No Easy Solutions for Complex Generics Yet

The Complex Generic Drug Development Workshop is currently being held in Silver Spring, Maryland September 12‑13, 2018.  In her keynote address at the FDA’s Small Business and Industry Assistance (SBIA) workshop on complex generic drug development, Kathleen Cook Uhl stated that complex drug products are critical to the care of many serious medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis,

Bitsy EVA to KASA Grande

Those of us who were around in the Regulatory Affairs field during the late 90s probably remember the glory days of ESD, EVA, and CDOC, following the years of page-stamping in hallways that resembled assembly lines.  Then came EVA, which was part of a system called the Electronic Submission Program, which was in turn, part of a larger strategy for electronic regulatory submission and review at the FDA.

FDA Without Borders! Modernization of Drug Review Office

Janet Woodcock, M.D., Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research recently proposed changes to CDER’s new drug regulatory program.  The proposals (here) include regulatory and review process changes, as well as organizational restructuring.  The drive behind these changes are to free up resources so that the reviewers have more time to focus on drug development.  

From Global Leader to Global Authority!

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a record number of generic drugs in the U.S. during the fiscal year (FY) that ended on September 30, 2017, with Indian companies accounting for nearly 40% of the approvals.  While the FDA’s report does not give details country-wise, an industry analysis (here) of the monthly generic drug approvals company-wise indicated that Indian companies received a total of 295 out of 763 approvals. 

Learning the GDUFA II Language

Although the generic industry has come a long way in terms of Quality-by-Design or the desired space, it is still in early stages when it comes to Dates and Abbreviations as they relate to GDUFA.  It has been a little overwhelming to the participants of this year’s Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM) Fall Technical Conference in Bethesda,

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

Giuseppe Randazzo, the Director of the Office of Program and Regulatory Operations, urged the generic industry to tell a story in a cover letter when sending a submission to FDA. Yes, that’s right.  At his presentation in Bethesda at the Association of Accessible Medicines 2017 Fall Technical Conference, Mr. Randazzo explained that a cover letter,