GAO Report on Drug Safety/Foreign Drug Inspections

On October 22, 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report entitled "Drug Safety: Better Data Management and More Inspections Are Needed to Strengthen FDA's Foreign Drug Inspection Program." Among other things, the GAO found that: FDA databases contain inaccurate information on foreign establishments subject to inspection; FDA inspects relatively few foreign establishments each year to assess the manufacturing of drugs currently marketed in the United States; and FDA’s identification of serious deficiencies has led foreign establishments to take corrective actions, but inspections to determine continued compliance are not always timely. The GAO recommends that FDA improve the data that it uses to manage its foreign inspection program, conduct more inspections of foreign establishments, and ensure more timely inspection of foreign establishments where FDA has identified serious deficiencies. HHS agreed that FDA should conduct more foreign inspections, and discussed other FDA oversight initiatives, such as database improvements.

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TortsProf Blog - October 24, 2008 7:18 AM
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