WHO Expert Committee on Specifications for Pharmaceutical Preparations
Thirty-ninth Report
Technical Report Series, No 929
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241209298 ISBN-10    9241209291
Order Number    11000929 Format    E-book collection (PDF)
Price    CHF    35.00 / US$    42.00 Developing countries:    CHF    24.50
English     2005        140   pages
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This report presents the recommendations of an international group of experts convened by the World Health Organization to consider matters concerning the quality assurance of pharmaceuticals and specifications for drug substances and dosage forms. Important topics were addressed, such as regulatory guidance on interchangeability of medicines, fix-dose combinations: how to regulate them, new guidance in the area of good manufacturing practices (GMP) and stability testing and counterfeit medicines. In addition some 12 new monographs for antiretrovirals, 6 new ones on TB drugs, including 2-, 3- and 4-fixed-dose preparations, as well as monographs for antimalarial medicines are discussed in detail. Seven new specifications for antiretrovirals were adopted.

The report also includes newly International Chemical Reference Substances for the series of artemisinin derivatives. The following new WHO guidelines were adopted and are annexed to the report: GMP: requirement for the sampling of starting materials, (amendment to current text), GMP: water for pharmaceutical use, guideline for sampling of pharmaceuticals and related materials, guidelines for registration of fixed-dose combination medicinal products.