Compliance

24
Nov

Price Saving’s Short-Sighted Action by HHS – Unapproved Drug Initiative – Cancelled!

I marveled at the short sightedness of the Administration’s position to withdrawal the unapproved drug initiative to save the consumer money. Yes, there have been price increases when a firm has taken a previously unapproved drug product through the FDA approval system and the FDA forces the unapproved versions off the market.  Firms need to […]

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23
Nov

Lachman Consultants Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving

At first blush, it does not seem like we have that much to be thankful for in 2020, between the pandemic, polarized political views, a contentious election, worry about loved ones, quarantine and stay at home orders, restaurants closing and opening, only outside eating, and hospitals jammed packed and people dying, jobs disappearing and Federal […]

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12
Nov

Mission Critical Inspections, What About Me?  What’s a Body to Do?

Two prominent senators recently sent a letter to the Commissioner of the FDA on November 10, 2020, requesting him to provide certain information regarding the current state of conducting international inspections.  Many of those within and supportive of the pharmaceutical industry applaud the efforts of these senators in shining a light on some elements associated […]

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11
Nov

Congress Finds Interest in Foreign Inspection Postponements Due to the Pandemic

In March 2020, the FDA postponed all inspections of domestic and foreign drug manufacturing facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, drug products manufactured overseas are still entering the U.S. market, prompting some U.S. Senators to voice their concern.  On November 10th, two members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee sent […]

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09
Nov

Scott Deckenbach to Participate in Virtual Panel Discussion on the “New Normal” for Quality Practices During Pandemic

On November 11, 2020, Lachman’s Scott Deckebach MBA, Director, Compliance, Lachman Consultants will be participating in a panel discussion during the 2020 Bio/Pharma Virtual Congress, “‘New Normal’ for Quality Practices”. This discussion will review quality and regulatory challenges amid the pandemic, focusing on new technologies such as remote monitoring, risk-based quality management, Annex 1 changes […]

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04
Nov
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Is FDA Finally Ready to Use Advanced Technology to Perform Inspections During the Pandemic?

According to the Pink Sheet, Brian Hasselbalch, in CDER’s Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, stated, at an IPAC-RS roundtable on November 2, 2020, that the FDA was developing guidance on virtual drug GMP inspections using interactive video or other types of interactive tools and techniques.  He noted that many companies have volunteered use of these types […]

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29
Oct

Along with Witches, Time Flies By

How long has it taken for a Final Standard Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for States regarding Compounding Pharmacies to be issued?  Are States or appropriate agencies (referred to as States below) ready to sign, acquire infrastructure, hire the necessary human resources, develop the enabling documentation, execute the requirements of the provisions, create the necessary records, […]

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22
Oct
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Understanding Risk as It Applies to Data Integrity

The PDA published Technical Report 84, Introducing Data Integrity Requirements into Manufacturing and Packaging Operations (here), which reaffirms that Data Integrity is not only a concern for the laboratory but for any aspect of the pharmaceutical industry where data/records are generated and handled.  There are excellent tools within the document as it applies to the […]

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19
Oct

FDA/DOJ Gets Tough on Illegal Dietary Ingredient DMAA

Two executives of a dietary ingredient company were sentenced to sixty months and twenty-four months in prison, respectively, for their part in the distribution of two products, Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, touted as workout weight-loss supplements, both containing DMAA, according to a Department of Justice release (here).  The FDA had warned consumers about the dangers […]

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