RPS says pharmacists must always be present in pharmacies

The three RPS national boards have jointly called for legal guarantees that a pharmacist will always undertake a clinical assessment or check, and that there must be no legal loopholes that can bypass this requirement.

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The leaked document, prepared by a working group of the Department of Health’s Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board, suggested that current legislation could be changed to allow a registered pharmacy professional, which could include a technician, to take responsibility for the sale and supply of pharmacy and prescription-only medicines.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said it believes a pharmacist should always be present in a pharmacy, apart from occasional short periods of time.

Responding to a leaked document produced for the Department of Health (DH) on the issue of whether pharmacy technicians should be allowed to supervise pharmacies, the RPS has issued an eight-point position statement on the role of registered technicians supervising the sale and supply of medicines.

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Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial

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After watching his mother die from meningitis in a nationwide outbreak caused by contaminated steroids, Scott Shaw is determined to make sure something like that never happens again.

A stiff punishment for the Massachusetts pharmacist Shaw believes is partially responsible may help, he says.

“I believe as surely as I’m talking to you right now that if something isn’t done, we will repeat this again,” the North Carolina man said.

Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of Boston, is to go on trial Tuesday for his role in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others.

Chin faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts of second-degree murder under federal racketeering law.

Experts, and Chin’s defense attorney, believe prosecutors have a stronger case against Chin than they did against the co-founder of the compounding pharmacy, Barry Cadden. Cadden was sentenced in June to nine years in prison after being acquitted of second-degree murder charges but convicted on conspiracy and fraud charges.

Chin ran the so-called clean rooms where steroid injections were made. He is accused of failing to properly sterilize the drugs, among other things. Chin also faces conspiracy, mail fraud and other charges.

“I’m just a little concerned that the judge and the jury might be a little more harsh on Glenn Chin because he was doing the work in the clean room,” Chin’s attorney, Stephen Weymouth, said.

Throughout Cadden’s trial, the co-founder’s lawyers tried to push the blame onto Chin. Chin intends to point the finger back at Cadden.

Weymouth said he will argue that Chin was essentially a “puppet” for Cadden, who made working in the clean rooms so difficult that “mistakes might have been made.” Cadden was the one calling the shots and pushing the orders to line his own pockets, Weymouth said.

 

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US pharmaceutical company expands Dublin presence

US pharmaceutical company expands Dublin presence

PTC Therapeutics, a US pharmaceutical company, plans to expand its European headquarters in Dublin to 40 staff.

The Dublin site of the company is responsible for finance, quality assurance, legal and a raft of other back office roles.

“We currently employ 30 people in the Dublin office and this will increase to a total of 40 sustainable jobs in this office within a short period of time,” said Adrian Haigh, who heads up the company’s international operations.

PTC focuses on the discovery and commercialisation of novel medicines. It has been working on the development of a drug called Translarna for almost 20 years. The drug is the only protein restoration therapy for the treatment of nonsense mutation Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a genetic disorder characterised by progressive muscle degeneration.

 

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Marketing and promotion of drugs and medical devices

Regulation of the promotional aspects of prescription drugs, biologics, medical devices and biotechnology products with the intention of ensuring that the information contained in the promotion material is not false or misleading is one of the chief objectives of the FDA.

The FDA regulates the promotional materials of all drugs, and this includes both labeling and advertisements. Brochures, booklets, detailing pieces, bulletins, calendars, motion pictures and slides are some of the examples of labeling, while materials published in journals, magazines, other periodicals, and newspapers, and advertisements broadcast through media such as radio, television and telephone communications systems are examples of advertising.

The FDA also regulates another avenue of drug promotion and advertising, namely detailing. This kind of promotion is the one that pharma companies do to doctors in a variety of venues such as medical offices, hospitals, pharmacies, at medical meetings and symposia, academic settings, conferences and other meeting facilities.

The FDA’s reach in monitoring and regulating promotions also covers direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising. In this area, it has complete jurisdiction over prescription drug labeling and advertising and all medical device labeling, but has limited jurisdiction over medical device advertising.

Severe penalties for offenders

For decades, the FDA has been regulating traditional advertising, during the course of which it has been publishing several kinds of guidance documents for industry, and has issued many violation letters. The corrective actions that companies have to implement if the FDA adjudges that drug or medical device promotional material is false or misleading or does not give a proper account of the product needed to enable consumers to weigh the benefits and risks are very expensive and time consuming. They have to carry out expensive remedial advertising, have to cough up huge fines, and also face the prospect of having their reputation sullied on account of these enforcement actions from the FDA.

