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Aarti says US FDA has not detailed GMP problems that earned it an import ban

27-Mar-2015 - Aarti Drugs says the US FDA has not provided details of observations that earned its E-22 facility in Tarapur, India an import ban.

‘Game changer’: latest GDP rules spell full traceability for APIs

26-Mar-2015 - Makers and distributors of APIs (active pharmaceutical ingredients) will have to track their products throughout the supply chain and meet rules on cold chain transport and outsourcing under revised guidance from the European Commission.

GMP for excipients: new EU rules on raw materials, packaging, tracking

25-Mar-2015 - The European Commission has published guidelines on GMP excipients after a two-year consultation.

FDA plans new approach to manufacturer inspections in India

24-Mar-2015 - Several FDA officials are currently visiting India and meeting with manufacturer CEOs and government officials to discuss the way the agency’s inspections are expected to change over time.

WHO calls for proactive strategies to combat falsified, substandard medicines

23-Mar-2015 - The WHO’s latest report on substandard/spurious/falsely-labelled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products has the organization divvying up certain responsibilities for controlling the fraudulent products between countries.

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Message is clear: Europe is in trouble in terms of pharma growth, experts say

17-Mar-2015 - The European pharma market isn’t likely to deliver much growth over the next five years as generic markets commoditize, IMS Health VP Graham Lewis warned participants at the DCAT (Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies) conference on Monday.

NSF publishes first US standard for pharmaceutical excipients

17-Mar-2015 - NSF International has published a new standard and developed an auditing program that can help pharma companies verify regulatory compliance and strengthen safety and quality across their excipient supply chain.

Endotoxin and microbial testing to become portable

16-Mar-2015 - Bacterial testing is moving from the lab to the manufacturing floor, says an expert at CRO Charles River.

FDA wins Ranbaxy ANDA approval suit as judge raises ‘grave concerns’ over FDA actions

13-Mar-2015 - Despite slamming the US FDA for tentatively approving two Ranbaxy ANDAs (abbreviated new drug applications) for the first Nexium and Valcyte generics, US District Judge Beryl Howell said last week the agency can revoke the approvals because of manufacturing concerns.

Speciality Compounding banned after contaminated shots cause blood infections

12-Mar-2015 - Speciality Compounding has been ordered to cease production by the US Courts after tests confirmed injectable drugs made at its facility in Texas were contaminated by bacteria. 

Novacyl’s acetyl salicylic acid plant in Thailand hit with FDA warning letter

11-Mar-2015 - For the second time this year, the FDA has issued a warning letter to API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) and intermediate manufacturer Novacyl and this time it’s for the company’s manufacturing site in Thailand.

J&J pleads guilty, pays $25m over manufacturing adulterated infants’, children’s OTC medicines

10-Mar-2015 - J&J unit McNeil-PPC has admitted breaking US law by selling contaminated liquid medications, including Infants’ Tylenol and Children’s Motrin, deemed adulterated under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

Slew of recalls, Form 483 shake Hospira

09-Mar-2015 - Quality troubles for Hospira continue as the company announced on Friday recalls of two injections, in addition to the recall of two infusion pumps, as well as a Form 483 for an Indian manufacturing site.

Health Canada looks to crack down further on noncompliant manufacturers

04-Mar-2015 - Health Canada is telling drug and API manufacturers that it’s going to ramp up announced and unannounced inspections due to concerns raised around APIs and data integrity, and the findings will be published online beginning next month.

SEC calls on pharma companies to be more forthcoming with FDA disclosures

04-Mar-2015 - The SEC’s enforcement director is calling out pharma companies for failing to disclose and misinforming investors about correspondence with the US FDA.  

Med Prep execs accused of lying about sterility practices at compounding facility

02-Mar-2015 - Med Prep Consulting execs committed fraud and violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) according to the US DoJ, which has accused the New Jersey compounder of knowingly selling drugs produced in unsanitary conditions.


Novartis ordered to halt drug production in Japan for 15 days

27-Feb-2015 - Novartis’s Japanese unit has been ordered to temporarily halt production of drugs by Japan’s health Ministry as punishment for delayed reporting of side effects.

Sagent shifts production in-house after US FDA concerns about CMO Emcure

25-Feb-2015 - Problems at Emcure Pharmaceutical have prompted US customer Sagent Pharmaceuticals to recall two lots of a muscle relaxant made by the CMO and take production in-house.

EMA calls for industry involvement in applying new ISO standards to drugs

23-Feb-2015 - The EMA wants help applying new ID and information standards to medicines sold in Europe and has asked drugmakers to join its implementation taskforce.

Drug delivery tech’s shares skyrocket as it helps Novo Nordisk clear Phase II hurdle

23-Feb-2015 - A potential Type 2 diabetes drug from Novo Nordisk has met the primary endpoint of a Phase II trial and shares of Emisphere Technology, which helped to formulate the oral version of semaglutide, jumped by as much as 70% on Friday.

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