Notification: Directions of Registration Board on Reference Product data submissions for conducting Pharmaceutical Equivalence and Comparative Dissolution Profile Studies

Registration Board of DRAP has issued a Guidance document for applicants on submission of application on form 5-F (CTD) for registration of pharmaceutical drug products for human use. Submission of data of pharmaceutical equivalence and Comparative Dissolution Profile (CDP) is required under section 3.2.P.2.2.1 (Formulation Development) of Form 5F (CTD).

In order to further harmonize the submission of such data and ensure data integrity, Registration Board in its 322nd meeting held on 8th & 10th November, 2022 decided as under:

Firm shall submit the image/picture/snapshot of the innovator/reference/comparator pack against which Pharmaceutical equivalence / Comparative Dissolution Profile studies have been performed and shall reveal the details of brand name, manufacturer, batch# and expiry date of the innovator/reference/comparator product in the section 3.2.P.2.2.1 (Formulation development) of Form 5F.

Accordingly, above decision of Registration Board is hereby notified and circulated for information and compliance by relevant stakeholders / applicants.

Notification: Directions of Registration Board on the Drug Substance (DS) for Product Development, R&D, and Stability Testing

The Registration Board of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan grants registration to pharmaceutical and biologicals drug products for human and veterinary use. The Drugs (Licensing, Registering and Adverting), Rules, 1976 as amended requires that applicant shall submit applications for human use on Form 5F (CTD), along with submissions of product development, and stability studies, etc under the relevant modules.

For these studies, applicants firms have to procure the Drug Substance / Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) from licensed pharmaceutical manufacturers only having valid Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certifications and/or Drug Manufacturing Licenses form the relevant Regulatory Authority of the Country of origin.

The DRAP Authority, upon the request of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association has allowed the manufacturers to acquire Drug Substance / Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (except controlled Drugs / Substance) from another Drug Manufacturing License (DML) holders which has already imported / procured from an authorized source, only for conducting product development and stability studies to submit application for registration to DRAP on Form 5F. However, all requirements of quality and traceability would be applicable in such cases and will be the responsibility of the manufacture/applicant. Further, the products so manufactured in NO case shall be allowed for commercial sale.

The directions of DRAP Authority and Registration Board is notified accordingly.

Stakeholders Comments are invited on the Draft Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

Although the Drugs (Licensing, Registering & Advertising) Rules, 1976 under the Drugs Act, 1976 provides detail requirements on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), however, DRAP intends to provide a compiled GMP guidance document stipulating Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan’s (DRAP) expectations on GMP from pharmaceutical & biological drugs manufacturers.

This document is intended to provide guidance regarding Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for the manufacturing of pharmaceutical & biological drug in accordance with the Drugs (Licensing, Registering & Advertising) Rules, 1976, under the Drugs Act, 1976, the good manufacturing practices aim at ensuring that:

  1. Products are consistently produced and controlled to the quality standards appropriate to their intended use
  2. Products are manufactured as required by the marketing authorization or product specification; and
  3. All those risks have been diminished that are inherent in any pharmaceutical / biological production operation, including contamination, cross contamination and mix ups (confusion) that cannot be detected completely through the testing of final products.

This draft guideline is uploaded on the official website of DRAP dated 5th January, 2023 seeking comments and suggestions from stakeholders on the draft document. Stakeholders can submit their comments and suggestions within 15 days of uploading this document using prescribed format, (further information on comments submission can be accessed on this link). Comments and suggestions can be forwarded via email to ajmal.sohail@dra.gov.pk, copying at hasan.afzaal@dra.gov.pk , or can be posted at mailing address, Additional Director, Quality Assurance & Lab Testing, Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, 3rd floor TF Complex, 7th Mauve Area, G-9/4, Islamabad.

Public Awareness: Availability of Drugs

DRAP works closely with the manufacturing companies to ensure the availability of essential drugs in the market. However, shortages of drugs is a global phenomena and it may occur due to various reasons including the discontinuation of certain products, supply interruptions of materials and manufacturing or quality concerns, etc. DRAP is continuously working to minimize the impact of shortages on general public.

For problem related to the drugs availability, DRAP can be reach out at its Toll- Free Number: 0800-03727, or through email at drugshortages@dra.gov.pk within working hours from Monday to Friday 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM.

DRAP Newsletter: Volume 02-Quarter 01, 2023

The second volume of quarterly Newsletter of DRAP was issued on 1st January, 2023. This issue highlights the key initiatives and accomplishments of the outgoing year-2022, and welcomes the new year-2023 with reaffirmation to its commitments. DRAP is implementing its Strategic Plan 2022-25 with full zeal and devotion, to protect the public health through effective regulation for availability of safe, quality assured and efficacious therapeutic goods for the people of Pakistan.

Testing of Diethylene Glycol (DEG) & Ethylene Glycol (EG) at Central Drug Laboratory, Karachi

The Central Drug Testing Laboratory (CDL), Karachi, is providing facilities for testing of solvents (Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, and Sorbitol) used in oral preparations for the presence of any toxic impurities (e.g., Diethylene Glycol (DEG) and Ethylene Glycol (EG)) to the manufacturers and importers of pharmaceutical products. DRAP has already issued advisories and directions via letter F. No. 6-30/2022-QA dated October 21, 2022 and December 13, 2022 to the stakeholders for compliance.

Central Drug Laboratory has issued following guidance steps for manufacturers and importers for availing these facilities.

Sampling:

  1. Sampling should be made on the basis of √n + 1
  2. A composite of the quantity drawn should be made
  3. Divide this composite in three equal parts (approximately 30ml in each bottle)

Fee:

  1. Fee voucher to be generated on DRAP’s fee portal fee.dra.gov.pk by completing following steps:-
  2. a. Create Login / Enter Your Login Details
    b. Click on Generate Fee
    c. Select Division = Central Drugs Laboratory
    d. Select Payment Head = Central Drugs Testing laboratory
    e. Fee = Gas Chromatography
    f. Enter Details
  3. Fee for each batch is Rs.23000/-

Document Required:

  1. Sampling Information Sheet.
  2. Certificate of Analysis by Manufacturer.
  3. Testing Request Letter.
  4. Copy of voucher paid in any branch of Allied bank.

Testing Time:

  1. The samples will be tested on the FIFO basis.

Dispatch of Samples

  1. Three bottles as mentioned under sampling per batch shall be sent to CDL along with the
    documents mentioned above.
  2. The firm is responsible to maintain the conditions of samples during transportation.
  3. Sample should be dispatch on following Address:-
    Director, Central Drugs Laboratory
    4-B, SMCHS, Block B, Karachi

For any further assistance, Please contact to

Director, Central Drugs Laboratory, 4-B, SMCHS, Block B, Karachi or call at 021-34392159

Decisions of 52nd Meeting of Medical Device Board (Deficiency letters Local/Import)

The Medical Device Board (MDB) of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan in its 52nd meeting has deferred the following applications of registration of medical devices due to various deficiencies / shortcomings in the applications dossiers. These applicants are requested to furnish the requisite information / documentations as directed by the Medical Device Board. The detail is provided in the below attachment