Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Major shift ahead in how FDA regulates drug quality: PwC

FDA Drug Quality Report - Major shift ahead in how FDA regulates drug quality: PwC:

"Parts of the pharmaceutical industry continue to struggle with drug quality. A major shift in the way the FDA oversees drug quality could pose new challenges for companies with inadequate control over their manufacturing facilities and supply chains."

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Major shift ahead in how FDA regulates drug quality (PDF)

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An Update on the Nomination of FDA Commissioner Robert Califf - Policy and Medicine

Read the full report: An Update on the Nomination of FDA Commissioner Robert Califf - Policy and Medicine:

"An increasing number of senators are threatening to block Dr. Robert Califf's nomination to be the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The story illustrates an unusual coalition of right and left-leaning members of the Senate, and common refrains about "industry ties" in government and medicine. Ultimately, arcane Senate rules allow the entire process to be stalled by these individual members of the body."

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

FDA To Inspect Facilities Using Novel Sterilization Methods

The FDA has released this guidance document:

Submission and Review of Sterility Information in Premarket Notification (510(k)) Submissions for Devices Labeled as Sterile - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff
"We believe that novel sterilization technologies carry a substantial risk of inadequate sterility assurance if not conducted properly. Consequently, compliance with GMP for devices sterilized using these technologies should be closely evaluated. Failure to assure sterility presents a serious risk to human health because of the risk of infection. Therefore, we intend to inspect the manufacturing facility before clearing a 510(k) for a device that is sterilized by a novel sterilization process. Inspecting the manufacturing facility for devices sterilized using these sterilization technologies will help ensure the safety and effectiveness of these devices and mitigate the risks to human health."
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Saturday, January 16, 2016

FDA outlines cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers

Read the full article:  Press Announcements > FDA outlines cybersecurity recommendations for medical device manufacturers - FDA.gov:

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a draft guidance outlining important steps medical device manufacturers should take to continually address cybersecurity risks to keep patients safe and better protect the public health. The draft guidance details the agency’s recommendations for monitoring, identifying and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices once they have entered the market. The draft guidance is part of the FDA’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, at all stages in their lifecycle, in the face of potential cyber threats."

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Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices (PDF)

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

FDA - Proposed 2016 Guidance Development & Focused Retrospective Review of Final Guidance

According to the FDA:

" . . .guidance documents that CDRH intends to publish this fiscal year (FY2016), as well as previously-issued final guidances for which CDRH is interested in receiving external feedback regarding whether these final guidances should be revised or withdrawn. We have provided three lists: (1) a list of guidance documents that the Agency fully intends to publish (the “A-list”); (2) a list of guidance documents that the Agency intends to publish as resources permit (the “B-list”); and (3) a list of final guidance documents that issued in 2006, 1996, 1986, and 1976 subject to focused retrospective review."

Go to this FDA webpage:
CDRH Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016) Proposed Guidance Development and Focused Retrospective Review of Final Guidance


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Saturday, January 2, 2016

F.D.A. Regulator, Widowed by Cancer, Helps Speed Drug Approval - The New York Times

Read the full article: F.D.A. Regulator, Widowed by Cancer, Helps Speed Drug Approval - The New York Times:

"In her struggle with cancer and ultimately her death in November, Ms. Pazdur had a part, her husband and a number of cancer specialists now say, in a profound change at the F.D.A.: a speeding up of the drug approval process. Ms. Pazdur’s three-year battle with cancer was a factor, they say, in Dr. Pazdur’s willingness to swiftly approve risky new treatments and a passion to fight the disease that patient advocates thought he lacked."

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Robert Califf, F.D.A. Nominee, Queried on Industry Ties - The New York Times

Read the full report:  Robert Califf, F.D.A. Nominee, Queried on Industry Ties - The New York Times:

"President Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Robert M. Califf, coasted through a confirmation hearing on Tuesday, with most members of a Senate committee — including some who have been skeptical about his ties to the pharmaceutical industry — seeming set to support his candidacy."

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Justice Department and Federal Partners Announce Enforcement Actions of Dietary Supplement Cases | OPA | Department of Justice

Read the full press release: Justice Department and Federal Partners Announce Enforcement Actions of Dietary Supplement Cases | OPA | Department of Justice:

"Criminal Charges Brought against Bestselling Supplement Manufacturer

As part of a nationwide sweep, the Department of Justice and its federal partners have pursued civil and criminal cases against more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements.  The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide.  In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence.

