Pharmacy Compounding in the News Again – Difficult to Compound List – A Long Time Coming

Looks like FDA is nearing the end of the daunting task of developing and (soon hopefully) publishing a “Difficult to Compound List” that has been in the works for nearly 17 years. At a meeting on July 13 and 14, 2000, an advisory committee on compounding (specifically, the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee [PCAC]) provided FDA advice about the Agency’s efforts to develop a list of drugs that present demonstrable difficulties for compounding under section 503A of the FD&C Act (version in effect in 2000).  

Child-Resistant Packaging – FDA Issues Labeling Guidance

The question of where, when, and how to label a product, whether it be a prescription drug, OTC product under an approved application, or an OTC product marketed under the monograph system has always been kind of a guessing game for manufacturers, packagers, and repackagers.  Now, a new Guidance titled “Child-Resistant Packaging Statements in Drug Product Labeling” answers many of those questions and provides guidance as to how to be in compliance with the FDA regulatory scheme.

User Fee Bills Need to be Paid but Reauthorization of User Fees Needs to be Passed – SOON!

FDA was hoping to have the User Fee Bill passed and to begin work on publishing fees and the accompanying Federal Register Notices that must go out ahead of the September 30 expiration of the funding measures.  Remember, FDA must have legislation in place in order to request the fees, collect the fees, and spend the new money that comes in for the fees. 

FDA issues Q&A Guidance on GDUFA Self-Identification and Other Important Issues

Today, OGD released an updated version of a Q&A document entitled, “Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012: Questions and Answers: Related to Self-Identification of Facilities, Review of Generic Drug Submissions, and Inspections and Compliance”.  This document provides FDA responses to many questions that have been raised by industry during the administration of GDUFA I.

Proposed Labeling Rule Shifts to Long Term Action on HHS/FDA Agenda

The controversial rule that would “amend the regulations regarding new drug applications (NDAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), and biologics license application (BLAs) to revise and clarify procedures for changes to the labeling of an approved drug to reflect certain types of newly acquired information in advance of FDA’s review of such change” has shifted to long-term actions on the HHS unified agenda (here). 

Public Meeting on Balance of Hatch-Waxman – Some Observations

On Tuesday July 18, 2017, the FDA held a public meeting entitled, “Administering the Hatch-Waxman Amendments: Ensuring a Balance Between Innovation and Access”.  The meeting’s purpose was “intended to provide the public an opportunity to submit comments concerning administration of the Hatch-Waxman Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to help ensure the intended balance between encouraging innovation in drug development and accelerating the availability to the public of lower cost alternatives to innovator drugs is maintained.”

While there were a number of presentations which can be accessed through the CDER web site once the transcript is published (see here) the themes of each presentation were very similar. 

MaPP Revision for Publication of Drug Product Approval Information

The Manual of Policies and Procedures  (MaPP) 4520.1 entitled Communicating Drug Approval Information, underwent revisions and the new revised MaPP was published today.  While it’s     current revision history notes the following change – “Decreased the time for webmaster to post change from three to two business days, for approved labeling for drug approvals”, everyone interested in FDA product approval should become familiar with the contents of this MaPP last revised in 2014. 

Is Your Instrumentation Qualified for Intended Use?

The USP is planning to revise their USP<1058> Analytical Instrument Qualification Chapter, August 01, 2017. The planned principal changes to USP<1058> are as follows:

  1. The revised USP chapter introduces the concept of a user-driven risk assessment to establish the level of integrated instrument qualification to demonstrate “fitness for purpose” of the instrument.

Firm Decides to Remove Opana ER from the Market – What Do I Know?

On Thursday as I was giving a talk to a firm about the abuse-deterrent drug landscape and potential for the future, the firm that makes and markets Opana ER was announcing that it was agreeing to remove its product from the marketplace in accord with the FDA recommendations.

During the presentation, I was   asked by one participant what I thought the maker of Opana ER would do. 

It’s Official – OGD Sets Record for Approval Actions

In just-released figures on the Activities Report of the Generic Drug Program FY 2017, the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) announced what amounts to a record number of approval actions since the beginning of the GDUFA program and beat the estimated record reported here just a few days ago. This report shows not only the highest total of total approval actions (100) in a month,

Pharmacy Compounding in The News Again

Congress has introduced the Compounded Drug Access Bill, H.R. 2871.  This blog article only addresses the first four sections of H.R. 2871, “Preserving Patient Access to Compounded Medications Act of 2017”.

Here we go again with another introduced bill for pharmacy compounding. This six-page bills title (above) purports to “preserve” patients’ access to compounded drugs and alludes that the current Act Drug Safety and Security Act of 2014 (DQSA) may deny patient access to compounded drugs.