In addition, it can also criminally prosecute relevant executives of such organizations under the provisions of a strict liability standard. This law gives the government sweeping powers, by which it is not obliged or required to show that the executive facing prosecution had the intention of violating FDA regulations or was knowledgeable about such violations.

The agency has already netted billions of dollars in fines, forfeitures and disgorgements from drug companies for the alleged marketing of a product for unapproved, or “off-label,” uses.

Are the FDA’s laws obsolete?

Yet, the general consensus is that the law governing drug and device marketing is both outmoded and insufficient to deal with the speed at which technology-enabled promotion campaigns appear out of nowhere and disappear in a jiffy. Experts feel that the FDA is still very conservative and traditional in adapting technologies needed for detecting and nailing down such promotion campaigns that technology has brought about. Naturally, the regulatory circles are eager to see how the FDA will deal with the advanced communication technology that goes into promotion campaigns that can make the advertisement go viral and leave the scene just as quickly.

These are important aspects for organizations in the drugs, biologics, medical devices and biotechnology areas. These companies need to be completely aware of the law governing advertising and need to understand the FDA’s thinking on what it considers false and misleading advertising. This knowledge is absolutely essential, considering the broad sweep of powers that the FDA has.

Important learning on the FDA’s approach to promotions and advertising

This important understanding will be imparted at a two-day seminar that is being organized by GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional trainings for the areas of regulatory compliance. At this seminar, David R. Dills, Global Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Consultant, who provides regulatory affairs and compliance consultative services, will be the Director. To gain insights into the FDA’s thinking on how it perceives advertisements and promotions as false and misleading, please register for this seminar by visiting Marketing and promotion of drugs and medical devices. This seminar has been pre-approved by RAPS as eligible for up to 12 credits towards a participant’s RAC recertification upon full completion.

Advertising aimed at healthcare professionals and consumers

Prescription drug promotion is aimed at and delivered to two distinct audiences: Health care professionals (HCPs) and consumers. The FDA recognizes that promotional efforts can provide these audiences important information about the newest developments in drug therapies. So, it insists that such information has to have integrity and completeness.

Also, healthcare professionals, sales representatives and consumers use the social media to discuss the use of prescription products for specific diseases and conditions, a factor that has to be taken into account. David will discuss this and the potential concerns it carries.

GlobalCompliancePanel announces Seasonal offers for Professionals with Flat 50% OFF on all Seminars

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FDA guidance on process validation

FDA guidance on process validation

The FDA guidance on process validation is an important document that offers guidelines on Process Validation (PV), a critical aspect of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

In November ’08, the FDA issued a draft guideline that revised the old guidelines on PV. The FDA guidance on process validation was now the standard that replaced the FDA guidance on process validation that was in force from 1987.  FDA guidance on process validation underwent another revision in January 2011, which is now the current standard. It has altered the spirit of the earlier documents in a few ways.

January 2011 changes

  • It now gives greater emphasis to use ICH Q 8, 9 and 10;
  • The term ‘commercial manufacturing’ has come to replace the old word, ‘commercial production’. This means a significant change in the scope of the ICH.
  • The January 2011 FDA guidance on process validation has also given a slightly different definition of PV and Stage 1 and Stage 2.
  • The new FDA guidance on process validationdescribes PV as “The collection and evaluation of data, from the process design stage through commercial production, which establishes scientific evidence that a process is capable of consistently delivering quality product.”

Why did the FDA change guidelines on PV?

The FDA guidance on process validation underwent changes because it was observed during its investigations that drugs of inferior quality were being marketed even though they were manufactured under less demanding processes, which were being passed off as “validated”.

Manufacturers need to ask these:

In essence, FDA guidance on process validation requires manufacturers to ask themselves these questions:

  • Which scientific evidence I have used gives me the confidence that my process is capable of consistently and repeatedly delivering quality product?
  • Can I show that my process works as intended?
  • What are the ways by which I can know that my process has remained in control?

References:

http://www.gmp-compliance.org/eca_news_2380_6764,6864,6917,6971.html

http://www.gmp-compliance.org/eca_news_2600.html

 

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