Author Archives: Joanne Eglovitch

US FDA suspends all domestic GMP surveillance inspections

Agency responds to COVID-19 pandemic’s US arrival by suspending domestic surveillance inspections and non-critical for-cause and preapproval inspections. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a suspension of all domestic good manufacturing practice surveillance and non-critical for-cause and preapproval inspections for the duration of the COVID-19 public health crisis as part of decision to require all eligible employees to telework. The aim is to wind down all inspections by 3 April. Exceptions will be made for inspections of facilities…

Compounders complain they can’t make these four drugs once they’re deemed biologics

After 23 March, the US FDA won’t allow any more bulk compounding of four oft-compounded drug substances, disrupting patient care, compounders say. Major disruptions in patient access to compounded versions of four bulk drug substances may result from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) decision, announced 5 March, to regulate them beginning 23 March as biologics licensed under the Public Health Service Act, drug compounding industry groups say. The announcement said outsourcing facilities complained four substances on the FDA’s preliminary list would be…