Among the cases announced today is a criminal case charging USPlabs LLC and several of its corporate officers.  USPlabs was known for its widely popular workout and weight loss supplements, which it sold under names such as Jack3d and OxyElite Pro."

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Free GMP Training Tips - A Focus On Class Times & More

For optimal throughput, choose class schedules & format wisely.

Coordinate training schedules for maximum gain

Give some thought on how to minimize the impact on production and other critical daily work responsibilities. Unless your production lines are down, you'll want to make sure production quality doesn't suffer. For some, even though they're in class, their minds are elsewhere (distracted by what's waiting for them back at their desks). Try to limit putting extra demands & stress on staff (for example, a stressor such as asking staff to attend class before/after their normal work shift, especially if they work 3rd shift). Here are a few ideas:
  • Split it.  If the course is 8 hours long, split the classroom time in half, and conduct the class over a 2 day period.
  • Deliver training at some time other than regular shift hours (this might be obvious). And be sure to consider offering training on the weekend.

Choose the best format & venue

  • Chunk training into digestible sessions. It's important to create an effective learning experience. For content heavy topics or workshop courses, it might make sense to split it up to avoid full day training overload, and give a little time for homework or just a breather to let it all sink in. 
  • Sometimes you have no choice but to get very larger numbers of employees through training as fast as possible. One possibility is to use a large venue (for example, an auditorium or conference facility) to meet your training goals & objectives, and achieve the necessary training throughput.

Get a trainer that teaches at your desired times

The right training vendor will do their best to accommodate your unique site and staffing situation to deliver training courses at the times that work best for you. For example, explore having the trainer teach a class during 3rd shift or on the weekend.

Do these tips touch on your situation, and you need GMP training?

If you said yes:
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Root Cause Analysis For Better Deviation Investigations - Our Most Popular cGMP Training Workshop

A GMP Training Workshop - Root Cause Analysis For Better Deviation Investigations

Still true after so many years . . . One of the top reasons for a company to receive a 483 is a deficiency in the deviation investigation process.

In our onsite hands-on workshop, employees learn the most effective tools to determine the real root cause of the problem. Attendees use actual plant deviations to practice the use of the tools.

Allan Dewes (principal trainer - SkillsPlus International Inc.) has taught this course all over the world with exceptional results.

This workshop is typically paired with another workshop for the best training results:
Writing Deviation Investigation Reports - A SkillsPlus Intl Inc. cGMP training workshop

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

FDA Law Blog: Do You Really Want to Be An Executive In An FDA-Regulated Company?

Read the full article: FDA Law Blog: Do You Really Want to Be An Executive In An FDA-Regulated Company?:

"Appropriate to the forum, he focused on the industries regulated by FDA.  The emphasis he gave to the requirements for settling civil and criminal cases brought against organizations gives sharp focus to the problem of doing business when governed by a law that operates with a malum prohibitum standard of liability, a law that permits findings of criminal guilt without proof of intent or guilty knowledge."

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GMP Training Tips For Modern Learners

cGMP Training - Free Tips For Training Modern Learners

GMP trainers need to be ready for the students of today.

Here are a few training strategy tips for teaching "modern learners."

  • They've got so much to do, they're pulled in many directions, and they can't pay attention to you - TIP:  Craft topics & course titles that are truly useful and valuable to these students. Design courses that are shorter, concise, and to the point. 
  • They're glued to their devices, constantly pinged & pinging - TIP: Grab and keep their attention through interaction and activities.
  • They absorb information quickly - TIP: Try to share information visually and graphically for better recall.

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  1. established track record (working with myriad pharma-biotech clients)
  2. subject matter expertise (cGMPs, QSR, and more)
  3. mastery of the classroom and students

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Plan Now For 2016 - Choose SkillsPlus Intl Inc QSR & GMP Training

2016 is coming - Choose SkillsPlus International Inc. cGMP training & QSR training now!

Book early to reserve your preferred dates.

Select our most popular courses (always customized for you):
  • GMP/QSR Essentials
  • Root Cause Analysis for Better Investigations
  • Writing Deviation Investigation Reports
  • Advanced Deviation Investigation Facilitation
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  • Understanding Human Errors
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

GMP Training | Live - Onsite - In-Person by ...

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cGMP Training | Live - Onsite - In-Person by Allan Dewes, SkillsPlus International Inc.

Explore SkillsPlus Intl Inc. onsite courses that master trainer, Allan Dewes, can teach in-plant, at your site. We always tailor our courses to suit your site's learning needs and environment.

SkillsPlus GMP training is engaging, energetic, and enlightening.

