Here’s our monthly summary of product recalls, import alerts, consent decrees, and corporate integrity agreements. A busy month! Continue reading
by Barbara Unger, GMP Quality Expert, and GMP Regulatory Intelligence Editor-in-Chief
The EMA published their Annual Report for 2016 in May 2017, and it provides highlights of their work in partnership with the national health authorities. Christa Wirthumer-Hoche, chair of the EMA Management Board, provides the Forward to the report, and Guido Rasi, the EMA Executive Director, provides the Introduction. The report identifies important activities in 2016 and how they advance public health. It also holds a collection of graphics from a variety of areas including human and veterinary medicines, the European regulatory network, and inspections/compliance. The report also identifies 22 Annexes that may be found on the Agency’s website but are not included in the report.
Just a quick update – the FDAzilla Enforcement Analytics database was updated with data through April 25, 2017. We typically refresh the inspections data every 3 weeks or so, pair new warning letters with inspections every week, and add new 483s, EIRs, and 483 response letters every month.
As of now, our database has:
- 703,956 FDA inspections
- 194,757 manufacturing sites
- 5,668 FDA investigators
- 10,872 Inspection Documents
And the best part is that it’s all linked together.
The FDA has been writing up companies on data integrity since the year 2000. Even after all the horror stories, and even after billions of dollars of market cap have been erased from it, here we are in 2017, still talking about it.
Here is some troubling text from recent Warning Letters that cite data integrity:
“…our investigator observed your warehouse supervisor tearing out pages from your firm’s annual report and placing the pages into his pocket.”
MHRA Identified GMP Inspection Deficiencies, 2016
by Barbara Unger, GMP Quality Expert and GMP Regulatory Intelligence Editor-in-Chief
The MHRA published a large slide deck that addressed GMP deficiencies identified during inspections in 2016. They published a slide deck of similar information for 2015 a few months ago. In this blog, we look at some of the similarities and differences between the two years. The data only represent deficiencies noted for dosage forms and do not include those identified at inspections of API manufacturers. We previously compared the FDA inspection observations for 2016 with the 2015 MHRA Deficiencies.
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
We took a snapshot of the 10 warning letters the FDA sent to pharmaceutical companies last month. Drug manufacturing violations ranged from products not meeting “the definition and standard for chocolate” to sites “refusing to permit the FDA inspection” altogether.
From pharmaceuticals in Italy, Pennsylvania, and more, here they are (starting with the most recent):