I must honestly say that there is not a lot that stands out in this update for the December ”Activities Report of the Generic Drug Program Monthly Performance” that we have not either already commented on, or where there appears to be a significant trend, albeit there are a couple of issues that we point out for further scrutiny when more data for this FY is available.
Here we are on January 29th and so far this month, there have been only 12 ANDAs approved and one tentative approval which have been posted on FDA daily approvals list. This month, January 23rd tops the number of approvals with 3 approvals listed. In previous months, we have seen as many as 11 approved on a single day.
FDA listed 106, either new or draft and/or revised draft guidances that it plans to issue in CY 2018. This is quite an ambitious agenda! This is a yearly exercise that FDA does and they have a tendency to come close to meeting their projections; be sure to review the entire list (here) to see if some of your interests will be met or augmented by some additional Agency guidance.
On January 11, 2018, we went out on a limb prognosticating that the very low numbers of ANDA approvals in January might be linked to a new USP requirement on documentation of elemental impurities that went into effect January 1st (see post here). Since that time, the number of approvals has jumped from 2 to 4 (as posted on the FDA All Approvals site [here] through January 16th) but,
The FDA announced today that they are revising labeling to remove any indication for codeine or hydrocodone-containing cough cold products for use in patient under the age of 18. The FDA Safety Communication (here) states:
“We are taking this action after conducting an extensive review and convening a panel of outside experts.
Here it is, 11 days into January 2018, and so far this month (at least at the last check this morning) OGD had approved only two ANDAs. Could it be that they pushed so many out in the first quarter of FY 2018 that there were none left to cross the finish line in early January,
The proverbial title of a 1962 hit song by Petula Clark is something that piqued my curiosity today. And yes, I am that old (I was 13 when that song came out and I loved to play with my pet dinosaur). Anyway, I digress! The reason I bring up “Never on Sunday” is, because, as I flip through the FDA’s All Approvals list,
Well, the first quarter of approval actions for original ANDA and receipts are in the books. We reported late last week that OGD fully approved 78 ANDAs and tentatively approved 19 ANDAs – well, we were as close as we ever have been, estimating using numbers derived from various FDA statistical reports… and the official numbers for November 2018 are – 78 full ANDA approvals and 20 ANDA tentative approvals for a total of 98 approval actions.
To reiterate our post of December 27, 2017 (here), please start working on your one time report on the marketing status of your products listed in the Orange Book. The deadline is approaching and FDA even republished its advice to industry (here) again today!
Don’t be left without a retort – be sure to submit your report!
While OGD has not published the official numbers for December 2017, it appears from the FDA All Approvals list (here) that OGD fully approved 78 ANDAs and tentatively approved 19, for a total of 97 approval actions. While this is slightly lower than the previous two months of FY 2018, it is to be expected,
Today, the FDA issued a draft guidance entitled “Good ANDA Submission Practices” (here) along with a new Manual of Policy and Procedure (MaPPs) 5241.3, entitled “Good ANDA Assessment Practices: Manual of Policies and Procedures.” These establish good ANDA assessment practices for the Office of Generic Drugs and the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality to increase their operational efficiency and effectiveness.
It has been quite a while since FDA totally updated the class labeling guidance for combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC). FDA notes “this newer CHC labeling may be different from the labeling for some older CHC products. The updates to this guidance set forth labeling recommendations that represent newer class labeling that should be included in all CHC prescribing information consistent with the labeling requirements set forth in the PLR and PLLR (21 CFR 201.56 and 201.57)…” There have been some minor modifications such as the “Content and Format of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products;
After the glow of the holiday season, and after the big bowl games and national football championship, you better get the team prepared to file your one-time report of the marketing status of every one of your NDA and ANDA products.
FDARA requires every firm to submit the one time written report telling FDA if:
- the NDA or ANDA holder’s drug(s) in the active section of the Orange Book are available for sale;
It is interesting that the FDA provides reports of first generic approvals by calendar year, but activity by fiscal year. Today we will look at the last 5 calendar years of first approvals and try to make some assumptions of what these numbers reflect in the scheme of generic approvals in general.
Here we are, at the end of another busy year. As a matter of fact, this blog is celebrating its 5th year of missives that we hope have provided you a different perspective into the world of FDA, along with some laughs along the way. It has been a pleasure sharing all the ups and downs,