The QMN Weekly Bulletin

Company Gets Warning Letter for In-Process Testing

Feb. 20, 2009
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The FDA cites Sage Products in a warning letter for allegedly failing to re-evaluate an in-process test after finished product testing showed the test was not detecting nonconformances in the production of suction tip catheters.

Sage told the FDA in its response to a Form 483 that corrective and preventive action (CAPA) standard operating procedures (SOP) had been updated to assess whether the CAPA would affect validated machine settings or its sampling plan, the agency says.

The FDA deemed the response inadequate because it failed to address the actual investigations of the nonconformities, according to the letter. The company did not review and evaluate the process for or perform revalidation of the deviations, the letter says. For example, Sage changed a process parameter for a welder used in its production line for the catheters but did not revalidate it before implementing the change. See letter at http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/s7095c.htm
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