Trends in FDA Data Integrity 483s and Warning Letters for Pharmaceutical Companies

The manufacture of pharmaceutical drugs is a highly complex process that involves advanced scientific analysis and instrumentation at all stages of production and storage. In order to guarantee the safety and efficacy of both human and veterinary drugs, the FDA strives to verify data integrity in all cGMP records used to document and guide the manufacturing process.

The FDA first identified failures in data governance and data integrity in the year 2000 with a warning letter issued to Schein Pharmaceuticals that cited lack of proper controls over computerized laboratory systems. In the years since, the FDA focus on compliance with data integrity regulations in facility inspections has increased significantly. We have written extensively about how the FDA defines data integrity and the current FDA regulations and guidance in this area.

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