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    Datascope Draws Second FDA Warning

    Getinge Group subsidiary Datascope failed to adequately conduct device design validation, establish procedures for corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs) and evaluate and select potential suppliers, according to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter. The warning letter was issued to the firm— acquired  by Getinge in 2008—on 6 February and made public Wednesday. It marks the second warning letter to the Getinge subsidiary. The first one was issued  l...
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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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    CDRH Drafts Method to Provide Feedback on FDA Form 483 Citations

    The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance Friday to standardize a mechanism for a medical device establishment to request nonbinding feedback on actions such establishments propose to take to address an FDA Form 483. The draft standardized method has five parts. These relate to submitting a timely request—as defined by the agency—the statutory eligibility criteria, the device establishment’s ...
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    Poland, Slovenia Added to GMP Agreement Between US and EU

    Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the capabilities of Poland and Slovenia to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections at a level equivalent to the US. FDA can now rely on a total of 22 member states to replace their own inspections, although the European Medicines Agency (EMA) notes that imported products still need to be batch tested until FDA recognizes all EU member states' authorities for human pharmaceuticals. ...
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    FDA Warns Chinese OTC Drugmaker, Florida Fertility Center

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month sent warning letters to Chinese over-the-counter (OTC) drugmaker Hangzhou Guoguang Touring Commodity Co. and the University of Miami Reproductive and Fertility Center.   Hangzhou Guoguang   The warning letter comes after FDA placed Hangzhou Guoguang on import alert in October following an inspection of the company's Zhejiang facility over four days last April.   According to the warning letter, Hangzhou Guog...
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    EU Restricts Slovak Manufacturer’s GMP Certificate Over Spate of Deficiencies

    Unimed Pharma, a Slovakia-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, drew a statement of noncompliance after an inspection revealed two critical and 21 major good manufacturing practices (GMP) deficiencies. The statement of noncompliance took issue with the firm’s manufacturing operations for sterile products, including aseptically prepared small volume liquids and batch certification. The statement was issued by the Slovakian State Institute for Drug Control (SIDC), following ...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Manufacturer Over Product Testing Failures

    China-based Cao Medical Equipment drew a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter after it continued to ship adulterated drugs despite promising to “immediately stop.”    The warning letter cites significant violations of good manufacturing practices at a facility in Hebei, China that resulted in adulterated drug products. It comes after the firm failed to ease FDA’s concerns in its response to a July Form 483. The firm was placed on import alert last month...
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    Data Integrity Q&A: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized its questions and answers guidance on complying with data integrity requirements under current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) for drugs and biologics. The guidance updates a draft version released in 2016 and has been revised to include additional information on the agency’s current thinking on data integrity to help drugmakers identify lapses and implement best practices to shore up any gaps in thei...
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    FDA Redrafts GMP Policies for Outsourcing Facilities

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a revised draft guidance Monday on good manufacturing practices (GMP) for outsourcing facilities to reflect 2014 feedback. The draft guidance aims to clarify provisions that became applicable to outsourcing facilities, following the 2013 enactment of section 503B under the FD&C Act that allowed drug compounders to register as outsourcing facilities with FDA. Outsourcing facilities must be GMP compliant and are subject t...
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    Updated: FDA Flags Pfizer’s Hospira Plant in Kansas Over Repeat 483 Citations

    A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection at the McPherson, KS plant of Pfizer’s Hospira business revealed seven repeat FDA Form 483 citations dating back to 2012. FDA investigators conducted an inspection of the human sterile drug manufacturing site from late July to early August 2018, with the agency posting the Form 483 to its website Friday. The latest 483 comes after Hospira’s Kansas plant drew an FDA warning letter last year, with significant violations...
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    PIC/S Drafts Guidance on Good Practices for Data Management and Integrity

    As data integrity violations continue to be found in Form 483s and warning letters, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention/Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme (PIC/S) released a 52-page draft guidance outlining how an inspector should inspect facilities that must adhere to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standards. The guidance, which will be open for consultation until 28 February 2019, was directed by the Australian an...
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    Updated: US-EU Agreement on GMP Inspections Adds 5 More Member States

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month confirmed the capabilities of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Latvia so that FDA can now rely on the inspections in each of those countries, reducing the need for duplicative work.   A total of 19 member states in the EU are now qualified by FDA as having the capability, capacity and procedures in place to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections at a level equivalent to the US. However,...