Category: MHRA

The mention of the IAG can strike fear into the hearts of many wholesalers… usually those who are not compliant with GDP. So, who are the IAG? The letters IAG stand for “Inspection Action Group” and they’re a multidisciplinary team that are part of the MHRA. They meet (usually) on the first and third Tuesday of…

Holders of a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (Wholesale Dealer Authorisation) can be suspended for a number of reasons, but most commonly to regulatory action from the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency). Paradigm Shift Consulting have worked with many customers who have experienced MHRA regulatory action resulting in suspension of the licence and being listed on the public MHRA Suspended…

A new role was announced at the MHRA GDP Symposia in London, yesterday. Cheryl Blake’s presentation “Preparing for a Changing World” included information and potential scenarios post Brexit. Within this presentation was information on the new role… the “RPI” The RPI (Responsible Person – Import) will come into being in the coming weeks and months,…

  Paradigm Shift Consulting is holding regular Good Distribution Practice training at our organised venue in the Midlands, covering the 10 critical chapters of the EU Guidelines 2013/C 343/01, including Change Control, CAPA, Deviations, Falsified Medicines and more. We alternate GDP training for RPs and Managers, with audit training and more focused training on CAPA,…

  Paradigm Shift Consulting is holding regular Good Distribution Practice training at our organised venue in the Midlands, covering the 10 critical chapters of the EU Guidelines 2013/C 343/01, including Change Control, CAPA, Deviations, Falsified Medicines and more. We alternate GDP training for RPs and Managers, with audit training and more focused training on CAPA,…

Just a tiny refresher… are you approving suppliers and customers appropriately? We posted about this topic before, as it is business and licence critical. Bona Fides (Approval of Suppliers and Customers) Checks – how and why? Suppliers and customers are on either side of you in the supply chain, and if you supply someone who…

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of medicines and devices.

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Wikipedia (other information sources are available, and recommended) states; Change control within quality management systems (QMS) and information technology (IT) systems is a formal process used to ensure that changes to a product or system are introduced in a controlled and coordinated manner. It reduces the possibility that unnecessary changes will be introduced to a…

Many wholesalers have been found to be deficient during their GDP MHRA inspections, especially with their Chapter 30 Commodity codes, when exporting pharmaceutical products. Many have exported pharmaceutical products either using a “blanket” code that they believe suits finished products, or in some cases not even coding their products at all. In some circles the…

  The question is often asked “What temperature should a products in a wholesale area be kept at”, and the answers can vary wildly depending on who you speak to. The primary response to this question should be “Under label conditions” or “As per the outer packaging.” So, what are the temperature ranges that the…

Well, it has been a long time coming, but the Home Office have now re-posted the list of controlled substances which has been down for over a year.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/controlled-drugs-list–2/list-of-most-commonly-encountered-drugs-currently-controlled-under-the-misuse-of-drugs-legislation   This list shows drug classifications as well as schedules, and although not exhaustive is a useful tool. To supply controlled drugs a site needs…

Do you supply medicines as stock to other healthcare providers or other legal entities by way of wholesale dealing? You may be aware you need to hold a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation or WDA (H) if you supply medicines as stock to another legal entity, but do you supply Controlled Drugs (CD) too? If yes, you…

The Falsified Medicines Directive is a key focus for the UK Competent Authority, the MHRA, and it is expected that as a UK Pharmaceutical wholesaler that you are aware of this emerging regulation. The FMD comes into effect 09 Feb 2019, “Brexit” or not. For more information around Falsified Medicines and the coding, see our…

Falsified Medicines   An update on the Falsified Medicines Directive from Sultan “SID” Dajani, Chairman of the Falsified Medicines Directive at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and UK Representative for the Pharmacy Group of the European Union (PGEU). “With the Falsified Medicines Directive coming (slowly) to fruition, it will be pharmacies and wholesalers bearing the brunt…

For those who do not already know, the “5% rule” for pharmacies disappeared some time ago and to purchase products from a site without a WDA (Wholesale Distribution Authorisation) is a critical deficiency in Good Distribution Practice. Prior to 14 August 2012, section 10(7) of the Medicines Act 1968 provided a pharmacist in a registered pharmacy (or…

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Nov 15

What is Pharmacovigilance? By Joan Mwanaka, BSc Did you know that every drug has a side effect? It has been reported that a drug without a side effect will not work! So, if drugs are supposedly causing side effects, why are they on the market, and how are these drugs monitored? Pharmacovigilance is the answer…

