May Monthly ANDA Approval Information – But the Wait is On!

Information on the FDA’s Monthly Approval Report (here)  is usually not complete.  Typically, there may be up to a 5-10% discrepancy (lower than actual) in the numbers of Approvals and Tentative Approvals reported.  The discrepancy improves over time but seldom do the numbers actually match the reported number of approval actions on the Activities Report of the Generic Drug Program for the same month. 

Stick it to Me!

Today, the FDA announced the availability of a draft Guidance titled “Assessing Adhesion with Transdermal Delivery Systems and Topical Patches for Abbreviated New Drug Applications” (here).  The document discusses the way in which sponsors should document the adhesion of their proposed product with that the of reference listed drug (RLD).

 We Have Heard of Pay-for-Delay, Now We Hear about Pay for Pain

We have all read about the issue of pay-for-delay, where a generic company gets something in return for a patent settlement and agrees not to market a product for a period of time.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is aggressively pursuing such cases as anticompetitive,but that is a topic for another day.  Now we may have a pay-for-pain proposition floating around Congress. 

Will There be a Plan B for Plan B?

Is there a reason to believe that the emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel (LNG), most popularly known as Plan B, may not be as effective in women that weigh more than 165 pounds or have a body mass index > 25kg/m2?  According to FDA in a Question and Answers document (here) posted on the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) webpage yesterday,

FDA’s Most Recent Delay on the Generic Drug Labeling Rule Bodes Well for Industry (Hopefully)?

There are obviously two schools of thought on the Proposed Rule that would permit generic companies to unilaterally update their labeling to include new safety information.   On the consumer advocacy side, and from FDA’s view, it will improve patient safety (but personally I don’t see how).  But when you look at the Proposed Rule (as we have done here,  

Can Prescription Prenatal Vitamins Be Medical Food?  FDA Says No!

The debate about whether prenatal vitamins are a medical food seems to have been clearly addressed once and for all in a revised Question and Answers Guidance entitled “Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Foods; Second Edition” (here).  Among other issues addressed in the Q&A document, FDA clearly states its position that prenatal vitamins are not considered to be medical foods. 

Let’s Not Mix Apples with Oranges

I have been attempting to compare backlog numbers, receipts of new ANDAs and applications that are in the hands of industry for response to FDA’s Complete Response Letters (CRLs), and it has been quite a struggle.  But I think I’ve got it now, and I hope I am right! The way the “backlog” used to be counted pre-GDUFA was simply ANDAs that were pending at OGD.

What’s a Mother to Do?

We are not entirely sure how FDA makes its decisions to revise a BE Guidance document, but we are clearly in the dark as to how and when the FDA decision to require firms to repeat BE studies using the revised recommendation are made. I am sure that FDA will (as they have with certain products) tell a firm when it is absolutely necessary to repeat a study using a new BE recommendation, but FDA does not do this in all instances. What are the criteria for FDA’s decision making process?

FDA Seeking Comments on User Fees for OTC Review


In a Federal Register (FR) Notice published today, FDA indicates that it is seeking comments from the industry and the public on a potential user fee program to support an efficient over-the-counter (OTC) to support the OTC monograph review process.

FDA notes that, while overall aspects of the drug, biologics and device review process are funded in part by user fees,

ANDA Receipts in April 2016


The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) received 55 original ANDAs in April 2016, the third highest number of receipts in the 8 months of FY 2016.  The two higher months were December 2015 (180) and March 2016 (114).  OGD has received a total of 527 ANDA or an average of just a little over 75 (75.3) ANDAs/month so far this FY. 

FDA Announces Approval of Brand Name Change

As we reported here back in July 2015, FDA has warned patients and healthcare professionals about a potential look-alike, sound-alike naming issue with an antidepressant Brintellix (vortioxetine) and Brilinta (ticagrelor), a blood thinning agent.

Yesterday, FDA announced that they had approved a name change for the antidepressant product to Trintellix.  This change hopefully will help avoid medication errors for these products that previously had sound-alike and look-alike names. 

April Approval Actions Steady for FY 2016

The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) fully approved (AP) 53 ANDAs and issued 16 Tentative Approvals (TAs) in the month of April.  Thus far in FY 2016, OGD approved a total of 399 ANDAs averaging 57 a month-a 29% increase over FY 2015’s average of 41 a month.

Tentative Approvals in FY 2016 total 109 through the first 7 month of the FY,