Good News/Not So Good News? Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals

FDA issued two new Guidance for Industry Documents late in 2016: (1) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by State-Licensed Nuclear Pharmacies and Federal Facilities (here) and (2) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by Outsourcing Facilities (here).  These represent the 25th and 26th  draft and/or final Guidances issued by FDA relating to pharmacy compounding.  

FDA Issues Three New Guidances for Compounding Pharmacies on December 28, 2016

FDA issued three new Guidance for Industry Documents late in 2016: (1) Prescription Requirement Under Section 503A of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (here) ; (2) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by State-Licensed Nuclear Pharmacies and Federal Facilities (here); and (3) Compounding and Repackaging of Radiopharmaceuticals by Outsourcing facilities (here).

Happy Holidays from All of Us at Lachman

I can’t believe another year has slipped away already. Seems like yesterday I was writing the holiday blog for 2015 and here we are again.  This year brought us the renegotiations of all of the UFAs, the largest number of Generic Drug approval since the new counting system went into effect (for those of you who don’t know what I am talking about – you are too young,

Boxed Warning for Serious Mental Health Issues Removed from Chantix and Zyban Labeling

Back in April 2016, we posted a blog regarding the potential for the FDA to remove the Black Box warning on two products indicated to help patients stop smoking based on a large clinical study that the FDA required.  At that time when the studies were submitted, the Agency indicated it would review the results and make a final determination. 

FDA Publishes List of First Bulk Drug Substances for 503A Compounding

The FDA issued a Proposed Rule (here) that announced the first additional 6 bulk drug substances for inclusion on the listing of bulk drug substances acceptable for pharmacy compounding, although they are neither the subject of an applicable United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), nor National Formulary (NF) monograph, nor components of FDA-approved drugs.

Quality Agreements a “Must Have” for Use of CMO


The recently issued Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements Guidance document (here) states that the FDA considers that the owner’s (those who engage the services of the contract facilities) Quality Unit responsibility includes approving or rejecting the contract facility’s product or service (be it for testing,

Happy Holidays – FDA Issues Highly Anticipated Revised Quality Metrics Guidance

On Thanksgiving Eve, FDA issued the revised Quality Metrics Guidance. Is the revised document something for industry to be thankful for? Let’s break it down:

  • Allowance for a phased-in, voluntary approach – This is something that many industry groups have been asking for, since the burden, as well as the complexity of collecting metrics from large,

This Turkey Wants to Wish You a Happy Thanksgiving

Whether you are into tofurkey, real turkey, ham or whatever floats your boat, all of us at Lachman Consultants want to take a moment to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving.  At this time of year, we all need to take stock (no pun intended) of our family and friends and realize that, while we all have difficult jobs,

Another Worry for Compounding Pharmacies – The OIG Plans to Take a Look At Them!

According to the 2017 Work Plan of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), OIG plans to evaluate the reliance of hospitals on drug compounding outsourcing facilities.  This appears to be an expansion in the FDA oversight responsibilities of the OIG. Large-scale facilities that compound without a patient-specific prescription are regulated under Section 503B of the Food,

Revised Guidance on Waivers and Reductions of Fees for Animal Drug Applications is Issued

The Center for Veterinary Medicine has released a revised draft Guidance titled Animal Drug User Fees and Waivers and Reductions, which “describes the types of fees FDA is authorized to collect under ADUFA and how to request waivers and reductions for such fees. It clarifies the criteria for Barrier to Innovation waivers, clarifies the procedures for Small Business waivers,

Comparability Protocols – One Age-Old Question Answered

Over the years I have been trying to convince firms that certain changes to approved ANDAs must always be filed as a Prior Approval Supplement (PAS) or, in some cases, these changes may be handled as a Comparability Protocol that is approved in an ANDA.  At the GPhA Fall Technical Conference yesterday, Dr. Lucinda (Cindy) Buhse,

FDA Plans to “NIPP” it in the BUD

The Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) was launched in early 2015 with a slogan of “One Quality Voice”.  With Michael Kopcha, Ph.D., R.Ph. as the Director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality at CDER, and with approximately 1000 personnel in his group, OPQ’s objectives are as follows: a) streamline the regulatory processes and integrate major functional areas to facilitate a lifecycle approach to quality starting from pre-approval to post-product approval for branded and generic drug products;

Who you Gonna Call . . . . to Resolve a Compliance Status Block on Approval?

This blog post was coauthored by Kurt Karst, Director, Hyman, Phelps and McNamara

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood; Who you gonna call?  If there’s something weird, and it don’t look good; Who you gonna call?  Unfortunately, FDA doesn’t have a Ghostbusters-type unit to call when there’s something strange or weird compliance-wise going on in your neighborhood that’s holding up final ANDA (or 505(b)(2) NDA) approval. 

What is Driving Industry Crazy Lately?

We asked around about what issues were driving firms crazy and these same three issues surfaced most often: 1) getting resolution of compliance status after inspection or re-inspection; 2) getting a straight answer from the Agency; and 3) what to do about maximum daily exposure issues relative to the Inactive Ingredient Database (IID).

Taking each issue in order:

Resolution of Compliance Status

Most of the compliance issues we hear about are after a firm’s inspection or re-inspection where the investigator tells the firm that there are no issues or where there is no 483 issued.