OGD just released its March 2018 ANDA Approvals and receipts data. The results are even stronger than reported earlier (here). March officially saw 56 full approvals and 11 tentative approvals, a few more than we saw on April 3rd, as the databases became fully populated over the next few days. None of the approvals or tentative approvals were reported as first cycle approvals in the March report.
Before we get to the guessing game, for those of you who are not familiar with the term, let’s define what an Authorized Generic (AG) is. Most commonly, an AG is a brand name drug that is marketed without the brand name. It may be marketed directly by the NDA holder or by a third party.
March approvals appear to be moving in the right direction as firms, apparently, are catching up with elemental impurity issues and their amendments are working their way through the review and approval process. Unofficial March ANDA approval numbers taken from the Recent New and Generic Drug Approvals list (here) show 50 full approvals and 10 tentative approvals.
It has been just about 11.5 years since FDA approved an OTC version of MiraLAX and the innovator withdrew the Rx-labeled NDA product from the market. Why did it take this long? Other than the fact that ANDAs approved prior to the approval of the OTC version were making significant profits, there were differences between how the ANDA applicants and the FDA viewed the change in labeling.
Everyone associated with generic drug submission realizes that generic companies that want to market a copy of a drug product prior to the expiration of a patent must file a patent challenge to existing patents (a so-called Paragraph IV [“PIV”] challenge). FDA updates its list of PIV submissions so other firms will know the date of a first filer.
Under Section 902 of the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017, the FDA is required to annually publicly report information regarding certain statistics on inspections of facilities associated with the approval of drugs and devices and the impact that they might have had on delaying applications. The calendar year 2017 report has recently issued and the full report can be found here.
Despite being the co-leader and taking the number one or two spots in Warning Letters received with India for the last few years, China had made great strides in obtaining ANDA approvals. According to an article by Jin Zhang M.D., Ph.D, on PharmaExec.com (here), Chinese firms received 38 ANDA approvals in 2017 (that is 5% of all approvals for the for FY 2017),
Today, the AAM is providing written testimony to the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health addressing Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions, the full text of which can be accessed through the AAM website (here ).
The testimony addresses the following major points.
- It is critical that we combat the misuse of prescription medication while maintaining legitimate,
Since January 2018, the number of ANDA approvals has slowed dramatically. In the first three months of FY 2018 (beginning in October 2017), ANDA approvals were averaging 83 a month. The monthly average for January and February was 28.5.
We know that the slowdown in approvals was due in large part to the change in documentation requirements for elemental impurities (EI) in all applications.
Today, the FDA released a new report titled Activities Report of the Generic Drugs Program (FY 2018) – GDUFA II Quarterly Performance (here) which has some new figures we have not seen in any form before. The new information includes mean and median approval time by cohort action for both original and tentative approvals (see chart below).
Even though the slowdown in ANDA approvals, attributable to the issues of elemental impurities, has dampened the first two month of 2018 (here), the number of first-time generic ANDA approvals seems to be higher than would be expected. FDA reported 10 first-time generics (note that there may be multiple reports for the same drug if multiple applicants obtain approval on the same day) through March 8,
The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) posted its updated Dashboard for ANDA workload activity on Friday. The new posting is current through the first quarter of FY 2018 as of January 1, 2018.
Original ANDA Activity for Pre-GDUFA Year 3 Application Cohort
Total Original ANDA Workload Activity for All Unapproved Applications
As noted in a previous blog post (here), I did not expect ANDA approvals to reach anywhere near normal levels for a few months. Since that post, OGD has posted a few more approval actions; the official numbers for February were reported today at 32 full approvals and 5 tentative approvals (as opposed to 29 and 4,
Even with this season’s flu season past its peak, FDA is warning consumers about potential fraudulent product touted as curing or lessening the flu. The FDA health fraud alert (here) warns consumers to be aware of fraudulent product claiming to treat, prevent, or lessen flu symptoms. In addition, they also warn patients to be wary of online pharmacy sites that may offer unapproved or fraudulent anti-viral products.
According to the FDA all Approvals list (here), approvals for February 2018 did inch up a bit to 29 full approvals and 4 tentative approvals, but they are still far below the OGD norm. We had previously predicted that it would take about 3 months before the approval train got back on track,