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Mistake-Proofing the Workplace By Zachary Sherman, Max Sherman - Published 22 September 2017

This article discusses mistakes, or human errors, made in the pharmaceutical or medical device workplace and provides the definition of a mistake. The authors also present how mistakes are made, whether such errors are the actual "root cause" of defects, the social and company consequences of errors, and what can be done to minimize errors.

Categories: Features, Compliance, Manufacturing, Quality

Tags: Errors, Defects, Quality

PhRMA Criticizes FDA's 'Unnecessary' Research on Drug Advertising and Promotion By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 August 2017

The pharmaceutical industry lobbying group known as the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is harshly criticizing the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) research focused on prescription drug advertising and promotion and calling for a clearer vision on how this research protects public health.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Advertising and Promotion, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Quality, Regulatory strategy

Tags: PhRMA, drug advertising and promotion, FDA research

EMA Updates Guidance on Three Post-Authorisation Activities By Michael Mezher - Published 14 July 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced Friday it has updated three post-authorisation activity guidance documents, including type II variations, post-authorisation safety studies and quality variations.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Quality, Submission and registration

Tags: Post-authorisation, Post-authorisation safety studies, Quality, Type II Variation

FDA Panel Votes Unanimously in Favor of First CAR-T Cancer Therapy By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 July 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously, 10 to 0, in favor of the benefit-risk profile for the first of a new kind of cancer therapy, known as a Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Government affairs, Human cell and tissue, Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: CAR-T, Novartis, CTL019, gene therapy, cell therapy, ODAC

ICH Q12 Post Approval Change Management Protocol: Advantages for Consumers, Regulators and Industry By Ajay Babu Pazhayattil, Naheed Sayeed-Desta, Vijayalakshmi Iyer - Published 16 May 2017

This article discusses the latest draft of ICH Q12 and significance of harmonizing regulatory requirements across regional borders. It emphasizes how Post-Approval Change Management Protocol (PACMP) can be used as a tool to improve strategic change management and ensure supply chain reliability.

Categories: Features, Europe, US, FDA, ICH, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Quality

Tags: ICH Q12, Post Approval Change Management Protocol, Quality by Design, QbD

Thailand's Approach to Drug Quality Assurance: Creation of the Green Book By Thanita Patthamajinda, RPh - Published 27 April 2017

This article discusses how Thailand's Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Food and Drug Administration (Thai FDA) and a number of government and independent health agencies regulate drugs, both new and generic, as well as traditional, nonwestern medicines.

Categories: Features, Asia, Drugs, Quality

Tags: Thailand, Green Book, Quality Assurance

BIO, AdvaMed Seek to Tweak FDA’s New Pre-Request Draft Guidance for Combo Products By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 April 2017

Industry groups BIO and AdvaMed are seeking some changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidance on requesting informal input on combination product designations.

Categories: News, US, CBER, CDER, CDRH, Biologics and biotechnology, Combination products, Drugs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: BIO, AdvaMed, combination product guidance, pre-RFD program

Researchers Link Target Product Profiles to Shorter Review Times By Michael Mezher - Published 17 April 2017

A recent analysis finds that drug and biologic submissions to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that reference a target product profile (TPP) are associated with shorter review times at the agency.

Categories: News, US, FDA, ICH, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Labeling, Quality, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: Target Product Profile, TPP, Quality Target Product Profile, QTPP

FDA Warns Abbott Device Manufacturing Plant in California By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 April 2017

The warning letter sent Wednesday from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) details four observations on failures related to corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs), controls, design verification and design validation.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Due Diligence, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: warning letter, Abbott, St. Jude Medical, ICDs, CRT-Ds

IMDRF Offers New Guideline on Adverse Event Reporting By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 April 2017

As a way to improve the accuracy and capture of medical device adverse events, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), a voluntary and global group of device regulators, on Monday published a new final guideline on a harmonized terminology for reporting such events.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, IMDRF, Compliance, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance, Quality

Tags: adverse events for medical devices, IMDRF guideline, GHTF

Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan: Organizational Structure, Functions and Future Challenges By Shahid Hussain, RPh, PharmD - Published 30 March 2017

This article discusses the development of a more effective pharmaceutical regulatory environment in Pakistan through the establishment of a regulatory agency designed to address current good manufacturing practices and quality management systems for drug production to improve the availability, accessibility and affordability of drugs.

