Before you REACH for your CHIPS get the SDS

In a recent case a supplier of biologically active products for clinical trials was reported to the HSE for not supplying Safety Data Sheets (SDS) to their client. Under the CHIP or Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002, suppliers...

Free Online Course to Disaster

Yesterday I had a call from a distraught pharmacist who desperately wanted to know how to go about growing his new pharmaceutical wholesaling venture which he had set up with a friend.  Our conversation went as follows:   Caller: “We have applied for a MHRA wholesale...

Preventing Fake Medicines Entering the Supply Chain

In the developing countries, poor healthcare infrastructure and a high demand for medicines has led to a proliferation of criminal gangs specialising in the counterfeiting of drugs. In the UK there have been several incidents of falsified medicines entering the NHS...

You don’t get ought for nought

You want a set of SOPs in preparation for a licence application or in preparation for an audit/inspection , where do you go?   The Internet? – well yes there are plenty of SOPs on the internet, indeed a set of one of the biggest retail pharmacy chain’s SOPs can be...

When is more, less? – Standard Operating Procedures

During the course of our work we see many SOPs and often come across procedures that are difficult to read and do not clearly describe the procedure. A long SOP does not necessarily make it a good one! When writing an SOP it is worth thinking about what its purpose is...