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    MHRA Delays Nordic Pharma’s Attempt to Add New Indian CMO Site to Marketing Authorization

    The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Friday announced that it has put on hold the addition of Indian contract manufacturing organization (CMO) Akums Drugs' Haridwar-based site as a manufacturing facility for the marketing authorization of Nordic Pharma's hormone injection progesterone due to a lack of sterility assurance. An MHRA inspection of the site (its first inspection for the site) on 13 April revealed one critical and three major...
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    FDA Warns CMO’s Italy Site, Banned Indian API Manufacturer Over GMP Deficiencies

    Contract manufacturing organization (CMO) Corden Pharma’s Sermoneta, Italy-based site and Megafine’s active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing site in Nashik, India, both received warning letters from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which were released Tuesday. For the Italian site, which produces both APIs and finished drugs, FDA’s inspection from last May (warning letter was sent 24 May 2016) uncovered sterility concerns, including visible “black ...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Tweaks GMP Inspection Closeout Process (17 May 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. TGA Updates Process for Closeout of On-Site GMP Inspections Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has revised its process for handling the closeout of on-site good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections. The updated process ends the practice of issuing close-out letters to manufacturers, with TGA choosing to communicate its closing messages in an inspection r...
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    Industry Questions FDA Study on Efficacy Claims in DTC Pharma Ads

    Pharmaceutical companies AbbVie, Eli Lilly and Merck are raising new questions about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to investigate the impact on consumer perceptions of prescription drugs if efficacy claims are included in the advertisements. The Office of Prescription Drug Promotion’s (OPDP) study of direct-to-consumer (DTC) print advertising of drugs, first announced in July 2015 , will also seek to better understand if consumers make different cho...
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    Data Integrity in cGMP Drug Manufacturing: FDA Offers New Draft Guidance

    The recent influx of concerns over data manipulation and other data integrity questions in India, China and elsewhere has pushed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put out new draft guidance on Thursday to help the pharmaceutical industry ensure data is consistent and accurate. The guidance includes 18 questions and answers on data integrity, alongside well-defined terms on data as they relate to current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) records, as well as re...
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    FDA Continues Crackdown on Noncompliant Chinese Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

    Three more Chinese pharmaceutical companies were added to two US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) import alert lists this week for failing to meet the good manufacturing practice (GMP) standards of FDA and for refusing an FDA inspection. On Wednesday, FDA added Xinxiang Pharmaceutical Co. and  Xinxiang Tuoxin Biochemical Co., noting: “Only drug and drug products (i.e. adenosine, choline, uridine, uracil, cytidine, inosine, and all pharmaceutical intermediates) are sub...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: CFDA Investigates $88M in Improperly Refrigerated Vaccines (22 March 2016)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. CFDA Calls for Investigation Into Sellers of $88M Worth of Improperly Refrigerated Vaccines The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is pressuring local government officials to probe the sale of RMB 570 million ($88 million) worth of improperly refrigerated vaccines. Police officials think the substandard vaccine ring, which was allegedly run by a mother and daughter t...
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    MHRA Takes Action on LinkedIn Pharma Marketing

    The UK’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Friday said it has reprimanded the dermatology company Galderma after receiving an anonymous complaint about promotional material for a prescription drug shared on the social networking site LinkedIn. MHRA said it upheld the complaint as the UK, unlike the US, does not allow prescription-only medicines to be promoted to the public though it does allow advertisements for over-the-counter medicines, accor...
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    New Draft Guidance on Best Practices for IND Communications Between Sponsors, FDA

    Investigational new drug application (IND) sponsors communicating with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during the various drug development phases now will have a new set of best practices to consult with prior to their meetings thanks to draft guidance released by FDA on Friday. The communications between FDA and industry are often opportunities to share cirtical information on clinical trials and for the agency to provide advice on trial design, dose selection...
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    Industry Conflicts With FDA: The Options

    Pharmaceutical companies concerned by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actions or decisions have a number of informal and formal ways to get in touch with and file appeals with the agency, two FDA officials told attendees at RAPS’ Regulatory Convergence last month. The conversation on disputes came as FDA in September further clarified and updated its guidance on how it resolves complicated medical and scientific disagreements between industry and FDA. Informal D...
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    FDA Bans Imports From Major Indian API Manufacturer

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday added Indian active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Megafine Pharma's Nashik site in Maharashtra, India, to a list of foreign manufacturing sites banned from sending products to the US. Megafine, which was hit with an FDA Form 483 back in May at the site, produces 24 APIs for the US market , including for drugs intended to treat Alzheimer's disease, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis and over...
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    FDA to Study Whether Consumers Can Take More Complicated Info in Pharma TV Ads

    As almost every advertisement on television seems like another direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical ad, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now trying to understand if consumers can handle more information about the drugs in the ads. The agency is calling for public comment on two studies it's planning to run to see whether consumers, particularly those over 60, can understand more complicated benefit/risk information and images in DTC television ads. T...