To all of our readers – Have a happy holiday season and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. The Lachman blog will be taking a break over the holiday starting Friday, December 21st (unless something extremely urgent occurs) and I hope that all of you will rejoin me in the New Year as we follow the ever-changing landscape of FDA regulatory science,
Ricki Chase, Director, Compliance Practice, authored an article published in Medtech Insight, “How Device Makers Can Leverage FDA Data to Uncover The Agency’s Current Thinking on Compliance”. In this article, she discusses how manufacturers can use information available online from inspectional observations, warning letters, and product recalls to ascertain FDA’s priorities with regards to compliance and enforcement actions.
Today, the FDA made final and released a revision to a 2016 draft guidance titled Data Integrity and Compliance With Drug CGMP Questions and Answers (here). The document was revised “based on comments made to the draft as well as requests for FDA thinking on current best practices and additional examples.”
The guidance does have additional examples and clarifying language.
Well, since the first draft guidance on the “deemed approved” transition provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act), we have been waiting to learn more about the specific process and for answers to a number of questions. FDA just issued a second revision of the question and answers document (here).
On Monday, the FDA revised the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice—Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the FD&C Act Guidance” (here). The initial draft guidance issued in 2014.
According to the Federal Register Notice that announced the guidance revision (here), the FDA notes that “[t]his revised draft guidance reflects the FDA’s intent to recognize the differences between outsourcing facilities and conventional drug manufacturers and to tailor CGMP requirements to the nature of the specific compounding operations conducted by outsourcing facilities while maintaining the minimum standards necessary to protect patients from the risks of contaminated or otherwise substandard drug products.” The FR Notice also provides additional background on its thinking in making the revisions to the draft guidance.
In a prepublication Notice from the Federal Register (here), the field of products permitted for compounding by 503A and 503B compounders decreased by two. The Agency will publish a final rule on Tuesday titled List of Drug Products That Have Been Withdrawn or Removed From the Market for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness.
Join former FDA Investigations Branch Director Ricki Chase –now with Lachman Consultants – as she draws on her 16 years of agency experience to bring you the latest insights into FDA inspections, interactions and expectations.
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In a statement released by the FDA (here), the Agency cited warning letters to two “companies for the illegal marketing of products labeled as dietary supplements that contain tianeptine, a chemical compound that companies are illegally claiming treats opioid use disorder (OUD), pain and anxiety, and other unlawful and unproven claims.” The Agency noted that the ingredient has been the subject of numerous report of serious adverse drug events.
Congress has long been concerned that firms were not meeting their requirements for timely completion of postmarketing requirements and commitments (PMRS/PMCs) made at time of approval or post-approval in supplemental applications. In 2007, Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) and, on September 27, 2007, the President signed the legislation into law.
The FDA is proposing a rule, as announced in the Federal Register (FR) (here), to provide for relaxing the provisions of informed consent under specific circumstances. The history of the change is explained in the FR notice. The FDA notes that the Cures Act has provided it with the statutory basis to support the proposed regulation,
I remember in the “old days” back in the 70’s, before most of you may have been born, Primatene Mist containing epinephrine, was a life saver as an OTC medicine for mild asthma. Why did it disappear from pharmacy shelves? Because it contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant. As you know, CFCs were banned, and phased out of the market in 2011 in an effort to help protect the ozone layer under the Montreal Convention.
The Fourth Annual Global Regulatory Affairs CMC Conference was held in Philadelphia on October 29‑30, 2018. The conference focused on successful developmental and post-market CMC operations and product lifecycle management tactics, based on better understanding of U.S. and global regulatory requirements for small molecules and biologics.
Talking of life -cycle management, the current draft of ICH Q12 loomed large as the deadline for comment by most regulatory bodies of the world is in December 2018.
The FDA announced extended use dates for 72 lots of epinephrine autoinjectors. All of the 72 lots can be used for 2 months past the labeled expiration date, according to stability data supplied by the company and reviewed by the Agency. FDA noted in its announcement (here) that it does not expect or require the product to be relabeled with the revised expiration date,
With many of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) requirements coming upon the industry soon, the FDA’s issuance of the draft guidance document, Verification Systems Under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act for Certain Prescription Drugs, discusses the verification process and expectations of the Agency relative to ensuring that products are legitimate under the DSCSA.
In a time that we find ourselves so busy, who has time to attend a conference? That was my initial thought, but when asked to speak at the conference, it became clear that this would be a unique opportunity to better understand the regulatory landscape while surrounded by members of India pharma and in the presence of key FDA regulators.