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Pharmaceutical Components at Risk for Melamine Contamination Guidance for Industry August 2009

Issued by:
Guidance Issuing Office
Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Center for Veterinary Medicine
Office of Medical Products and Tobacco, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

This guidance is intended to alert pharmaceutical manufacturers of finished products, pharmacy compounders, repackers, and suppliers to the potential risk of melamine contamination in pharmaceutical components. In September 2008, FDA received reports from China about food articles contaminated with melamine, which have resulted in thousands of hospitalizations for kidney problems and at least three deaths. As of the date of this guidance, FDA is not aware of any pharmaceuticals that have been contaminated with melamine. However, because of the potential risk of drug contamination, it is important that manufacturers take steps to ensure that susceptible components are not contaminated with melamine.

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Submit comments on this guidance document electronically via docket ID: FDA-2013-S-0610 - Specific Electronic Submissions Intended For FDA's Dockets Management Staff (i.e., Citizen Petitions, Draft Proposed Guidance Documents, Variances, and other administrative record submissions)

If unable to submit comments online, please mail written comments to:

Dockets Management
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Rm 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

All comments should be identified with the title of the guidance.