22 New and 41 Revised BE Guidance Documents Posted!  AAM Continues to Voice Same Concerns

While we are thankful for the FDA’s work on issuing bioequivalence guidance documents, we worry about the impact of the constant and sometimes significant revisions to previously issued draft or final bioequivalence guidance recommendations on the review and approval process.  It seems that we are not alone!

In remarks made at the November 27th FDA meeting “Identifying the Root Causes of Drug Shortages and Finding Enduring Solutions”,

Did Someone Forget User Fees?

I just read the Association for Accessible Medicines’ (AAM) White Paper entitled “Ensuring the Future of Accessible Medicines in the U.S.,  Avoiding Shortages & Ensuring Competition for America’s Patients” (here) that is being entered into the record at the FDA-sponsored meeting  Identifying the Root Causes of Drug Shortages and Finding Enduring Solutions held on November 27th in Washington DC.

Businessman Standing With A Target On His Back

Do Dietary Supplements Have a Target on Their Backs?

In a statement released by the FDA (here), the Agency cited warning letters to two “companies for the illegal marketing of products labeled as dietary supplements that contain tianeptine, a chemical compound that companies are illegally claiming treats opioid use disorder (OUD), pain and anxiety, and other unlawful and unproven claims.”  The Agency noted that the ingredient has been the subject of numerous report of serious adverse drug events.

Annual Report on Postmarketing Requirements and Commitments Shows Continued Progress

Congress has long been concerned that firms were not meeting their requirements for timely completion of postmarketing requirements and commitments (PMRS/PMCs) made at time of approval or post-approval in supplemental applications.  In 2007, Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) and, on September 27, 2007, the President signed the legislation into law.

Holiday Turkey Dinner

The Turkey Thanksgiving Blog

Every year at this time, we all ponder and are asked about what we are thankful for.  It goes without saying, family, good health for all we love and peace on earth.  We are all blessed in some way or another and we all have that one thing that stands out.  Make your standout thing special this year!

Official October OGD Numbers Are In, and Yes,  Another Record!

While we had underestimated approvals and slightly overestimated Tentative Approvals in our November 1 post (here)  on this topic, nevertheless, OGD beat the old record of 126 for total approval actions in a month by 2.  OGD fully approved 110 ANDAs and tentatively approved 18 ANDAs for a total of 128 ANDA approval actions starting off FY 2019 with a bang!

An Old Friend, Newly Designed, Comes Back to the OTC Asthma Market

I remember in the “old days” back in the 70’s, before most of you may have been born, Primatene Mist containing epinephrine, was a life saver as an OTC medicine for mild asthma.  Why did it disappear from pharmacy shelves?  Because it contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant.  As you know, CFCs were banned, and phased out of the market in 2011 in an effort to help protect the ozone layer under the Montreal Convention.

FDA Collection of Information FR Notice Provides Some Interesting Estimates

The Federal Register’s (FR) pre-publication page today contained an interesting proposed renewal for the collection of information for Registration of Producers of Drugs and Listing of Drugs in Commercial Distribution (here).  The notice states that:

Establishment registration information helps FDA identify who is manufacturing, repacking, relabeling, and salvaging drugs and where those operations are performed.  

Are We in Harmony Yet?

The Fourth Annual Global Regulatory Affairs CMC Conference was held in Philadelphia on October 29‑30, 2018.  The conference focused on successful developmental and post-market CMC operations and product lifecycle management tactics, based on better understanding of U.S. and global regulatory requirements for small molecules and biologics.

Talking of life -cycle management, the current draft of ICH Q12 loomed large as the deadline for comment by most regulatory bodies of the world is in December 2018.