during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.   Inspections   For the time being, FDA says it is still following the approach to resuming domestic inspections it laid out last month and will continue to postpone non-mission-critical foreign pre-approval an...
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    FDA looks to resume domestic inspections this month

    Months after halting most inspections amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said it plans to resume on-site domestic inspections beginning the week of 20 July 2020.   As a safety measure, FDA will pre-announce all inspections, save for retail tobacco inspections, for the foreseeable future.   The announcement comes nearly two months after the agency said it will implement a phased approach to restartin...
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    PIC/S Opens Consultations on Manufacturing ATMPs, Biological Medicinal Substances

    The Pharmaceutical Inspection Co-operation Scheme (PIC/S) is seeking comments on revisions to two parts of its GMP Guide (Annex 2A and Annex 2B) that deal with the manufacture of advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) and biological medicinal substances and products for human use. PIC/S explains that draft Annex 2A accounts for international developments in the regulation of ATMPs, with particular attention to the European Commission guideline on GMP for ATMPs, whi...
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    Grassley Calls for More Unannounced Foreign Drug Inspections From FDA

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explores plans to lower the cost of pharmaceuticals with imports from Canada and elsewhere, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is calling on the agency to perform more unannounced inspections of foreign facilities. Thanks to recent media coverage (on  China and tainted blood pressure medicines  and another article on  generic drug manufacturing ) as well as a controversial new book on the US reliance on foreign-made generic medicin...
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    FDA Warns Five Homeopathic Product Manufacturers for GMP Violations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released warning letters sent to five homeopathic product manufacturers because of significant good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations. For instance, four of the companies jointly manufacture and package Puriton Eye Relief Drops, which are labeled as homeopathic. But FDA said it tested multiple samples and found the eye drops were non-sterile, which could lead to an eye infection, and had a high pH level, which c...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Inspections of Medical Device Establishments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Thursday to implement uniform processes and standards for FDA inspections of domestic and foreign medical device establishments. FDA has updated processes and standards for uniformity within and across inspections other than for-cause and to establish a standard timeframe for such inspections of device establishments. The uniformity in FDA investigators’ approaches to these inspections “may inform firms’...
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    FDA Warns Integra’s TEI Biosciences Over Contamination Issues

    A TEI Biosciences medical device facility drew an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter earlier this month over failures to prevent bacterial contamination of certain manufacturing equipment and products. The warning letter, made public on Tuesday, cites four good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations for the manufacturer of collagen-based medical devices. The first three GMP violations cover a lack of procedures to control environmental conditions as w...
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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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    Experts Question FDA Proposal to Conduct Manufacturing Inspections for De Novo Reviews

    Industry experts raised questions around the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recent proposal that would allow FDA to inspect manufacturing facilities prior to granting de novo classification requests. The proposal is part of the 76-page proposed rule FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) set forth last December. The proposed rule addresses the lack of de novo-specific regulation that puts the program at a disadvantage compared to the traditiona...
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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 Spanish Firm Over GMP, Data Integrity Issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month warned Spanish over-the-counter (OTC) drugmaker Proandre SL over good manufacturing practice (GMP) and data integrity issues that landed the firm on import alert in November.   FDA inspected Proandre’s Barcelona facility over the course of four days last June, finding that its OTC Proandre antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer liquid are adulterated and misbranded. Two other products are cited in the warning letter a...
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    FDA Cites GMP, GLP Violations at Two Sites

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted two warning letters on Monday that flagged a total of nine violations of good manufacturing practice (GMP) at California-based Total Thermal Imaging (TTI) and four violations of good laboratory practice (GLP) at an American Preclinical Services (APS) facility in Minneapolis. TTI’s warning letter comes after an FDA inspection of its website and brochures concluded that its Thermographic Business Package lacked the approv...