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Novasep’s European custom manufacturing passes FDA inspection

22 Oct 2013

Two successful FDA inspections assure customers of Novasep’s strict compliance with US pharmaceutical processing standards.

Pompey, France, October 22, 2013 - Novasep, a leading provider of global manufacturing solutions for life science molecules and fine chemicals today announces that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has successfully audited two of its European custom manufacturing sites in Le Mans, France and Leverkusen, Germany.

FDA investigators audited the two facilities in June and July 2013.

The FDA audit at the Novasep site in Le Mans was a pre-approval inspection for production of paclitaxel, a long-established anticancer parenteral active ingredient for which Novasep is one of the world’s leading suppliers. The positive outcome of the audit in Le Mans demonstrates the capability of the team to handle highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredients (HPAPI), in particular paclitaxel. Novasep has held European CEP (Certificate of Suitability) for paclitaxel since 2011 and an FDA drug master file (DMF) since 1996.

The Leverkusen facility audit included both a pre-approval inspection of the production of formulated nitroglycerine and an overall cGMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) inspection on all products made for the US market.

“The FDA has tightened up its surveillance and audits,” said Michel Spagnol, CEO at Novasep. “Adhering to regulatory requirements is critical, although it is becoming progressively more challenging across the industry. Our teams’ commitment to quality is impressive.  I am very pleased with our continued track record in securing FDA inspection approval and the added assurance these successes give our global customers.”

“The two successful FDA inspections demonstrate that Novasep’s custom synthesis facilities are operated under a robust quality management system,” said Jean-Claude Romain, VP of quality at Novasep. “A quality assurance system does not remain static. It constantly evolves due to experience, multiple customer feedback and regulatory inspections. In addition, FDA inspections provide excellent opportunities for further improvement. The successes of the audits not only result from the quality systems Novasep has in place, but also from the day-to-day involvement of each person on the team.”

About the Novasep Le Mans facility

The Novasep site in Le Mans, France, produces highly potent cytotoxic pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and registered advanced intermediates, either for commercial purposes or clinical development. Novasep holds a valid Drug Master File and a European CEP for the production of paclitaxel. The Le Mans facility is notable for having synthesis and chromatography purification suites in contained areas, enabling the handling of highly potent pharmaceutical ingredients with Occupational Exposure Limits below three micrograms/m3 per 8 hours.

About the Novasep Leverkusen facility

The Novasep site in Leverkusen, equipped with modernized machinery, has operated chemical syntheses and in particular hazardous chemistries on an industrial scale for 140 years. Novasep holds Drug Master Files for several APIs including nitroglycerin and numerous formulations, as well as a European CEP for nitroglycerin-ethanol solution. Hazardous chemistries enable the design of shorter, cost-effective synthetic routes for producing APIs and advanced intermediates. The Novasep Leverkusen site can handle energetic reactions up to 1000’s ton scale.

About Novasep

Novasep is a global provider of cost-effective and sustainable manufacturing solutions for life sciences molecules and fine chemicals. Novasep's unique offering includes process development services, purification equipment and turnkey processes, contract manufacturing services and complex active molecules to serve pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, fine chemical, food and functional ingredients as well as bio-sourced chemicals and bio-industries.



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