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FDA will destroy banned imported drugs - Modern Healthcare

Read the full article: FDA will destroy banned imported drugs - Modern Healthcare Modern Healthcare business news, research, data and events:

"Federal regulators will begin destroying some medications that can't be imported into the U.S.​ because of quality concerns.

Beginning Oct. 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will destroy a drug that wasn't allowed into the U.S. because it's been found to have been “adulterated, misbranded or unapproved” and in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The policy covers a drug if the value of a single dose is $2,500 or less. "

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

WHO Training Guide To GMPs - FREE

This is a wonderful free resource for those involved in or responsible for delivering GMP training or classroom sessions. The World Health Organization (WHO) published this guide, so that it could "help both trainers and supervisors solve some of the problems they face involving training, such as how to make the training interesting to adult learners or how to effectively use a variety of instructional methods."

A WHO Guide To Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Requirements, Part 3: Training (PDF), is organized by the following major chapters:
  1. Introduction and purpose of this guide
  2. The importance of training
  3. Types of training and content areas
  4. Developing and implementing training
  5. Assessment and evaluation
  6. Administrating a training programme
  7. Questionnaire
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Friday, September 18, 2015

The Fake Drug Industry Is Exploding, and We Can’t Do Anything About It - Newsweek

Read this enlightening article: The Fake Drug Industry Is Exploding, and We Can’t Do Anything About It - Newsweek:

. . ."many experts believe that the problem is on the rise and that more criminals are turning to pharmaceuticals for a simple reason: low risk and high reward. “The penalties are relatively weak for trading in falsified pharmaceuticals compared to those for trade in narcotics and human trafficking,” says Paul Newton, a professor of tropical medicine at the University of Oxford medical school who has spent decades tracking poor-quality medicines. And criminals can make a lot of money by falsifying drugs that are in high demand, in short supply or are exorbitantly expensive for consumers."

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Robert Califf Could Transform The FDA -- The Right Way - Forbes

Read the full article: Robert Califf Could Transform The FDA -- The Right Way - Forbes:

"People who care about making sure that medicines and medical devices are safe and effective should be cheering the nomination of Robert Califf to be the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and any senators who slow his path to the job he deserves should be accused of practicing the basest kind of partisanship."

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Obama to Nominate Robert Califf to Lead FDA - WSJ

Read the full article: Obama to Nominate Robert Califf to Lead FDA - WSJ:

"President Barack Obama plans to nominate the prominent cardiologist and medical researcher Robert Califf as the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the White House said Tuesday.

Dr. Califf had been named the FDA’s deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco—effectively the No. 2 post—in February. He joined the FDA from Duke University, where he had served as a professor of medicine, a leading pharmaceutical researcher and the vice chancellor for clinical and translational research."

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Request for Quality Metrics - FDA Guidance for Industry

The FDA has released a guidance document that includes an explanation of how the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) intend to collect data and use quality metrics to help ensure that their policies and practices continue to support continuous improvement and innovation in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

Read the guidance:  FDA Request for QualityMetrics - Guidance for Industry (PDF)

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

FDA Amends Drug Shortage Regulations

Read the full text final rule: Federal Register | Permanent Discontinuance or Interruption in Manufacturing of Certain Drug or Biological Products:

"The rule requires all applicants of covered approved drugs or biological products—including certain applicants of blood or blood components for transfusion and all manufacturers of covered drugs marketed without an approved application—to notify FDA electronically of a permanent discontinuance or an interruption in manufacturing of the product that is likely to lead to a meaningful disruption in supply (or a significant disruption in supply for blood or blood components) of the product in the United States."

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Who Offers GMP Training?

Who Offers GMP Training?

SkillsPlus International Inc. offers highly respected cGMP training. Here's why you need to choose SkillsPlus Intl Inc.:

Expertise - We've been delighting clients for more than 20 years. Allan Dewes, President & master trainer, combines his regulatory knowledge and operations experience to meet your needs. He's personable, an active listener, and a trusted partner to 100s of satisfied domestic & international clients. He helps clients succeed.

Live GMP Training - Leadership and course participants rave about our onsite courses. These popular courses are considered interactive, engaging, relevant, and sometimes fun! Students want to be in our classes, instead of trying to find ways to avoid going to class.

SkillsPlus Intl Inc. can be your one-stop shop that: meets your needs, wows students, and makes your training delivery easier!

Visit SkillsPlus Intl Inc. training products & services, or call Allan Dewes, President & master trainer, (415) 948-5220.

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