The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) has provided additional updates to its April 2017 metrics, as reported in the above-referenced document. Not much excitement there but notable for another low month of Refuse-to-Receive (8), which should be good news to industry. In addition, Drug Master File (DMF) reviews hit a low for this fiscal year at 44.
At the Association for Accesible Medicines (AAM) CMC workshop last week, the issue of first cycle was on a lot of people’s minds. Industry and FDA realize that the only real way to cut down on FDA workload is to get it right the first time. Industry continues to say with the constantly changing requirements and FDA expectations,
Anyone contemplating submitting a drug-device combination product like an autoinjector, prefilled syringe, transdermal patch (yes, transdermal patch), etc., should be prepared to address some of the device regulations or you will likely get a deficiency letter. (To be perfectly honest, if you get these deficiencies, I think you should push back on the FDA, but that is an individual decision you must make.)
FDA has been asking to address 21 CFR 820.20,
On May 8, 2017, the US FDA’s Center for Radiological Health announced that it will be establishing a new digital health unit under the Office of the Center Director. This is just the latest step the Agency is taking to try to keep pace with the quickly evolving and rapidly growing digital medical device industry.
Well, things do change in Washington these days on a minute by minute basis and the news cycle continues to amaze even the most skeptical of viewers. Seems like the User Fee Reauthorization is back on track after the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee rejects the call of the Secretary of HHS to reopen User Fee negotiations.
On April 27, 2017, Linda Evans O’Connor, Head of Business Processes and Regulatory, presented at the 2nd Healthcare Asia Pacific Summit 2017 in Singapore. She presented on international regulatory trends, FDA enforcement actions for foreign and domestic firms, the new US Administration and effect on expected guidances, and quality culture.
With the User Fee negotiations complete, agreed upon by both FDA and industry and proposed bills ready for mark-up, it appears that now the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Tom Price, is requesting that Congress consider raising the negotiated and agreed upon fees to be in line with the Trump budget.
The FDA today announced the addition of 21 new and 16 revisions to existing bioequivalence guidance documents. The Agency continues try to keep ahead of the curve relative to the timing of the issuance of guidance but, at the same time, is making pronouncements for some very old products as well.
Usually when a clean bill such as the User Fee legislation gets amended, it could spell trouble for the bill. However, in the case of recent bipartisan amendments to the User Fee legislation to reauthorize the User Fee Acts(UFAs), there is a clear and beneficial impact from the industry’s perspective.
The Amendment, which was paired down to remove some of the objectionable and potentially congressionally unpalatable and Agency unworkable issues (like expedited review in 150-days for certain ANDAs subject to drug shortage and where there was limited competition),
With Scott Gottlieb, M.D., winning confirmation to head the FDA yesterday, the Agency is ready to move forward to the beat of a different drummer. It will be an interesting ride and we will watch it along the way. It also looks like the User Fee legislation may make its way to law, as it looks like the last hurdles have been cleared.
Well ANDA fans, we have been trying to track ANDA approvals and tentative approvals during the month and now the FDA has given us another tool called the FDA Approved Drug Products “All Approvals” report (here) which can be run for a specific month. In addition, the FDA Approved Drug Products daily listing (here) can now be run for a 7- or 14-day period.
James Davidson, Ph.D., Vice President, Science and Technology, will be moderating a session at the Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The session, “Responding to and Remediating Data Integrity Issues in a 483 or Warning Letter’, will take place on Friday, May 5 at 12:30 PM in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,
The Office of Generic Drugs (ODG) saw the largest number of changes being effected (CBE) supplements (618) as well the largest number of prior approval supplements (PAS) (57) so far, this fiscal year. While these numbers did not break any previous records (678 CBEs in September 2016 and 71 PAS in August 2016) they certainly show a spike from past months in FY 2017.