The FDA conducted a total of 18,034 inspections in FY2019, off which 6,434 were inspections of biologics, medical device, or drug companies. Those inspections resulted in the issuance of 15,015 warning letters, a slight increase over 2018. The FDA also increased its import alerts, publishing 98 in 2019. This corresponded with a decrease in injunctions and seizures, showing the FDA’s preference for earlier preventive measures over later involvement.
To illustrate how delivery device development is evolving in practice, we will use the example of respiratory inhalers. This is a well-established treatment modality, with mature technology solutions available, but one where you can envisage a number of future changes enabled by technology.
This the second article in a two-part series on conducting microorganism challenge studies using online water bioburden analyzers (OWBAs) in a laboratory setting. Part 1 discussed two different experimental approaches that have been successfully used for microorganism challenges. This second article explores the six pitfalls to avoid and four best practices to follow during execution of microorganism challenge tests.
This article is the first in a two-part series explaining how to successfully harmonize disparate quality systems when two companies merge. Here in Part 1, we will focus on what not to do when reconciling two quality systems, providing real-life examples — drawn from the author’s experiences — from each phase of QMS harmonization.
As we face our latest pandemic threat, the need to have a well-defined and tested business continuity management plan in place cannot be overemphasized. Beyond state and national preparedness plans, organizations should be actively evaluating their continuity plans, especially when it comes to strategic contract service providers and partners, to ensure there is a reasonable mitigation plan in place.
Fiscal year 2019 was a fascinating year for drug GMP warning letters in the diversity of topics addressed, depth of focus, and trends in enforcement actions. This article presents a comprehensive summary of the drug GMP warning letters issued in FY2019, including an evaluation of trends since FY2013.
While implementing online water bioburden analyzer (OWBA) technology might seem straightforward, several aspects of preparing microbial challenges can easily derail the best intended experimental design.
Our previous review of humorous and horrifying pharmaceutical facilities blunders Pigeons In The Plant: 10 Real-Life Pharma Facility Blunders (And How To Avoid Them) revealed our industry is flawed like any other. Here are some examples from the engineering side of the business.
At the behest of Congress, an inter-agency Drug Shortage Task Force, led by the FDA, recently published the “Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions” report. The very first root causes listed in the report are “economic forces,” indicating their undoubted primacy in the Task Force’s overall assumption as to their influence on drug shortages.
FDA requirements and compendial standards for pharmacy compounding and outsourcing continue to evolve, and the FDA has different requirements for products prepared through pharmacy compounding practices as compared to those manufactured for use in clinical studies.