Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force Press Kit
This press kit offers information on SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) and the actions it has taken concerning emerging markets product quality.
Many active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s) made in foreign facilities are rarely inspected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, especially in the case of ingredients going into over-the-counter drugs. Under U.S. law, domestic facilities must be inspected before they begin manufacturing. The majority of foreign facilities manufacturing API’s used in generic medications rarely see an FDA inspector after an initial inspection. Most foreign manufacturers of over-the-counter medication ingredients have never seen an FDA inspector.
BPTF first took action in 2006 by submitting a Citizen’s Petition to the Food and Drug Administration calling for increased inspections of foreign facilities That action was followed by the publication of a joint white paper by BPTF, SOCMA, EFCG.
Below, are materials the BPTF have made available to the public. For questions, please contact SOCMA.
SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) is an industry trade organization for U.S. manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), their intermediates and excipients. Created in 2002 as an affiliate organization of SOCMA, its primary objective is to seek clarification of current regulatory requirements and to interact with governmental agencies on emerging issues that may impact SOCMA members.
- SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force Asks Congress to Increase Inspections of Foreign Drug Manufacturing Facilities
- SOCMA’s BPTF Testimony to the House Energy Commerce Committee on FDA Drug Import Inspections Nov. 1, 2007
- SOCMA's Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force Unveils Template for Drug API Quality Agreements
- Congressional Hearing on Drug Import Safety - SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceutical Task Force to testify
- SOCMA President Joe Acker Expresses Concern Over Emerging Markets Product Quality
- Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force Petitions FDA
- Petition to Request the Food and Drug Administration to Rank Foreign and Domestic Drug Manufacturing Firms Together
SOCMA-EFCG White Paper
This paper discusses the poor quality of the FDA inspection regime and cites a number of figures to demonstrate the FDA's inabilities.
BPTF/SOCMA files comments on FDA Science Committee Report: FDA Science and Mission at Risk
The report is an honest look at the issues facing the FDA.
- BPTF/SOCMA Comments on Science Committee Report
- FDA Science Committee Report: FDA Science and Mission at Risk
BPTF files comments to the FDA on Generic Drug User Fees
- The Hill - Safer drug supply requires update to our regulation
Op-ed article by BPTF Chair Patty Benson and Pew Health Group’s Allan Coukell, calling on Congress to take measures to better protect the U.S. drug supply
- Associated Press - Foreign Drugs Get Little Scrutiny
This article discusses the differences between the rates of inspection
for foreign manufacturers versus domestic facilities.
- USA Today Letter to the Editor 10/17/07
SOCMA President Joe Acker wrote a letter to the editor of USA Today in response to an article covering slow progress in protecting U.S. food supply.
- Lou Dobbs Tonight 10/10/07
SOCMA’s Lynne Jones Batshon, Representative of the BPTF, was a guest of Lou Dobb’s during his Congress Warns of Dangerous Food Imports from China segment.
- Pharmaceutical Technology 9/02/07
SOCMA President Joe Acker submitted this editorial to Pharmaceutical Technology, calling for more FDA inspections on foreign APIs.
- Washington Post Article 06/18/07
BPTF Chairman Brant Zell was quoted in this front-page, Washington Post article examining the reasoning for few FDA inspections on India, China.
What Members Are Saying…
“Right off the bat, SOCMA’s ChemStewards provides you with a template that shows you good practices that should be implemented across-the-board. And the dialogue with other members and SOCMA staff is very valuable. You would have to pay a lot of money to bring in that kind of expertise, but with SOCMA, it’s all a benefit of membership.”