FAR from Reality – Q&A Document Provides Answers to Age Old Questions

In my 44 years in the industry, I don’t think any issue has raised as many questions, caused companies to scratch their heads or raised the level of angst more than the issue of the dreaded Field Alert Report (FAR).  Well now – and finally – the FDA has issued a Q&A document that answers many of those head- scratching questions.

FDA Updates Patent Listing Disputes

When an NDA holder lists a patent in the Orange Book (OB), it sometimes appears that the patent listing use claim, or other information is challenged by prospective ANDA applicants.  FDA has updated its Listing of Patent Disputes (here) through July 13, 2018.  This is the first time that we have seen this list (maybe we were asleep at the switch),

More OTC Products Coming to a Shelf Near You?

FDA approves two types of drug products –Prescription (Rx), and Over-The-Counter (OTC).  Well, they also approve other types, i.e., Biologics etc., but for the purposes of this Blog post, it is the Rx and OTC that are applicable.

Prescription drugs require the intervention of a health care provider, and are typically for products where the patient cannot self-diagnose the condition for which the product is intended. 

Valsartan API impurity Leads to Recall of Some Products

Very seldom do we see a notice of recall that relates to a change in the manufacture or processing of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API), but that is what appears to have happened in this instance.  The FDA announcement states:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan,

Petition to Request an Exemption from 100‑Percent Identity Testing of Dietary Ingredients

“Part 111 (21 CFR part 111) establishes the minimum Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) necessary for activities related to manufacturing, packaging, labeling, or holding dietary supplements to ensure the quality of the dietary supplement.”  21 CFR 111.75(a)(1) of these regulations provides a process whereby a dietary supplement manufacturer can petition the Agency for an exemption for 100% identity testing for dietary ingredients. 

OGD Updates May 2018 Statistics

OGD updated its monthly Activities Report Of the Generic Drug Program FY 2018 for certain statistics that had not yet been posted (here). While we wait for the June 2018 official approval and receipt figures, let’s have a look at some of the interesting May statistics.

OGD reported 8 refuse-to receive (RTR) actions,

Preview of June 2018 Approvals

As far as the available numbers for ANDA approvals and tentative approvals goes, for June, it appears we will have in the neighborhood of 67 full approvals and 6 tentative approvals for the month, more or less in line with what we have seen in the past few months.  These numbers were derived from the FDA All Approvals list (here) and the FDA Approved Drug Products list of daily approvals (here).  

Final Guidance on ANDA and Supplement Amendments Hits the Newsstands

Today, as a 4th of July present, and in anticipation of celebratory fireworks, the FDA has issued a final guidance entitled ANDA Submissions – Amendments to Abbreviated New Drug Applications Under GDUFA (here).  The final guidance explains that the complex tiered amendment classification system of GDUFA I was abandoned to provide a less cumbersome and more straightforward classification of amendment types,

Outsourcing and Compounding Pharmacies Under FDA Scrutiny for Topical Pain Products, But That’s Not All

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued a statement (here) on the Agency’s continuing position related to compounded drugs for patients that cannot use an FDA approved product.  However, the bent taken in his statement leans more towards the issues of safety and efficacy, while he points to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recent healthcare fraud enforcement actions related to the use of multi-component compounded products thought to artificially increase billing rates for these compounded products.

GDUFA II Regulatory Science initiative – AAM Provides Good Advice

On June 25, 2018, the Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM) submitted comments to Docket FDA-2017-N-6644: Generic Drug User Fee Amendments Reauthorization of 2017; Regulatory Science Initiatives; Public Workshop and provided some very interesting and relevant comments and suggestions.  The full text of the AAM comments can be found here, but here is a peek into the basket of suggestions.