'Country of Origin' Compliance: The Top 10 Things Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Know

This post was written by Jeffrey Orenstein

What is the “country of origin” for the drugs you manufacture? This question arises every time a pharmaceutical company labels a drug, imports it, exports it, markets it, or sells it to the U.S. government. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is more complicated than many think. In fact, the correct answer often changes, depending on which government agency is asking.

For a Reed Smith-authored white paper on the Top 10 things pharmaceutical companies need to know before determining their products’ country of origin, click here.

China Life Sciences and Health Industry Client Briefing - October 2012 (November 16, 2012)

This post was written by Jay J. Yan, Hugh T. Scogin, Jr., John J. Tan, Mao Rong, Katherine Yang, May Wong, Amy Yin and Gordon B. Schatz.

Reed Smith’s China Life Sciences and Health Industry Client Briefing provides a summary of the monthly news and legal developments relating to China's Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Life Sciences/ Health Care Industries.

Some important developments during October include:

  • China Becoming a Healthcare R&D Hub
  • Imported Drugs to Go on China's Electronic Monitoring Network
  • Guangxi to Build Pharmaceuticals as a Pillar Industry
  • China to Set Up Database for Organ Transplants
  • Private Medical Care Gets Boost
  • State Council Issues the 12th FYP for Public Health Services Development

To read the full briefing by Reed Smith China team members, click here.

Life Sciences Health Industry China Briefing - January 2012 (February 13, 2012)

This post was written by Jay J. Yan, Mao Rong, Zack Dong, Katherine Yang, Joyce Sun, Sara Lai and Gordon B. Schatz.

Reed Smith’s Life Sciences Health Industry China Briefing provides a summary of the monthly news and legal developments relating to China's Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Life Sciences/ Health Care Industries.

Some important developments during January include:

  • Outline of China's Nursing Development Plan from 2011 to 2015
  • Promulgation of Eight Recommended Medical Product Industry Standards
  • Strengthening Implementation of 2010 GMP Amendment
  • Circulation of the 12th Five-Year Plan for Medical Device Technology Industry

To read the full briefing by Reed Smith China team members, click here.
 

A New Focus at FDA: Supply Chain and Import Challenges

This post was written by Frederick H. Branding, R.Ph., JD and Kevin M. Madagan.

Numerous signals by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in recent weeks, including statements made by Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, the recently appointed FDA Commissioner, show that the agency intends to toughen enforcement in several areas. These signals should be taken seriously. An “awakened” FDA will be funded with additional monies promised for FDA’s budget and with funding proposed through legislation such as The Drug and Device Accountability Act of 2009 (S. 882). As a result, firms that manufacture, import, and distribute FDA-regulated products can anticipate being visited more often, and probably more critically, than in the past. This, in turn, will force a company to handle additional Inspectional Observations (FDA 483s), Warning Letters, and reinforcement actions.

This article discusses two areas in which FDA has begun to focus – supply chains and imports, in particular supply chain management and safety, and increased foreign and domestic import inspections. Included in the discussion are suggestions companies may wish to consider in preparing for increased regulatory scrutiny.

To read the full alert, click here.