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Compounding Pharmacy

By Melanie Prudom

November 16, 2020

West was pleased to recently attend the U.S. FDA’s first Compounding Center of Excellence Conference “Working Together for Patient Safety” on September 21st and 22nd. The virtual conference brought together current and future outsourcing facilities, state and federal regulators, experts, trade organizations and other industry stakeholders to learn and engage on key topics and best practices.

Analytical Lab Testing

By Jia Min Boo

August 06, 2020

In 2011, the US FDA issued an advisory regarding the potential formation of glass lamellae in vials containing injectable drugs. This was in response to several drug recalls in 2010-11. The number of glass-related drug recalls has since declined greatly. This no doubt is due to key actions taken by pharmaceutical manufacturers before the drug goes to market, even during the development phases.

Guidance Icon with open book and finger pointing

By Di Wu

December 17, 2019

The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) released four final guidance documents on Thursday, Sept. 12, which provides the FDA’s current thinking on the Special 510(K) program, the Abbreviated 510(K) program, how to format Traditional and Abbreviated 510(K)s and the new Refuse to Accept policy for 510(K).

SmartDose Injection Platform in Use

By Ana Ladino

October 16, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the fee rates and payment procedures for medical device user fees for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), as amended by the Medical Device User Fee Amendments of 2017 (MDUFA IV), authorizes FDA to collect user fees for certain medical device submissions and annual fees both for certain periodic reports and for establishments subject to registration. This notice establishes the fee rates for FY 2019, which apply from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019.

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By Global Communications

May 20, 2014

Diane Paskiet, Director, Scientific Affairs, serves as co-chair for the 2014 PDA Packaging Conference: Pharmaceutical Packaging Systems – Current and Emerging Practices, Technologies and Materials, which will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. on May 20-21, 2014.

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By Steve LoCastro

April 16, 2014

A new regulatory guidance in the US has clarified expectations for pharmaceutical companies wishing to transition from an existing pharmaceutical component wash process to another, such as the Westar® Ready-to-Sterilize (RS) process.