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    CDRH Warns Idaho Wheelchair Manufacturer for Unapproved Modifications

    The videos at 21 st Century Scientific’s website wheelchairs.com show people taking their wheelchairs off-road, in the sand and at high speeds. But the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) told the Idaho-based company in a warning letter posted Tuesday that these modifications to their wheelchairs were never approved by the agency. “Use on these terrains and functions that enable the device to lift the user, tilt the...
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    CDER Warns Chinese, Indian Manufacturers

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Tuesday released two warning letters sent recently to India-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer CTX Lifesciences Private Ltd and China-based drug manufacturer Ningbo Pulisi Daily Chemical Products Co. Following a six-day inspection at CTX Lifesciences, FDA found that the firm did not ensure that the water used for parenteral grade APIs was suitable for its...
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    FDA's OPDP Warns Metuchen Pharmaceuticals Over Misleading DTC Ads

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) sent a warning letter to Metuchen Pharmaceuticals earlier this month for several false and misleading advertisements for its erectile dysfunction drug. In several print and online ads, including one in the American College of Cardiology’s magazine, the drug, known as Stendra (avanafil), is portrayed as being approved for a new use for which it lacks approval, and several misleading ...
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    FDA Warns Chinese OTC Drug Manufacturer for Falsifying Documents

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research earlier this month sent a warning letter to China-based sunscreen and OTC drug manufacturer NingBo Huize Commodity Co. after the company’s general manager and quality manager admitted that multiple documents provided to FDA were falsified “for the purpose of this inspection.” FDA placed the firm on import alert in June and said that the firm agreed to recall all drug products distributed...
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    FDA Warns Akorn for Repeat Violations

    Following a more than one-month inspection last summer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter for Akorn’s Somerset, New Jersey manufacturing facility due to cGMP violations. The warning letter, issued 13 June and discussed by Akorn on 25 June, echoes some of the observations made by FDA in a Form 483 for the site last November. FDA specifically raises concerns with the site’s quality system, which “does not adequately ensu...
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    FDA Questions Arizona Stem Cell Company

    As part of efforts to crack down on companies selling unapproved stem cell products to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday sent an untitled letter to Arizona-based R3 Stem Cell and its more than 50 affiliate centers or clinics. FDA raises concerns with R3 because its website makes unsubstantiated claims about the stem cell products, which FDA says appear to be human cell, tissue, or cellular or tissue-based p...
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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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    Texas Firm Draws FDA Warning Over Adulterated Device

    In a new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter, Plano, TX-based Surgisil was urged to come into compliance with the marketing of its Perma Facial Implant over an unapproved intended use. FDA conducted an inspection of Surgisil’s operations, including its website , last September and determined the firm had been marketing the Perma Facial Implant for augmentation of the lips. The device obtained 510(k) clearance for “cosmetic augmentation and correction...
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    FDA to Step Up Stem Cell Enforcement, Look Into Pathway for Low-Risk Treatments

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Center for Biologics Evaluation Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks on Wednesday warned that the agency will step up its enforcement efforts against companies illegally marketing stem cell therapies.   Gottlieb and Marks also said the agency will look into new ways to “delineate an efficient development path” for low-risk stem cell therapies being developed by firms that have filed investigational n...
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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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    FDA Flags 41,000 Adverse Event Reports Linked to Surgical Staplers, Staples

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a letter to health care providers Friday over a growing body of adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable staples.   The agency’s ongoing analysis of medical device reports (MDRs) found that it received more than 41,000 individual MDRs that describe adverse events associated with the use of surgical staplers and staples for internal use between 1 January 2011 and 31 March 2018.   These include 36...
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    FDA Warns Teva Subsidiary Over Quality Failures, CGMP Violations

    Teva Pharmaceuticals subsidiary Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. received a warning letter last month from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for quality unit concerns and inconsistencies with its laser-drilled tablet manufacturing processes, among other violations. Actavis Laboratories’ quality unit at the Davie, Florida-based site was found to have “failed to fulfill its duties and responsibilities,” the warning letter says, noting for example that the unit did no...