Intellectual Thoughts by Sanjay Panda: October 2013

USFDA increases inspections of drug facilities in India

USFDA  is increasing its inspections of facilities of drug makers in India, the second largest provider of finished dose products to the US, to ensure compliance of approved manufacturing norms. The US health regulator, which has been cracking the whip against many Indian pharmaceutical firms, including Ranbaxy, Wockhardt, is also recruiting and training additional drugs investigators in India. 

USFDA's presence in India is being increased to 19 from 12 American staff based in-country, including 10 dedicated specifically to medical products. Other staff include foods and devices inspectors, and policy analysts. 

In order to meet requirements of the new Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) - Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA), the US health regulator is stepping up the inspections. Under the FDASIA, the USFDA is required to achieve the same inspectional schedule for foreign facilities as domestic manufacturers, and to clear the backlog of applications by the end of the first five-year user fee authorisation period. 

India, as the second largest provider of finished dose products to the US with almost 10
per cent of that market.