Today, the FDA announced a change in labeling requirements for all Fentanyl Transdermal Systems in an effort to prevent inadvertent overdose. FDA is also warning patients and caregivers to dispose of patches properly, and warning that patches that do not adhere properly to the patient might fall off and accidentally adhere to another person, such as a child or a caregiver, or even a pet, and, based on the amount of drug left in the patch (should this occur), could cause death!
GPhA filed a Citizens Petition on September 19, asking FDA to implement its INN naming policy equally to all biologics, and, in the Petition, articulated all the arguments as to why this is a necessity for future biosimilars being approved by FDA.
IntelGenx Corporation of Saint Laurent, Quebec, Canada submitted petition FDA-2013-P-1058 (here) on August 22, 2013, asking the FDA to designate its Rizatriptan Oral Film product as AB rated (or therapeutically equivalent [TE]) when approved to Maxalt-MLT Orally Disintegrating Tablets, the reference listed drug (RLD) cited in its 505(b)(2) application. The fact that the two products might perform similarly does not overcome the fact that the products are different dosage forms.
Since December 22, 2007, the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act has required that serious adverse event information be reported to FDA for dietary supplements and OTC drugs not approved through a new drug application. There are many questions that can come up as soon as you dig a little deeper into what is required. Some answers will be provided here, but these are meant only to call attention to the potential complexity and depth of these requirements.
On September 9, 2013, the FDA published a draft guidance designed to provide current agency thinking on the methods and testing necessary to establish bioequivalence between the reference listed drug (RLD) and the generic powder for inhalation.
Today, the FDA released Revision 1 to the Draft Guidance to Industry: Generic Drug User Fee Amendment of 2012: Questions and Answers. This 36 page document contains additional questions and answers (as well as clarifications) to some of the issues raised in the original draft guidance issued on August 22, 2012.
Oftentimes, over the years when I was working at the FDA, policy decisions were made way above my pay grade that did not really have buy-in from us program folks. In my further review of the FDA’s Draft Q&A Guidance on the implementation of the new stability requirements, I wondered if program and policy were singing the same tune on the issue of amendments (and supplements) to abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) submitted prior to the June 20,
The FDA has announced on the Federal Register (FR) prepublication page the availability (tomorrow) and publication of two documents that will be of significant interest to the industry.
Today the FDA issued the long awaited Guidance to Industry: ANDAs Stability of Drug Substances and Drug Products in draft answering questions the public submitted relative to the final ANDA stability guidance document issued September 25, 2012.
Ever since the meningitis outbreak associated with the products from the New England Compounding Center, the FDA and the States have been taking a closer look at this segment of the industry. So far, in 2013 alone, the FDA has issued 51 Safety Alerts for Human Medical Products, of which 17 (33%) related to sterile pharmacy compounded products and/or laboratories that tested those products for sterility and/or potency. In addition, FDA has taken 54 separate actions against compounding pharmacies in 2013 alone, with only 24 actions taken in the previous 5 years.