Yesterday the MHRA released their first two blogs; https://mhrainspectorate.blog.gov.uk/2015/06/23/welcome/ https://mhrainspectorate.blog.gov.uk/2015/06/23/join-our-talented-and-dynamic-team-protecting-public-health/ Written by Mark Birse, Group Manager for the MHRA Inspectorate, the first blog covers the plan to bring blogs from all areas of GxP, including; compliance management approaches data integrity preventing drug shortages significant findings from our inspections supporting innovation and our work with the MHRA…

As many of you will know, manufacturers do NOT need a WDA(H) (Wholesale Distribution Authorisation for medicines for human use) if they are distributing their own products. What many manufacturers do not realise is that they are now operating illegally by procuring, supplying, invoicing etc. UK Manufacturers; Are you conducting wholesaling activities in other countries?…

Brokering and GDP   With the release of new legislation around brokering, do you know what you are doing? Many are still misunderstanding the term “broker” and are brokering illegally, or without knowingly doing so. This post from Senior Associate Bernard Lawlor may help enlighten you. Are you, while acting as a Pharmacist or as…

We see frequently that sites share their wholesale Standard Operating Procedures aka SOPs. This can be a good thing if the wholesale SOPs are of a high quality and are tailored for the specific site, or a significant problem if they are for a different business model or out of date (not following current guidelines). A…

With the “New” GDP guidelines now having been in effect since September 2013, and the requirement for registration of brokers of pharmaceutical products the Paradigm team are quite surprised at how few brokers are registered. At last check (4th Feb 2015) count there are only seventeen/17 pharmaceutical brokers registered, whether as companies or individuals. Why…

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Jan 15

The MHRA website originally sat on the domain www.mhra.gov.gsi.uk but was moved recently to www.mhra.gov.uk Aside from breaking lots of our web links much content was archived, and the new site is “light” on content. Many of the links that still sit on Google will take you to the archive, which is a snapshot of…

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For those of you who are not aware EUDRAGMDP is the new, centralised depository for the National Competent Authorities in Europe for manufacturing, import and wholesale distribution authorisations, and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certificates. The public version of the EUDRA GMDP database is a useful tool for anyone involved in…

In essence, we are a service to the pharmacy and wholesale sectors, specialising in streamlining operations and increasing profitability. We have many satisfied customers who have used our service to take advantage of innovations in a quickly developing pharmacy market. Whether this is setting up assisting in managing a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation, implementing private PGDs, travel clinic, care…

Holders of a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (Wholesale Dealer Authorisation or Wholesale Dealer Licence to many) can be suspended for a number of reasons, but most commonly to regulatory action from the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency). Paradigm Shift Consulting have worked with numerous sites who have faced MHRA regulatory action landing them on the MHRA Suspended Licence list. We successfully helped all…

  The updated process for WDA(H) applications has been in place for a while now, and Paradigm Shift have assisted a number of customers and friends navigate the new MHRA portal system. How can you navigate the system yourself? It’s easy. When you know how. The MHRA have put a helpful guide online which we…

In the United Kingdom the National Competent Authority is the MHRA, The Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, but who regulates the rest of Europe? Answers can be found on the European Medicines Agency website where there is a full list of the National Competent Authorities. Where possible we link you to the English version of the website,…

  We think that £55 + Postage and packing is a fair price for such a critical publication, but not everyone will agree. If you do agree, click the link above and buy it from the Pharmaceutical Press. We meet many who do invest, but there are also many more who cannot or will not…

Have you subscribed to the MHRA email alerting service? Any and all staff involved in GDP related activities should take advantage of this free and essential resource. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency/email-signup Whether you are involved in Good Distribution Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice, Pharmacy or just like to keep up to date with the news. How can this help…

The full day rate for an MHRA Good Distribution Practice inspection is £1936.00 This rate is reduced for wholesalers who only supply GSL (General Sales List) products, or for small wholesaler dealers where wholesaling of licensed products does not exceed 15% or £35,000 of total turnover, but ONLY where the inspector spends less than 3.5…

There are some companies offering coaching on how to “handle” an MHRA inspector. If you think this is of interest to you then I suggest you STOP and think again. If you have to pay to be coached on handling an inspector/inspection then there is something wrong. These simple, common sense rules will help anyone…

We are often asked for assistance pre-inspection, and to help prepare a site in advance of the regulator’s visit. How can we help you to help yourself? If you don’t want to engage us to assist directly, then we recommend; read our free and helpful blogs. Check your compliance against the EU GDP Guidance update of November…

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