The FDA issued the first warning letter citing failure to comply with requirements of the November 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) amendments to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act. This warning letter was issued to McKesson Corporation in San Francisco on February 7, 2019.
This article presents a detailed summary of the drug GMP warning letters issued in FY2018, as well as a comparison of trends since fiscal year 2013. A comprehensive GMP intelligence program includes evaluation of health authority enforcement actions, including FDA Forms 483, warning letters, seizures, recalls, and consent decree agreements. This allows manufacturers and sponsors to identify new trends in the focus of FDA inspectors and to act to address or justify similar situations at their own firms.
The FDA recently posted the final guidance Data Integrity and Compliance with Drug CGMP Questions and Answers, finalizing a draft first published in April 2016. This article provides an overview and analysis of the guidance's 18 questions, which span the broad areas of data integrity and data governance.
The globalization of the supply chain has expanded the scope of sites the FDA must routinely inspect from those in the U.S. to facilities worldwide.
Shortcomings in data governance/data integrity and are a prominent feature in drug GMP warning letters over the past three years. FDA inspections also focused on contracted services. Additional areas were the subject of FDA investigator attention in CY2017 but may have been overshadowed by these two. This article explores several of those other areas.
Enforcement of failures in data integrity and data governance began almost 20 years ago and continues to increase in visibility and number of warning letter enforcement actions. While the FDA is not the only health authority that identifies these issues in inspections and enforcement actions, its transparency ensures the data is available.
This article presents the most recent publication of GMP drug product inspection data from the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), which addresses drug inspections conducted in FY2017. It looks at five years of data from the FDA, examines data from 2017, and evaluates five years’ worth of trends in GMP inspection enforcement.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published a revision to its 2015 Data Integrity Guidance, finalizing the draft revision published for consultation in 2016. The revision was a coordinated effort among the GCP, GDP, GLP, GMP, and GPvP inspection groups, reflecting a broad source of input.
The FDA recently published its enforcement statistics for FY2017, a practice it started with the publication of FY2009 data. The metrics provide a high-level overview of enforcement actions including injunctions, seizures, warning letters, and recalls conducted by all FDA centers. This article will look at the data from the enforcement metrics in two ways.
FY2017 saw another year of increase in the number of drug GMP warning letters issued by the FDA, though not as dramatic a difference as between FY2015 and FY2016. This article presents a detailed summary of those warning letters, as well as a comparison of trends since fiscal year 2013.