FDA Ducks Question of the Running of 3-Year Exclusivity In Digoxin Petition Response

On August 30, 2017, the FDA responded to three older petitions all submitted by the same law firm relative to Digoxin products.  See FDA’s full response here.  The petitions addressed three basic issues: 1) 3-year Hatch-Waxman exclusivity; 2) bioequivalence requirements for this narrow therapeutic index drug; and 3) dissolution and blend uniformity requirements. 

FDANEWS Webinar: Combination Products: Managing Design Controls

Featured Speaker

Ricki Chase, Director, Lachman Consultant Services Inc. Ms. Chase is former Director of the FDA Investigations Branch, where she was responsible for all operations including inspections, investigations, sample collections, consumer complaints, import operations and emergency response programs. Ms. Chase is an expert in implementation of food and drug law, compliance law,

How Robust are Your Data Review Procedures?

The ISPE has issued a GAMP: Records and Data Integrity guide which provides principles and practical guidance on meeting current expectations for the management of GxP regulated records and data, ensuring that they are complete, consistent, secure, accurate and available throughout their lifecycle. A critical component of the data lifecycle is Data Review.

Data review should be based upon a thorough process which is defined within the procedure.

OGD Updates Workload Dashboard

On Friday. the Office of Generic Drugs released an updated version of its workload charts (here). Two of the charts are displayed below with explanation.

Total Original ANDA Workload Activity for Pre-GDUFA Year 3 Application Cohorts Thru 7/1/2017

This chart shows all pre-GDUFA year three applications (those before goal dates were assigned).

Industry Awaits Two Important OGD/OPQ Documents – Keep the Faith?

During the Hatch-Waxman meeting recently held at FDA headquarters, the new Commissioner alluded to two documents that he pledged would be issued hopefully by the end of this year.  One was a Good ANDA Assessment MaPP and the other a Good ANDA review Practices document.  In reviewing the history of the industry complaints regarding inconsistent reviews,

Don’t Guess Any Longer! Read the Guide on Ex-Date for Unit Dose Repackaged Products

For those of us that have been around a while and are well versed in the FDA’s expectations on repackaging of solid oral dosage forms into unit dose (UD) packaging, there is really nothing new in the recently published Guidance for Industry – Expiration Dating of Unit-Dose Repackaged Solid Oral Dosage Form Drug Products.  (see full guidance here). 

Pharmacy Compounding in the News Again – Difficult to Compound List – A Long Time Coming

Looks like FDA is nearing the end of the daunting task of developing and (soon hopefully) publishing a “Difficult to Compound List” that has been in the works for nearly 17 years. At a meeting on July 13 and 14, 2000, an advisory committee on compounding (specifically, the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee [PCAC]) provided FDA advice about the Agency’s efforts to develop a list of drugs that present demonstrable difficulties for compounding under section 503A of the FD&C Act (version in effect in 2000).  

Child-Resistant Packaging – FDA Issues Labeling Guidance

The question of where, when, and how to label a product, whether it be a prescription drug, OTC product under an approved application, or an OTC product marketed under the monograph system has always been kind of a guessing game for manufacturers, packagers, and repackagers.  Now, a new Guidance titled “Child-Resistant Packaging Statements in Drug Product Labeling” answers many of those questions and provides guidance as to how to be in compliance with the FDA regulatory scheme.

Article published in Contract Pharma by James Davidson, PhD

James Davidson, PhD, Vice President, Science and Technology practice, Lachman Consultants recently authored an article in Contract Pharma. The article, “Data Integrity Guidance Around the World”, reviews guidance issued by worldwide authorities (FDA, MHRA, PIC/S, and TGA) with regards to data integrity controls and the overall framework for a data governance system. The article can be found here.

User Fee Bills Need to be Paid but Reauthorization of User Fees Needs to be Passed – SOON!

FDA was hoping to have the User Fee Bill passed and to begin work on publishing fees and the accompanying Federal Register Notices that must go out ahead of the September 30 expiration of the funding measures.  Remember, FDA must have legislation in place in order to request the fees, collect the fees, and spend the new money that comes in for the fees.