FDA Inspection Stories

A Bad 483 Could Cost a Company Millions

I spoke to a former VP of quality at the PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference. He said one of his bad 483s probably cost him $5 million. And that’s cheap – that’s just a 483. What about a warning letter? There is an even greater magnitude of reputation damage, impact on new drug approvals, etc. This post describes the full scope and includes articles/case studies.

The Semler Complaint Against the FDA

Semler Research Center Private Limited (Bangalore, India) is suing the FDA for requiring that sponsors repeat BA/BE studies based on the outcome of an FDA inspection that raised concerns about the trustworthiness and correctness of data. The legal complaint was filed January 18, 2018, in the US District Court Central District of California. The firm seeks $50,000,000 damages and a jury [...]

The Most Famous QA/RA Blogger Just Revealed His Identity

I started the QAPharm Blog three years ago as a creative outlet to share my perspective on the pharma industry and the quality assurance profession. I have appreciated my faithful readers from dozens of countries around the world. For years, we’ve been following The QA Pharm Blog. Writen with an equal dose of deep industry expertise, refreshing transparency/voice, and wit, [...]

FDA After the Election—Part 1: Budget

Apart from an occasional reference, FDA is not part of the campaign dialogue leading up to the November 6 nationwide U.S. election. FDA Matters believes this is probably good—any intelligent  discussion of FDA’s future requires a long-term perspective and a mastery of detail and nuance—both of which are in short supply during “sound bite”-oriented politicking.   […]

FDA’s E-Mail Scandal: First Impressions

According to the New York Times, FDA collected more than 75,000 employee e-mails in an effort to identify leaks of confidential trade secret information. At some point, a narrow, possibly legitimate inquiry into a handful of scientists at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) turned into a massive e-mail surveillance of selected individuals and their contacts. […]

Differences Between Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials – A Primer

Given that the size of the pharmaceutical industry at times overshadows the medical device market, it is no surprise that companies that are just getting started in device development sometimes need clarification about the regulatory implications and practical differences between pharma clinical trials and medical device clinical trials. We’ve put together a basic primer to help guide readers through the [...]

Biosimilars and the U.S. Supreme Court: FDA Program Could Be Nullified

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (also known as ObamaCare) no later than early July. One of the possible results is nullification of the entire Act, although FDA Matters thinks this is the least likely outcome. […]