Albania Enters as Member State in European Pharmacopoeia

Albania entered in to the member state of European Pharmacopoeia as 39th member on 9 February 2020, making the quality standards for medicines published in the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) legally binding throughout the country. (more…)

Swissmedic and MFDS-Korea sign an agreement on Mutual Recognition for GMP Inspections

Swissmedic and the Korean regulatory authority extend their cooperation in the area of therapeutic products by recognizing each other for GMP Inspections. (more…)

EU Medical Agencies Defines Key principles for the use of electronic product information (ePI)

The European Medicines Agency (EMA), Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Commission (EC) have published Key principles outlining a harmonised approach to develop and use of ePI – electronic product information. (more…)

Draft Policy on Designating Regulators as Listed Authorities (WHO-Listed Authority) by WHO

The World Health Organization’s vision towards strengthening the regulation of medical products in underserved regions, the WHO published a draft policy on Designating Regulators as Listed Authorities (WHO-Listed Authority) to establish a framework for ensuring certain medical product regulators can be globally recognized as meeting WHO and other international standards and practices. (more…)

MHRA’s New Guideline for the Naming of Medicinal Products and Braille Requirements for Name on Label

The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has updated its guideline on the naming of medicinal products. MHRA’s most substantive change is the addition of a new section that provides general recommendations for brand naming and prescribing. (more…)

FDA’s Nextgen Portal to Submit Pre-Assigned ANDA Number Requests through the CDER

Prospective abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) applicants will be able to submit Pre-Assigned ANDA number requests via the CDER NextGen Portal.

For Applicants with account holder account will be automatically updated with this Pre-Assigned ANDA number request functionality.  To create a new account, go to the CDER NextGen Portal, under the “Sign In” section on the right of the screen, click “Sign Up” (next to “Don’t have an account?”) and follow the instructions. (more…)

Maximal Usage Trials Guidance for Topical OTC Drugs Finalized By FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized guidance on conducting maximal usage trials (MUsT) to support the inclusion of an active ingredient in an OTC monograph. (more…)

Two more countries Bulgaria and Cyprus to benefit from EU-US mutual recognition agreement for inspections

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the capability of two additional European Union (EU) Member States to carry out good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections at a level equivalent to the United States (US). Bulgaria and Cyprus were included into the mutual recognition agreement between the EU and the US on 29 April 2019.

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TGA Announced Labelling changes: information for health professionals

Quality Use of Medicines relies on clear medicine labels. To reduce medication errors, medicine labels need to be more consistent, with important information made more prominent and easier to read.

Therapeutic Goods Administration has introduced improvements to help bring Australian medicine labels up to date and align them with international best practice and are designed to be more consistent and more clearly convey important information. TGA thinks these changes may reduce medication errors.
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FDA adds Boxed Warning for risk of serious injuries caused by sleepwalking with certain prescription insomnia medicines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising that rare but serious injuries have happened with certain common prescription insomnia medicines because of sleep behaviors, including sleepwalking, sleep driving, and engaging in other activities while not fully awake. These complex sleep behaviors have also resulted in deaths.

These behaviors appear to be more common with eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, Intermezzo, Zolpimist) than other prescription medicines used for sleep.
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