Loures, Portugal, July 31st, 2014 – Hovione today announced that its API plant in Cork, Ireland has successfully passed a pre-approval inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The inspection, carried out by the FDA Consumer Safety Officer, Ms. Britanny Terhar lasted 5 days as initially planned, started on 21st July and concluded on the 25th. The inspection confirmed the site to be compliant with the principles and guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and no Form 483 observations were issued. At the closing meeting the inspector informed that she was satisfied with what she had seen and complimented Hovione on its GMP system, inspection organization and the knowledge of its team members.
On the outcome of the inspection, Luisa Paulo, Hovione's Compliance Director, said "The pre-approval inspection was triggered by a client NDA filing, it also covered the manufacturing of a commercial NDA and a generic antibiotic, doxycycline. It is an extremely satisfying result for our team and for our customers. The Hovione Team members have again demonstrated their commitment and ability to meet the highest quality standards in the manufacturing of APIs and pre-formulated drug products”.
Jim Harvey, Hovione’s General Manager at the Cork site, said “We are very proud of the result achieved during this flawless FDA inspection. I am very satisfied that the FDA inspector reported no observations and I want to congratulate the entire team. This is another important step for our site in Cork as it confirms our ability to comply with high engineering, manufacturing and quality standards across all of the Hovione sites.”
About Hovione. Hovione is an international company with over 50 years’ experience in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient development and compliant manufacture. With four FDA inspected sites in the U.S., China, Ireland, and Portugal, the company focuses on the most demanding customers, in the most regulated markets. The company also offers branded pharmaceutical customers services for the development and compliant manufacture of innovative new drugs, is able to support highly potent compounds and offers all customers proprietary product development and licensing opportunities for drug products. In the inhalation area, Hovione is the only independent company offering such a broad range of services.