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    Omnibus spending bill expands FDA’s unannounced foreign inspections pilot

    The recently enacted omnibus spending bill approved by Congress in late December directs the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand its unannounced foreign facility inspection pilot program in a quest to achieve parity with domestic inspections, which are mostly unannounced.   The FY 2023 spending bill was signed by President Biden on 27 December. The bill authorizes $3.5 billion in budget authority for FDA in FY 2023, a 6.5% increase compared to the previous ...
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    FDA cites Sun Pharma with litany of GMP violations, including poor aseptic practices

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admonished Sun Pharmaceutical Industries in a recent warning letter for a several good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations, including poor aseptic practices, inadequate cleanroom design and environmental monitoring and failure to keep manufacturing equipment clean.   These violations prompted FDA to place the firm on import alert on 7 December.   FDA inspected the firm’s Gujarat India facility from 26 April to 9 May 202...
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    FDA guidance proposes devices be deemed adulterated for refusing inspections

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has issued draft guidance proposing that devices be deemed adulterated and refused entry to the US market if companies refuse to allow inspections of their facilities without adequate justification. Under current FDA policy, only drugs can be deemed adulterated if FDA inspectors are barred at the door.   The draft align with an update in the law under the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA), which requires devices also be dee...
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    CMC regulatory strategy

    Regulators make benefit-risk decisions based on the three pillars of quality, safety, and efficacy. CMC is applied throughout the product development spectrum from the initial synthesis of a molecule to reach a hypothetical target, to commercial scale up and beyond. This article helps the reader navigate the CMC regulatory landscape and understand the multiple considerations needed in order to devise a strategy which is efficient with respect to cost and time to approval. ...
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    OPQ’s FY2021 report gives mixed review on state of drug quality

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) lists both negative and positive trends in its new report assessing the state of pharmaceutical quality in FY2021. Among the setbacks are the increasing number of drug recalls, under-reporting of quality issues in field alert reports (FARs) and a growing number of products failing sampling tests.   On the bright side, OPQ said its New Inspection Protocol Project (NIPP) program has increa...
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    FDA describes plans to expand remote regulatory assessments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on Friday that formalizes its plans for using remote regulatory assessments (RRAs) for FDA-regulated products to supplement onsite inspections as it eases out of pandemic response mode. The guidance covers triggers for when FDA will request or require remote assessments and how these audits will be coordinated with onsite inspections.   These tools are not intended to replace onsite inspections but inste...
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    COVID-19 therapeutics tracker

    A handful of therapeutics have been approved specifically to treat COVID-19, reduce its severity, or prevent it entirely.   As of July 2022, those treatments include dexamethasone, Avigan (favilavir), Veklury (remdesivir) alone and in combination with Olumiant (baricitinib), Lagevrio (molnupiravir), Xevudy (sotrovimab), Regkirona (regdanvimab), Ronapreve (casirivimab and imdevimab), amubarvimab and romlusevimab (formerly BRII-196 and BRII-198), Actemra/RoActemra (tocil...
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    ICMRA explores hybrid inspections, postapproval changes with new pilots

    A global regulatory group is seeking industry participants for two pilot programs exploring a common regulatory framework for assessing manufacturing facilities in hybrid inspections and for reviewing postapproval changes.   The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) announced the pilots on 24 June. The group said that the pilots were prompted by its July workshop which “highlighted the need for more convergence on CMC [chemistry, manufac...
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    FDA official: Virtual audits, records requests may be sticking around

    CHICAGO – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to use a hybrid inspection model going forward as it eases out of its pandemic response mode, combining a mix of record requests, remote interactive evaluations (RIEs) with onsite inspections if needed, asserted Alonza Cruse, director of FDA’s pharmaceutical quality operations.   Cruse discussed how the agency is transitioning to normal operators at the 22 June Drug Information Association (DIA) annual meeting ...
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    FDA caught up on domestic preapproval inspections, foreign inspections still a challenge

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eliminated its backlog of overdue domestic preapproval inspections, yet such progress has been stunted at the international level as getting to sites in China has remained a challenge amid the country’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. So asserted Patrizia Cavazzoni, the director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), who provided an update on the center’s activities and priorities for 2022 at the Food and Drug ...
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    Cavazzoni: Pandemic-era tools, learnings are here to stay

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top drug official said the pandemic has prompted the agency to consider new ways of working going forward and has renewed calls for industry to embrace digital technologies and decentralized models for conducting clinical trials. The pandemic has also prompted the agency to re-evaluate its hiring practices, and to adopt the use of alternative tools in lieu of onsite inspections, which have become a permanent fixture in the agency...
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    FDA ‘high-risk’ foreign inspections: Post‒COVID-19 response to GMP challenges

    This article examines the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) return to inspections that were put on hold during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines the agency’s oversight of drug and biological products during the pandemic and its plans moving forward. The authors summarize the agency’s guidance and policies, industry considerations, and recommendations to manufacturers preparing for their next FDA inspection.   Keywords FDA, inspections, quality, risk m...