Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on new programs to promote the adoption of innovations in drug manufacturing that can improve quality and lower drug costs



Ensuring the safety of our nation’s drug supply is a cornerstone of our consumer protection mission. One of the fundamental elements of overseeing the quality and safety of pharmaceuticals is having a clear understanding of the specific processes and technologies used to manufacture drugs throughout their lifecycle. This starts before a product is even approved and brought to market, with the FDA’s premarket (or preapproval) review of drug applications. This includes a careful review of information about product and manufacturing quality, as well as, in many cases, premarket inspections of a company’s intended manufacturing facility to ensure compliance with good manufacturing practices and other regulations. Overseeing how drugs are produced is a key component of ensuring the quality and safety of these products.

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