NRCM Certifies Xiao-qun Zeng

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Xiao-qun Zeng Certified NRCM Registrant
WASHINGTON, DC—July 26, 2016—Xiao-qun Zeng, Project Team Lead, LexaMed, Ltd, Toledo, OH, is
now a Registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM). On June 27, 2016, she
became certified as a Specialist Microbiologist in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Microbiology. Ms.
Zeng received her M.S. degree from University of Toledo, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Sciences, OH. To earn the NRCM credential, Ms. Zeng first met rigorous educational and experiential
eligibility requirements and then passed a comprehensive written examination. She has demonstrated
the knowledge and skills necessary to supervise the effective operation of a pharmaceutical and medical
device microbiology testing laboratory.

The NRCM is a voluntary certifying body which was founded in 1958 and has certified microbiologists in
all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and on six continents. The goals of the NRCM are
to minimize risk to the public by identifying qualified microbiologists; encourage mastery of
microbiological knowledge and skills that contribute to improving the human condition; and
foster professional pride and a sense of accomplishment in qualified microbiologists. Employers use
NRCM certification to distinguish their company and attest to their employees’ competency.

The American College of Microbiology, a component of ASM’s Professional Practice Committee, is
responsible for certification of microbiologists and immunologists, accreditation of postdoctoral training
programs, and other programs consistent with its mission of providing leadership in promoting the high
quality and ethical practice of the microbiology and immunology professions for the benefits of human,
animal, and environmental well-being.

LexaMed Presenting at BioOhio FDA Regulatory 101 Series: Medical Device Testing, Emerging Trends and Regulatory Expectations

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Come and join us at the BioOhio Meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. LexaMed President, Bob Reich will be speaking Join us to learn more about FDA requirements for reprocessing reusable medical devices (cleaning/disinfection/sterilization), AET, Environmental Isolates and Quality Management.

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FDA Continuing to Issue 483’s to Compounding Pharmacies

FDA continues to issue 483s to compounding pharmacies for a lack evidence and cGMP
framework in preventing/mitigating beta-lactam cross-contamination

Warning Letters and significant FDA 483 observations continue to plague the compounding pharmacy industry with over 40% of compounders inspected receiving Warning Letters and nearly 100% receiving critical observations. One of the more common observations cited by the FDA directly relates to the implementation of manufacturing controls to prevent cross-contamination of finished pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) with non-penicillin beta-lactam drugs.

In the April 2013 guidance document released by the FDA entitled Non-Penicillin Beta Lactam Drugs: A Current Good Manufacturing Practice cGMP Framework for Preventing Cross-Contamination, the agency goes as far as to say that manufacturers generally should utilize separate facilities for the manufacture of these compounds. Beta-lactam antibiotics include the following four classes:

• cephalosporins (e.g., cephalexin, cefaclor)
• penems (e.g., imipenem, meropenem)
• carbacephems (e.g., loracarbef)
• monobactams (e.g., aztreonam)

As a result, the FDA expects and recommends that manufacturers of these antibiotics establish appropriate separation and control systems designed to prevent two types of contamination:
(1) The contamination of a non-penicillin beta-lactam by any other non-penicillin beta-lactam
(2) The contamination of any other type of product by a non-penicillin beta-lactam.

As a manufacturer, it is critical that you evaluate your manufacturing operations for the possibility of cross-contamination and that you implement appropriate controls to reduce or mitigate the potential for cross-contamination. The FDA will expect direct manufacturing control related to the isolation and separation of intermediate and derivative materials, facilities, equipment, and personnel.
LexaMed has considerable experience and expertise in the testing for and development of control strategies for beta-lactam contamination. We have developed and validated an analytical method for detecting trace amounts of beta-lactam and can coordinate swab testing of manufacturing and storage areas to demonstrate control. We can also advise on facility design and procedural controls to assure compliance with FDA expectations for beta-lactam cross-contamination control and isolation.…/Guidances/UCM246958.pdf

For more information on developing appropriate manufacturing controls and further clarity on FDA expectations for non-penicillin beta-lactam drugs, please contact LexaMed.

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