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Happy Holidays from All of Us at Lachman

I can’t believe another year has slipped away already. Seems like yesterday I was writing the holiday blog for 2015 and here we are again.  This year brought us the renegotiations of all of the UFAs, the largest number of Generic Drug approval since the new counting system went into effect (for those of you who don’t know what I am talking about – you are too young,

Michael L. Keech, M.B.A. New Head of Business Strategy at Lachman Consultant Services, Inc.

We are pleased to announce that Michael Keech will join Lachman Consultants as Head of Business Strategy, effective January 3, 2017.

Mr. Keech comes to Lachman Consultants as a seasoned Quality, Compliance and Manufacturing professional who has worked in the Life Sciences field for over 25 years. Mr. Keech has helped global corporations transform into world-class organizations by providing strategic and tactical guidance on regulatory requirements and compliant solutions involving the clinical and commercial manufacture/control for pharmaceutical,

Linda Evans O’Connor, M.B.A. Promoted to Head of Business Processes and Regulatory at Lachman Consultant Services, Inc.

We are pleased to announce that Linda Evans O’Connor, M.B.A. has been promoted to Head of Business Processes and Regulatory at Lachman Consultant Services, Inc. Ms. Evans O’Connor will continue in her recognized leadership role as part of the Compliance Practice and will oversee the administrative activities of the Regulatory Department as well as support the on-going development of the Lachman brand and marketing strategy.

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Revised RTR Guidance – Merry Christmas!

Today, FDA released a second revision to the ANDA Submissions – Refuse-to-Receive Standards, here,  a holiday present to all.  OGD noted that the RTR rate hovered between 10-14% over the last few years and a total of 379 ANDAs (not related to failure to pay required GDUFA fees) have been RTR-ed ANDAs during FY 2013 through FY 2015. 

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Boxed Warning for Serious Mental Health Issues Removed from Chantix and Zyban Labeling

Back in April 2016, we posted a blog regarding the potential for the FDA to remove the Black Box warning on two products indicated to help patients stop smoking based on a large clinical study that the FDA required.  At that time when the studies were submitted, the Agency indicated it would review the results and make a final determination. 

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FDA Publishes List of First Bulk Drug Substances for 503A Compounding

The FDA issued a Proposed Rule (here) that announced the first additional 6 bulk drug substances for inclusion on the listing of bulk drug substances acceptable for pharmacy compounding, although they are neither the subject of an applicable United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), nor National Formulary (NF) monograph, nor components of FDA-approved drugs.

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Approve Drugs for Safety Only – it’s Like “Back to the Future” – Not for Me

I usually don’t comment on political issues, but I am happy to take on this argument with zeal. While listening to the concept of FDA going back to the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act’s “safety only” approval provision over the last few weeks, I have sat quietly until my blood boiled over. I read a very responsible piece by Ed Silverman this morning (here) and it moved me off my couch and to my computer because I just had to say something.

Daniel Barreto, New Vice President, Compliance Practice at Lachman Consultant Services, Inc.

We are pleased to announce that Daniel Barreto will join Lachman Consultants as Vice President, Compliance Practice, effective December 12, 2016.

Mr. Barreto comes to Lachman Consultants with nearly four decades of extensive international experience in the pharmaceutical industry developing and implementing quality strategies and programs to support a continuous state of compliance and consistent state of inspection readiness.

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Quality Agreements a “Must Have” for Use of CMO

 

The recently issued Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements Guidance document (here) states that the FDA considers that the owner’s (those who engage the services of the contract facilities) Quality Unit responsibility includes approving or rejecting the contract facility’s product or service (be it for testing,

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Happy Holidays – FDA Issues Highly Anticipated Revised Quality Metrics Guidance

On Thanksgiving Eve, FDA issued the revised Quality Metrics Guidance. Is the revised document something for industry to be thankful for? Let’s break it down:

  • Allowance for a phased-in, voluntary approach – This is something that many industry groups have been asking for, since the burden, as well as the complexity of collecting metrics from large,