May Approvals and Receipts and a Bit More

The official numbers of approvals and receipts are out for May 2018.  OGD fully approved 67 ANDAs (one more than last month) and tentatively approved 19 ANDAs (which was six more that we found prior to the final posting) for a total of 86 approval actions.

Given these numbers, if we straight-line the approvals for the year,

Q12 Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management Issued by the FDA

This formal ICH Guidance document (here) describes the entire post-approval lifecycle management of changes that are to be made after initial approval of a regulatory submission.

The document is quite comprehensive but, as always, because of inherent differences in the various regulatory authorities, there are limitations to its universal application.  

FDA Warns of Potential Fatal Adverse Events with the Use of Benzocaine

The FDA is urging manufacturers to stop marketing oral OTC benzocaine products for teething and infants and children younger than 2 years of age.  FDA also warns this is not just a problem with younger age groups.  The product (which is both available for teething and oral spray product for adults) can trigger methemoglobinemia shortly after use and can lead to serious and life-threatening consequences

FDA is asking all manufacturers to review labeling to include warnings about the event as they continue to monitor the situation,

Will Public Shaming Stop the Gaming of the System?

Today, the FDA published a list of innovator companies for which FDA has received requests from generic sponsors to request that the Agency intercede in obtaining samples so the generic applicant can conduct the necessary bioequivalence (BE) testing to support ANDA approval.  The FDA has taken this extraordinary approach to provide greater transparency regarding this issue.  

With Implementation of Requirements Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Rapidly Approaching, FDA issues Guidance on Waivers

Having attended several conferences where the topic of DSCSA has been discussed, and listening to leading vendors (those that provide both hardware and software) opining on how the industry is behind the eight ball in obtaining equipment and full integration, and validation due to long lead times with the number of vendors available, it appeared logical that a document on the availability of waivers might be in the cards.

MaPP 5310.3 on Expedited Review of PAS Supplements for NDAs and BLAs Tracks the Generic Process

The Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) today published a Manual of Policy and Procedures (MaPP) document titled Requests for Expedited Review of New Drug Application and Biologics License Application Prior Approval Supplements Submitted for Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Changes (here) for new drug applications and biologic license application holder that submit a prior approval supplement and seek expediated review. 

ICH Q7 cGMPs for APIs Q&A Guidance Issues

Today, FDA published guidance titled “Good Manufacturing Practice Guidance for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients – Questions and Answers.”  FDA explains that, since ICH Q7 has published, there have been many questions raised by firms, both domestic and international, requesting clarification on issues raised in the ICH document.

The Q&A document referenced above responds to those questions. 

Got Some Time on Your Hands – New Quality Guidance for MDIs and DPIs Issues

On April 18, 2018, the FDA issued a revised draft guidance on Metered Dose Inhalers and Dry Powder Inhalers titled “Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) and Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI) Products – Quality Considerations Guidance for Industry”.  The original guidance was published November 13, 1998.  The revision spans some 50 pages of discussion about critical quality attributes,

Paragraph IV Certifications Last 4 Plus Years

Almost everyone in the generics industry is familiar with the FDA Paragraph IV database (aka list).  As described by the Agency, the list is published “[a]s part of its ongoing efforts to assist generic drug applicants in preparing their applications, FDA regularly publishes a list of drug products for which an ANDA has been received by the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) containing a Paragraph IV patent certification.