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FDA Prioritizes ANDA for Valsartan to Avert Shortage

On March 12, 2019, the FDA approved an ANDA for Valsartan “to help relieve the recent shortage of this critical medicine as a result of multiple recalls of generic valsartan products from several manufacturers due to the finding that certain lots of Valsartan and other ARB medicines contain nitrosamine impurities.”  The Agency prioritized the ANDA’s approval but is it not yet clear how quickly the FDA approved the ANDA or when it was submitted as it is not yet listed on the approval site or in the Orange Book.

Compounder of Sterile Products Hit with Consent Decree

A federal judge entered a consent decree to a 503A compounder of sterile drug products in Texas.  According to the FDA News Release (here), the compounding facility received repeated warnings from the FDA over a two‑year period but continued to compound sterile ophthalmic products.  “The government alleges that Guardian manufactured and distributed purportedly sterile drug products that were adulterated because the drugs were made under insanitary conditions and in violation of current good manufacturing practice requirements under the FD&C Act.  

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First Time Generic Approvals January to March 8, 2019

Each year, the OGD publishes a list of first-time generic approvals, which are defined by the agency as:

“First generics” are just what they sound like—the first approval by the FDA which permits a manufacturer to market a generic drug product in the United States.  The FDA considers first generics to be important to public health and prioritizes review of these submissions.

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Whoops! February Approval Actions at 99 or 106! But Don’t Be Fooled by the Numbers – Plus January Stat Update

Well, for the first time, our initial estimates of approval actions for a month was higher than the reported official figures, but are they really?  Don’t know exactly how that happened because our estimates are usually below the totals.  Anyway, the official figures posted today (here) were eight-two full approvals and seventeen tentative approvals.  

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Commissioner Gottlieb Resigns – A Blow to the FDA and the Health of the Nation

In my own humble opinion, Scott Gottlieb’s resignation will come as a blow to both the industry and the public health of our nation.  Dr. Gottlieb will stay in his position for about a month.  There is no speculation as to whom his replacement will be, and, while some of the news outlets cite his taxing weekly commute to Bethesda/D.C.

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Final Guidance on Bulk Drugs that Can Be Used for Compounding for 503B Outsourcing Facilities

The FDA has revised and finalized a guidance document, originally issued in draft on March 26, 2018, entitled Evaluation of Bulk Drug Substances Nominated for Use in Compounding under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (here).  After the posting of the draft guidance, the FDA says that it received approximately sixty comments from stakeholders and,

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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.

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.  

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2018 FY OGD Statistics Finalized

Late yesterday, the OGD finalized its 2018 statistical chart in its Activities Report of the Generic Drugs Program (FY 2018) Monthly Performance which can be found here.  There are some interesting figures and comparisons to previous years that are discussed below.

Let’s look at refuse-to-receive (RTR) actions to start.  FY 2018 saw the fewest RTRs since the start of GDUFA.

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AG Epinephrine Autoinjectors get 2-Month Expiration Extension to Take Pressure off Interim Shortage

The FDA announced extended use dates for 72 lots of epinephrine autoinjectors.  All of the 72 lots can be used for 2 months past the labeled expiration date, according to stability data supplied by the company and reviewed by the Agency.   FDA noted in its announcement (here) that it does not expect or require the product to be relabeled with the revised expiration date,

In an Unusual Move, FDA Reopens Comment Period on BE guidance for Sucralfate Suspension

While the FDA does appear to listen rather intently to comments on its bioequivalence (BE) draft guidances, and will occasionally reopen comment periods, it is still the exception rather than the rule.  Today a Federal Register (FR) notice (here) announced another sixty-day comment period during which such comments will be entertained.

Verification Systems Under DSCSA Draft Guidance Issues

With many of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requirements coming upon the industry soon, the FDA’s issuance of the draft guidance document, Verification Systems Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act for Certain Prescription Drugs, discusses the verification process and expectations of the Agency relative to ensuring that products are legitimate under the DSCSA.