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The Quality Lowdown: A Week Of International Intrigue

ICH quality agenda, US FDA NDC code limits and fake API identity papers

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Or perhaps it's been a week of intriguing international events in global drug quality, as an international group works to ratchet up global standards, regulators aim to ease the coming UK/EU divorce and the US and China play their hands in a tariff poker match. Meanwhile, US FDA looks to avert labeler code crisis, Quebec API firm comes clean about missing identity testing, and US firm recalls drug product based on FDA’s API supplier inspection findings.

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Pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors complain that FDA’s plan to add digits to the NDC would be a mistake and could potentially conflict with global standards as well as the bar code technology systems put into place under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. They suggest embedding the NDC into the GS1 Global Trade Identification number (GTIN) to avoid these conflicts.

The Quality Lowdown: The More Things Change …

US FDA inspection offers hints that Zhejiang Huahai’s genotoxic valsartan impurity could have been caught earlier, while EMA expands its quality review to other sartans that contain the same trouble-prone tetrazole ring. A micro lab will have to jettison its microbrewery, and compounding supplier Fagron must ID its API sources.

The Quality Lowdown: The More Things Change …

US FDA inspection offers hints that Zhejiang Huahai’s genotoxic valsartan impurity could have been caught earlier, while EMA expands its quality review to other sartans that contain the same trouble-prone tetrazole ring. A micro lab will have to jettison its microbrewery, and compounding supplier Fagron must ID its API sources.

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