Categories: Features, Compliance, Drugs, Quality, Submission and registration

Tags: DRAP, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan

Industry Wants FDA to Hit the Brakes on Quality Metrics Program By Michael Mezher - Published 30 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed quality metrics program is proving to be a bitter pill for the pharmaceutical industry to swallow.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Manufacturing, Quality

Tags: Quality Metrics

Drug Supply Chain Security: New APEC Toolkit to Aid Collaboration By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 March 2017

With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming more global and complex, regulators, industry groups and academics from around the world have developed a new toolkit of resources to increase harmonization across borders to ensure the quality of drugs from manufacture through ingestion.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, APEC, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: pharmaceutical supply chain, good manufacturing practices, good distribution practices, fake drugs

FDA Concurs With WHO on Rare Lymphoma Linked to Breast Implants By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said it now concurs with the World Health Organization’s designation of an association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Categories: News, US, FDA, TGA, WHO, Compliance, Medical Devices, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: breast implants, lymphoma, BIA-ALCL

FDA Offers 2016 Report on Medical Countermeasure Activities By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 March 2017

As part of efforts to protect the US against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved seven new treatments and 21 new devices in FY 2016, according to a program update on medical countermeasure (MCM) activities.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Quality

Tags: medical countermeasures, Ebola, Zika, flu vaccine

EC Unveils Revised Guideline on Pharmaceutical Excipients By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 February 2017

The European Commission on Tuesday opened for public comment a revised guideline concerning the list of excipients, defined as any constituents of a medicinal product other than the active substance and the packaging material, which must be included on the labeling of medicines, as well as the way in which these excipients must be indicated. 

Categories: News, US, EC, EMA, Compliance, Drugs, Quality

Tags: excipients, excipient guideline, European Commission guidance

EU Court of Justice Clarifies Product Liability for Notified Bodies By Michael Mezher - Published 20 February 2017

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week issued its long-awaited judgement on a case that heavily influenced the new revisions of the EU's Medical Device Directives.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: European Court of Justice, TÜV Rheinland, PIP Breast Implants, Notified Bodies

EMA Weighs New Guideline on Quality Requirements for Combination Products By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released for public consultation a new concept paper on developing a guideline on quality requirements of medicinal products containing a device component for delivery or use of the medicinal product.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Combination products, Quality

Tags: combination products, notified bodies, quality requirements

CDRH and CDER Send Warning Letters to Six Asian Companies By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 February 2017

The flurry of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters continued on Tuesday with the release of six new warning letters for pharmaceutical and medical device companies in China, India, Taiwan and Japan.

Categories: News, Asia, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: warning letters, China drug manufacturing, India drug manufacturing

ICH Offers Updates on New Members, Progress on Guidelines By Zachary Brennan - Published 08 February 2017

The International Council on Harmonisation (ICH) has added new observers and members, as well as updates on different guidance documents discussed at its November meeting in Japan, according to meeting minutes released Wednesday.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East, US, ICH, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Drugs, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: ANVISA, BIO, MFDS, CECMED, MCC, S11, GCP, regulatory guidance

Spanish Regulator Suspends Vaccine Company for Quality Violations By Michael Mezher - Published 06 February 2017

The Agencia Española de Medicamentos y Productos Sanitarios (AEMPS) has withdrawn Spanish drugmaker Euro Far Alergi's good manufacturing practice (GMP) certificate over quality issues uncovered during a three-day inspection of the company's Madrid, Spain facility in January.

Categories: News, Europe, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Quality

Italian Medicines Agency Cites Brazilian Drugmaker for GMP Violations By Michael Mezher - Published 31 January 2017

The Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA) has banned the supply of certain drugs made by Antibioticos do Brasil (ABL) following an inspection of the company's San Paulo, Brazil facility in December.

Categories: News, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Drugs, Manufacturing, Quality

Tags: AIFA, Italian Medicines Agency, Antibioticos do Brasil, ABL

FDA Warns Five Medical Device, Three Pharma Companies By Zachary Brennan - Published 31 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released warning letters for five medical device companies and three pharmaceutical firms located in India, China, Canada, Korea, Germany and Italy – further revealing the depth of the agency’s international work.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, FDA, Drugs, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: warning letters

FDA Warns UK Drugmaker for Repeat GMP Violations By Michael Mezher - Published 25 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned UK-government owned Porton Biopharma Limited for repeat good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations at its Salisbury, UK facility.

Categories: News, Europe, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Manufacturing, Quality

Tags: Porton Biopharma, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Erwinaze

FDA Bans Imports of Piston Syringes From Nipro’s Thailand Site By Zachary Brennan - Published 25 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday added Nipro’s Thailand site to a list of companies barred from shipping supplies of medical devices to the US because of a lack of quality.

Categories: News, Asia, US, FDA, Crisis management, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: Nipro, piston syringes, FDA import alert