approved stampXellia Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on providing important anti-infective treatments against serious and often life-threatening infections, has received notice from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowing the company to commence packaging and distribution of drug products at its Cleveland (Ohio, USA) facilities.

The notice follows a successful cGMP inspection by the FDA conducted under the procedures of the Modified Consent Decree that Xellia entered into with the FDA in April 2016.

Xellia acquired the Cleveland site in November 2015. This notice demonstrates the significant progress that Xellia has made in bringing the Cleveland site back to compliance. The company can now initiate certain commercial activities at the newer part of the Cleveland site that involves labelling, secondary packaging and distribution of drug products manufactured at other sites.

As well as investing significantly in equipment upgrades and the facility design, Xellia has hired an experienced team of more than 90 employees. This will be expanded to a staff of around 170 employees during the next 12 months as the company prepares to start the production of sterile anti-infective injectable products during 2018. Xellia is working closely with the FDA to ensure this is achieved.

Carl-Åke Carlsson, CEO, Xellia said: “The permission by the FDA to commence packaging and distribution of drug products at this site is a huge achievement for the Cleveland team on our journey towards resuming sterile product manufacturing. It is testimony to the expertise and dedication of our employees who have worked tirelessly to achieve compliance at the site.”

“Once up and running, this facility will significantly increase our production capacity for sterile injectable products in the US, meeting the growing needs of our customers and helping to alleviate supply shortages for vital anti-infectives. We have already received considerable interest in our contract manufacturing services from both existing customers and new prospects,” he added.

Xellia Cleveland will operate alongside the company’s existing sterile injectables production plant in Raleigh, North Carolina and Copenhagen, Denmark. The US is an important market for Xellia, generating more than 40% of total sales in 2015.