Category Archives: biopharma

Why is No One Talking About This? 2016 was the Year the FDA Exploded on China

New data synthesized by FDAzilla has revealed several dramatic shifts with FDA inspection and enforcement activity.

The FDA issued 15 pharma GMP-related warning letters to manufacturing sites in China in 2016 – a 5-fold increase from years prior. China averaged 2.7 Warning Letters per year from 2013 to 2015.  This explosion was led mostly by infamous FDA investigator, Peter Baker, who performed 17 inspections in China in 2016, leading to 13 FDA Form 483s and 4 Warning Letters. Continue reading

What Does Getting an 483 or Warning Letter Really Cost You?

“Forget about actual warning letters. The cost of us receiving a moderately bad 483 is roughly $250,000.”

I heard this from a reputable Head of Manufacturing of one of the largest biopharma companies in the world.  While most pharma and med device companies seems to learn quickly from everyone else’s mistakes, companies still occasionally get a “moderately bad” 483.  And then what happens after that? Continue reading

Data Integrity cGMP FDA draft guidance

FDA Draft Guidance on Data Integrity and Compliance With CGMP

by Barbara Unger, GMP Quality Expert and GMP Regulatory Intelligence Editor-in-Chief

 

The FR announced availability of the long awaited 10-page FDA draft Guidance on Data Integrity and Compliance with CGMP for comment.  I include links to the MHRA guidance HERE and the draft WHO guidance HERE for comparison.  The guidance is structured in a Q&A format with a total of 18 questions.  This guidance focuses heavily on identifying and citing the predicate rules as they apply to electronic records and data integrity, and for this it is an excellent reference.  In my opinion, though, the excessive citation of regulations detracts from the content and provides little insight into FDA’s intent and actual expectations in this area.

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PRESS RELEASE: New Data Provides FDA-Regulated Industries Unprecedented Insights Into FDA Inspection Trends and Enforcement Actions

CHICAGO, IL – May 14, 2015

FDA Inspections at a glanceToday, FDAzilla unveiled Enforcement Analytics, a ground-breaking data analytics tool that gives industry greater insights into FDA enforcement actions and inspection activity.  For the first time in the industry, data on FDA inspections, FDA inspectors, Form 483s, manufacturing sites regulated by the FDA, and FDA warning letters are all linked together, creating huge potential for industry insight.

“Smart data has arrived onto FDA inspections.  We are proud to unveil Enforcement Analytics today, a much-needed innovation in the regulatory space for the thousands of professionals who work on keeping their manufacturing processes up to snuff for the FDA,” said Tony Chen, co-founder and CEO of FDAzilla. Continue reading

We Learned 5 Things from 2014 FDA and EU GMP Drug Enforcement Actions

2014 proved to be another busy year for the FDA.  We asked Barbara Unger, President of Unger Consulting and Editor-in-Chief of GMP Regulatory Intelligence, to summarize her key take-aways from the enforcement actions of the FDA and EU in 2014. Here’s Barbara: Continue reading

4 Trends About GMP Inspection Readiness and FDA Data Intelligence

I hope you read our recent post about the backstory of our company, FDAzilla. We’ve come a long way in 5 years. As we plan for the next 5 years, we’ve been preparing for our annual executive team meeting in April.  As such, our team researches and synthesizes the most important trends to which we must respond and adapt. Continue reading

3 Questions with Barbara Unger

Yesterday was Part I. Today, we get to hear a little more from Barb on her background.Barbara Unger

What publicly available information do you depend on for your job? How do you use that information?

I focus primarily on the US, EU, ICH and PIC/S. For laws, regulations and guidance the regulator specific websites publish information quickly. The ICH and PIC/S websites also publish their guidance in an organized way. Compliance actions taken by FDA and EMA are also published. I also read publications in the major newspapers and several blogs. Sometimes the best information can come from an unanticipated source. Continue reading

What FDA enforcement trends do you see in your industry?

Barbara UngerThis week, I got a chance to ask our new editor-in-chief of GMP Regulatory Intelligence a few questions. Her responses were so thorough and insightful that we decided to publish her responses in as a series. Today is part I, where we asked her: “What FDA enforcement trends do you see in your industry?” Continue reading

New FDA 483 Subscription Service Available

Get all the 483s you need. FDAzilla now offers an FDA 483s SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE where you can access all of our 483s any time you want throughout the calendar year. We have one of the most comprehensive libraries of 483s, with 3,500+ 483s that is updated quarterly (We anticipate bringing in at least 1,000 more in the next 12 months).

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FDAzilla mentioned on front-page WSJ story

 

FDAzilla was mentioned in a front-page story today in the Wall Street Journal.  The article mirrors a key theme that we’ve talked about here – that the investment community is becoming more and more interested in FDA 483s, FDA inspections, and other government data.

Current and potential investors of your company may actually be reading your FDA 483.

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3 FDA 483 Stories in the Last 3 Weeks – Gilead, Alexion, and Novartis

Now I know why we’ve been getting more calls/emails from financial institutions and hedge funds inquiring about FDA 483s – more and more investors are being introduced to the term during investor calls. While technical in nature, digging through a company’s history of 483s – especially when compared to competitor company’s profiles – can uncover potential vulnerabilities in their manufacturing systems. Continue reading