The European Commission is about to adopt an amendment to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with Switzerland. The amendment would cover the mutual recognition of GMP inspections in third countries as well as products manufactured outside Switzerland.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has finalized a guidance that covers process validation including process characterization and process verification in the manufacture of biotechnology-derived active substances. This document provides guidance on the data to be included in a regulatory submission to demonstrate that the manufacturing process is in a validated state.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has removed pyrazinamide and sulfadoxine, two APIs of the Indian pharma manufacturer Anuh Pharma Ltd, from the WHO list of prequalified APIs.
Another Indian drug maker received a warning letter issued by the US FDA. Once more the hot topic is data integrity – a common feature nowadays.
Data manipulation and data integrity issues are topics that constantly appear in the press. In recent years, cGMP violations involving data integrity have been increasingly observed, especially in China and India. This is troubling because ensuring data integrity is an important component of industry’s responsibility to ensure the safety, efficacy and quality of drugs. Following the MHRA and the WHO, that have both released draft documents on this subject in 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now published a Draft Guidance on Data Integrity and Compliance with cGMP, as well.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a second biosimilar, Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb), biosimilar to Janssen Biotech’s arthritis treatment Remicade (infliximab). Inflectra, coming from Celltrion and Pfizer, is a monocional antibody biosimilar. The European Medicines Agency already approved Celltrion’s Remicade biosimilar in 2013. Other countries that already gave their approval are Canada, Japan and Korea.
Following the three final guidances on quality considerations, scientific considerations and Q&As about biosimilars, the FDA has now released a 15-page draft guidance for industry on Labeling for Biosimilar Products. The guidance provides an overview of FDA’s recommendations for biosimilar product labeling and is intended to assist industry in developing draft labeling for submission in proposed biosimilar product applications.
On 9 March 2016, a meeting of the EU-China Working Group on Pharmaceuticals was held in Beijing. A delegation of the CFDA met with Andrzej Rys, Director of DG Sante of the European Commission and Guido Rasi, Executive Director of the EMA (European Medicines Agency).
The Central Drug Standard Control Organization CDSCO of India has published a new Guideline on Similar Biologic. The 58-pages document will replace the previous guidance issued in 2012. The new version is now open for discussion until April 30, 2016.
During its 154th Session, the Ph. Eur. Commission adopted a revision of its monograph for Water for Injections (0169). Up to now, the production of Water for Injections (WFI) had been limited to distillation only.
The revised Annex 1 on sterile and aseptic production of the EU GMP Guide is expected to appear this autumn. The draft will be discussed soon in the EMA IWG and the PIC/S. Afterwards it will proceed as an approved draft to public consultation. The document will be completely revised without being restricted to isolated improvements.
The European Pharmacopoeia envisages the production of water for injections (WFI) in Europe as well with the aid of reverse osmosis. Susanne Keitel, EDQM, reported in Frankfurt that the decision is expected to be made this week.
According to Andrew Hopkins, MHRA, the new ISO 14644:2015 will be given a 12-month period for implementation. This was explained during the introduction of the contents of the new Annex 1 at a conference in in Frankfurt.