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    Evolution of the Japanese regulatory system and agencies

    The Japanese regulatory system has been recognized as one of the most sophisticated and stringent regulatory systems in the world. The regulatory policies are developed and administered by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) executes the policies, and certain authorities are delegated to local governments. Over the last 6 decades, the Japanese regulator has faced many challenges but has kept enhancing the...
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    Pharmaceutical groups want more clarity on continuous manufacturing guideline

    Several industry trade associations are asking for more clarity on the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing, including what constitutes a state of control for a continuous manufacturing process, the scope of the guideline, and the definition of a batch size. One manufacturer said the guideline places too much emphasis on non-conforming material, which has not been a significant issue in continuous manufacturing.   Th...
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    FDA issues final guidance on CMC postapproval changes for annual reports

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday issued a final guidance to help manufacturers of certain biological products determine which types of changes to their products should be submitted in annual reports for changes expected to have a minimal impact on product quality. The final guidance differs from the draft in providing more examples of changes that can be submitted in annual reports; however, FDA rejected calls from industry to provide a timeframe for...
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    FDA officials address common pitfalls affecting post-approval change applications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered some advice to help ensure smoother reviews of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) post-approval supplements and addressed how certain changes should be categorized at the 10 November meeting of the Association for Accessible Medicines” (AAM) GRx+Biosim conference.   Officials were asked to address common issues affecting ANDA post-approval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) submissions. Agency officials ...
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    Data integrity remediation and cGMP facilities

    Data integrity remediation is a critical activity performed by analytical laboratories, quality control laboratories, and manufacturing plants to comply with good manufacturing practice (GMP) and data integrity requirements. There are various challenges during this activity, and current GMP (cGMP) facilities struggle to comply due to technical limitations and resource constraints. This article examines the data integrity remediation challenges faced by cGMP facilities and ...
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    FDA officials tout progress and achievements in advanced manufacturing

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’S) efforts to encourage the industry’s adoption of advanced manufacturing is bearing fruit, according to a new update from the agency, noting robust interest from industry in participating in the agency’s Emerging Technologies Program (ETP).   In addition, “significant funding” from Congress has helped fund more research in advanced manufacturing, wrote Michael Kopcha, director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality in the FD...
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    FDA extends comment period on ICH Q12 guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reopened the comment period on its draft guidance implementing the International Council for Harmonization’s (ICH) Q12 guideline on postapproval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) changes for new and marketed pharmaceuticals and drug substances.   The additional time was requested by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).   FDA announced in a pre-publication notice in the 8 Septembe...
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    FDA fleshes out models for safe continuous manufacture of therapeutic proteins

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new paper  to help shed light on how therapeutic proteins can be produced safely on a continuous manufacturing line.   Continuous manufacturing “is still a novel concept for therapeutic proteins” and more “tangible” examples are needed to implement the program, acknowledged FDA in the report. Further, there are “few published studies” addressing viral inactivation methods for these products.   However, it’s im...
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    ICH releases widely anticipated guidance on continuous manufacturing

    The International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) on Tuesday issued its Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing, making a draft available for public comment.   The long-awaited draft was soon expected, according to an FDA official who gave an update on the status of the guideline at a 14 July CMC Strategy Forum sponsored by the California Separation Science Society (CASSS). (RELATED: Long-awaited ICH continuous manufacturing guideline coming soon , Regulatory Foc...
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    Long-awaited ICH continuous manufacturing guideline coming soon

    The International Council for Harmonization (ICH) Q13 guideline on continuous manufacturing is expected to be released for public comment soon, as the US pharmaceutical industry continues slow but steady adoption of this mode of manufacturing.   Cyrus Agarabi, a reviewer in FDA’s Office of Biotechnology Products in the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, updated attendees on the status of the ICH Q13 guideline at the 14 July CMC Strategy Forum sponsored by the California...
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    EMA guidelines highlight changes to IMPs triggering notification to regulators

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 1 July released for public consultation two draft guidelines to help sponsors of investigational medicinal products (IMPs) for new drugs and biologics decide whether manufacturing changes are considered a “substantial modification” needing prior approval.   These guidelines are connected to the EU regulation No. 536/2014 which came into force on 20 June 2014. The regulation defines a “substantial modification” as any change to a...
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    FDA focuses on efforts made to avert drug shortages in 2020

    New drug shortages in the US decreased in 2020, in part because of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) use of enforcement discretion to ensure an uninterrupted supply of critical medical products during the COVID-19 public health crisis.   Yet, the agency’s new drug shortages report to Congress said that while these actions helped avert shortages in the short-term, more work is needed to improve supply chain resiliency.   This report summarizes the agency...