Laboratory Instrument Calibration – Are You Covered?

It is paramount that a Quality Control laboratory has a calibration and preventative maintenance program for the laboratory instrumentation so that there is assurance that the instrumentation continues to be “fit for purpose” and that there is confidence in the accuracy and reliability of all analytical instruments.  There should be a controlled, comprehensive list of the instrumentation within the laboratory,

More is Not Always Better – Extra Testing

When it comes to ice cream and desserts, I must admit the more the better in my opinion.  The same, however, doesn’t hold true for laboratory testing and the resultant data.  All testing performed and data generated must be accountable to ensure the integrity of the data.  Performing extra testing, even if with all good intentions,

Child-Resistant Packaging – The FDA Outlines What and How to Label Products

In a Federal Register announcement today (here), the FDA announced the availability of a final guidance entitled Child-Resistant Packaging Statements in Drug Product Labeling.  The guidance provides information on the type of statement that may be made on child-resistant packaging for drug products.

As a reminder, the FDA has not regulated child-resistant packaging since 1973,

Urgent Drug Listing Issue – Check Your Product Status!!!!

Take action now to assure that your facility information, drug listing information, and manufacturing sites are correct and that no changes have been made to any of these items or others that are listed in the FR notice  due to publish on Wednesday (pre-publication notice here).

The Notice indicates registrant’s responsibilities as follows:

Each registrant must list all drugs it manufactures for commercial distribution within 3 days of initial registration (21 CFR 207.45).  

KASA to Support Generic Drug Review – A Contract Pharma Featured Article

Contract Pharma published an article in April addressing the need for a modernized version of “our generic drug review process.” FDA anticipates a data-based assessment will “improve consistency, transparency, communication, and objectivity of regulatory actions as well as knowledge management within the Agency.” Knowledge-aided Assessment & Structured Application (KASA) is in support of the Generic [...]
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FDA Announces MDUFA and Outsourcing User Fee Rates for FY 2020 – All Fees Higher

In two separate Federal Register notices (here for medical devices and here for outsourcing facilities), the FDA announced the user fee amounts for FY 2020.  The FDA notes that the fees are effective on October 1, 2019 (the beginning of the 2020 FY) through September 30, 2020.

The medical device fees are provided in the charts below,

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ICH Q12 – Ready or Not, Here it Comes!

California Separation Sciences Society (CaSSS) holds a two-day, highly interactive meeting with attendance from the biotechnology industry and global regulators each summer in the Washington, DC area (i.e., the CMC Strategy Forum).  This year the title of the forum was “The Future of Post-Approval Changes is Coming – Are You Ready for ICH Q12?” and it focused on the draft International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Q12 guideline (here) which addresses the technical and regulatory aspects of reporting post-approval changes to the regulatory bodies. 

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Postmarketing Study Reveals Higher Risk of Blood Clots and Death – FDA Approves Boxed Warning

Like many drugs that undergo clinical trials (even larger trials), rare adverse events may not become apparent until well after the drug is in wider use after approval.  In addition, as a condition of approval, the FDA often requires a post-approval commitment to further study the drug.  Such is the case as described in the updated Safety Communication released today by the Agency as FDA announced it approved “a Boxed Warning about increased risk of blood clots and death with higher dose of arthritis and ulcerative colitis medicine tofacitinib (Xeljanz,