The University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals


University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals and Ceptaris Therapeutics, Inc.

University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP) is pleased to report that its client, Ceptaris Therapeutics, Inc., a privately held, specialty pharmaceutical company, announced on August 26th that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing approval for VALCHLOR™ (mechlorethamine) gel 0.016%, a product that will be commercially manufactured by UIP.

Ceptaris Therapeutics, Inc. contracted with UIP to scale-up, manufacture, and test this product and be the commercial manufacturer for marketed product.    This is the second commercial prescription product approved for a UIP client in the past 4 years.  In 2009, a UIP client received approval for a New Molecular Entity (NME) in an injectable dosage form.  The FDA only approved 20 NMEs in 2009.  Ceptaris’ approval is approximately the nineteenth FDA approval for a ‘new dosage form’ in 2013 per the FDA’s website, Drugs@FDA.

UIP Featured in newscast

Quad Cities station KWQC recently featured a newscast that included uip

The focus of the news article was a family's efforts to organize and facilitate efforts to develop new drugs for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. As part of this effort UIP was approached by Halo Therapeutics in 2012 to develop a formulation for and manufacture a potential therapy for use in clinical trials. These tasks were completed, clinical trials are in progress, and efforts to further the development of this drug product are ongoing. Click here to view the news article called Charlie's Fund.


University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals MANUFACTURING FACILITY Passes Non-Sterile TOPICAL Drug Product Pre-Approval Inspection WITH NO 483 ITEMS

In December 2011, the Kansas City District Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted a recommendation of approval to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for The University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP) to manufacture a topical non-sterile prescription drug product for a commercial client. The drug is intended for the treatment of a rare form of cancer. This recommendation followed an FDA Pre-Approval Inspection of UI Pharmaceutical's facilities and procedures and review of the product’s manufacturing and testing procedures described in the client’s New Drug Application. The inspection covered current Good Manufacturing Practices and specific information related to the manufacture and testing of the product.  UI Pharmaceuticals’ manufacturing facility received no 483 items as a result of this inspection.  "This accomplishment validates the significant enhancements UI Pharmaceuticals has made in its quality systems and breadth of services to support our goal of providing contract services for new pharmaceutical products from inception through commercial launch and beyond," said Mickey Wells, Ph.D., director of UI Pharmaceuticals. This FDA approval represents the third approval in the past 28 months for UI Pharmaceuticals to provide manufacturing and/or analytical testing services to clients in support of commercial products. "UI Pharmaceuticals looks forward to continuing to work with client organizations to support their formulation development, clinical trial and commercial product manufacturing and testing needs," said Donald Letendre, Ph.D., dean of the UI College of Pharmacy.




The University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals (UIP) is the largest and most experienced university-affiliated FDA-registered pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the United States.
  • UIP has been developing formulations, manufacturing products, and conducting analytical testing in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for almost 40 years!
  • The facility is the only one of its kind offering the range and scope of services needed by commercial clients.
  • Virtually every type of dosage form can be produced.
  • UIP serves a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and has performed work for pharmaceutical companies throughout the United States and the world. Additionally, UIP has performed work for numerous government agencies, including the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, and Food and Drug Administration.
  • UIP is an FDA-registered facility compliant with 21 CFR parts 11, 210, and 211, licensed by the DEA to handle controlled substances (Schedules I - V), and capable of handling potent/cytotoxic materials.
  • UIP has produced numerous products for use in the EU and passed numerous QP audits.
  • QP release services are available through Russell Thomson of TPQ Consultancy.


Please call or send an e-mail to discuss project needs, schedule a visit and tour, or audit our facilities and procedures. For more information please contact either of the following contacts:

Mickey L. Wells, Ph.D.,
UIP Director
E-mail: mickey-wells@uiowa.edu

Randy R. Yeates, R. Ph., M.B.A.,
Director, Business Development
E-mail: randhall-yeates@uiowa.edu

The University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals
College of Pharmacy
115 South Grand Avenue, G-20
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: (319) 335-8674
Fax: (319) 335-9418

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