FDA Publishes a Bonanza of Regulatory Documents on Biotech Products – a Deeper Dive

Many thanks to the FDA for publishing several important new and revised guidances and a proposed rule related to the Biopharmaceutical industry this week.  These include a finalized version of the “Deemed to be a License” Guidance for industry (here) with several important revisions and additions relative to the previously published draft,

FDA Withdraws Proposed Labeling Rule – Finally!

After just over five years, the FDA is officially withdrawing its controversial proposed labeling rule for generic drugs.  The advance publication notice in the Federal Register can be found (here).  The proposed rule would have permitted ANDA holders to unilaterally revise its labeling via a CBE-0 supplement to include new or different safety information or warnings. 

Revision to Data Integrity Guidance Issues

Today, the FDA made final and released a revision to a 2016 draft guidance titled Data Integrity and Compliance With Drug CGMP Questions and Answers (here).  The document was revised “based on comments made to the draft as well as requests for FDA thinking on current best practices and additional examples.”

The guidance does have additional examples and clarifying language. 

Q&A Document on the Transition of Certain Protein Products Approved Under Section 505 of the Act to Deemed Approved Licensed Product

Well, since the first draft guidance on the “deemed approved” transition provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act), we have been waiting to learn more about the specific process and for answers to a number of questions.  FDA just issued a second revision of the question and answers document (here). 

FDA Revises 503B cGMP Guidance for Outsourcing Compounders

On Monday, the FDA revised the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice—Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the FD&C Act Guidance” (here).  The initial draft guidance issued in 2014.

According to the Federal Register Notice that announced the guidance revision (here), the FDA notes that “[t]his revised draft guidance reflects the FDA’s intent to recognize the differences between outsourcing facilities and conventional drug manufacturers and to tailor CGMP requirements to the nature of the specific compounding operations conducted by outsourcing facilities while maintaining the minimum standards necessary to protect patients from the risks of contaminated or otherwise substandard drug products.” The FR Notice also provides additional background on its thinking in making the revisions to the draft guidance.

November- Another Good Month

Dr. Kathleen (Cook) Uhl said there would be good months and not-so-good months. Well, although the official numbers for November are not yet posted, it looks like OGD will have another good month.  Not a record breaker, but close, unless there are at least 4 more not yet reported approval actions lurking somewhere in the IT reporting system. 

OGD Issues Guidance on Post-Complete Response Letter Meetings

The Office of Generic Drugs has issued a guidance titled “Post-Complete Response Letter Meetings Between FDA and ANDA Applicants Under GDUFA” (here) that addresses OGD expectations, procedures for obtaining such meetings, and timeline for scheduling and having the meetings.  As the FDA notes in the guidance: “FDA will only grant post-CRL meeting requests that pose questions to clarify identified deficiencies.