Pharmacy Compounding in the News Again – Difficult to Compound List – A Long Time Coming

Looks like FDA is nearing the end of the daunting task of developing and (soon hopefully) publishing a “Difficult to Compound List” that has been in the works for nearly 17 years. At a meeting on July 13 and 14, 2000, an advisory committee on compounding (specifically, the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee [PCAC]) provided FDA advice about the Agency’s efforts to develop a list of drugs that present demonstrable difficulties for compounding under section 503A of the FD&C Act (version in effect in 2000).  

Pharmacy Compounding in The News Again

Congress has introduced the Compounded Drug Access Bill, H.R. 2871.  This blog article only addresses the first four sections of H.R. 2871, “Preserving Patient Access to Compounded Medications Act of 2017”.

Here we go again with another introduced bill for pharmacy compounding. This six-page bills title (above) purports to “preserve” patients’ access to compounded drugs and alludes that the current Act Drug Safety and Security Act of 2014 (DQSA) may deny patient access to compounded drugs.

FDA 2017 List of 101 Guidances – How Many Apply to Compounding Pharmacies and Are You Current and in Compliance???

For 503A and 503B compounding pharmacies, how do you protect your business from heavy-handed interventions from State and Federal Regulators? Can you affirmatively respond to the following questions?

  • Do you know the Federal and State laws you are required to follow?
  • Do you have the right enabling documentation (procedures, policies,

Good News/Not So Good News II? Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by State-Licensed Nuclear Pharmacies and Federal Facilities

FDA issued the draft Guidance “Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by State-Licensed Nuclear Pharmacies and Federal Facilities” (here) in late December 2016.

FDA reminds us that, under current law, radiopharmaceuticals that are compounded by entities that are not registered with FDA as outsourcing facilities (503B), and radiopharmaceuticals that are repackaged are subject to all applicable provisions for the production of drugs under the FD&C Act.

Good News/Not So Good News? Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals

FDA issued two new Guidance for Industry Documents late in 2016: (1) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by State-Licensed Nuclear Pharmacies and Federal Facilities (here) and (2) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by Outsourcing Facilities (here).  These represent the 25th and 26th  draft and/or final Guidances issued by FDA relating to pharmacy compounding.  

FDA Issues Three New Guidances for Compounding Pharmacies on December 28, 2016

FDA issued three new Guidance for Industry Documents late in 2016: (1) Prescription Requirement Under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (here) ; (2) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by State-Licensed Nuclear Pharmacies and Federal Facilities (here); and (3) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by Outsourcing facilities (here).

Heads Up, Compounders!

In early August 2016, FDA issued a Guidance document for “Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities” that states that under Section 501(a)(2)(A) of the FD&C Act that any drug prepared under insanitary conditions is adulterated.  This document defines a drug as any compounded human or animal drugs; repackaged drug products; compounded or repackaged radiopharmaceuticals; and mixed,

How Deep is FDA Diving in GMP Compliance for Compounding Pharmacies? Just Watch the Recalls and Warning Letters!

With Warning Letters (WLs) and significant FDA 483 observations continuing to confront the compounding pharmacy space, FDA is entering into rounds two and three of inspections to determine if corrective actions have been adequately and timely completed and if the compounding pharmacies understand compliance in this space

FDA Is Diving Deeper in GMP Compliance for Compounding Pharmacies – A Follow-up

FDA Is Diving Deeper in GMP Compliance for Compounding Pharmacies – A Follow-up

Warning Letters and significant FDA 483 observations continue to confront the compounding pharmacy space. (See previous post here: http://www.lachmanconsultants.com/2015/08/compounding-pharmacies-is-anyone-in-compliance.) With over 40% of compounders inspected receiving Warning Letters and nearly 100% receiving critical observations, can this industry respond effectively and meet FDA expectations?

Compounding Pharmacies – Is Anyone in Compliance???

Imagine an industry where approximately 40% of firms inspected receive Warning Letters and nearly 100% receive substantial FDA Form 483 observations. Publically available information indicates that the FDA has issued 19 Warning Letters to compounding Pharmacies just in 2015 and 41 and counting to date in the last two and a half years.  There have been numerous recalls due to lack of sterility assurance,