In what (I believe) is only the second opioid that FDA is seeking to remove from the market because the risk no longer outweighs the benefits of the product (first was the original formulation of Oxycontin), the Agency said “After careful consideration, the agency is seeking removal based on its concern that the benefits of the drug may no longer outweigh its risks.
After slogging through some of the FDA dashboards, I came across one that I felt was worthy of mention. The FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) has apparently begun the process of scoring drug manufacturing establishments in their risk-based inspection program. The FDA has been talking about risk-based inspection (as well as risk-based review) ever since I was at the Agency,
As reported by FDA WebView (here [subscription required]), FDA announced the appointment of three former congressional staffers Dr. Gottlieb has chosen to add to his current team, as his team builds his vision for the Agency is becoming more clear. And it is not the usual vision we have seen from past commissioners.
Despite great efforts by the FDA and the industry, there still are 55 different drug products under shortage on the FDA’s list (here). While the number of drugs on the shortage list is much lower than we have seen in the past (100+), there is still cause for concern as products move on and off the list.
Anyone contemplating submitting a drug-device combination product like an autoinjector, prefilled syringe, transdermal patch (yes, transdermal patch), etc., should be prepared to address some of the device regulations or you will likely get a deficiency letter. (To be perfectly honest, if you get these deficiencies, I think you should push back on the FDA, but that is an individual decision you must make.)
FDA has been asking to address 21 CFR 820.20,
On May 8, 2017, the US FDA’s Center for Radiological Health announced that it will be establishing a new digital health unit under the Office of the Center Director. This is just the latest step the Agency is taking to try to keep pace with the quickly evolving and rapidly growing digital medical device industry.
With Scott Gottlieb, M.D., winning confirmation to head the FDA yesterday, the Agency is ready to move forward to the beat of a different drummer. It will be an interesting ride and we will watch it along the way. It also looks like the User Fee legislation may make its way to law, as it looks like the last hurdles have been cleared.
The Office of Generic Drugs (ODG) saw the largest number of changes being effected (CBE) supplements (618) as well the largest number of prior approval supplements (PAS) (57) so far, this fiscal year. While these numbers did not break any previous records (678 CBEs in September 2016 and 71 PAS in August 2016) they certainly show a spike from past months in FY 2017.
With the recent publication of the GMP Inspection trends for 2016 from the MHRA (here) and the FDA (here), companies involved with the observations might want to reconsider their internal audit processes.
If you evaluate the examples of the issues observed, you would question why internal audit programs do not catch many of the issues cited as most frequently encountered.
The FDA announced today that it issued Warning Letters to 14 companies for selling unapproved cancer treatments ranging from thermal devices to creams, ointments, syrups, teas, and various pills. Life is too short to have charlatans trying to steal precious chances for life from cancer patients. While I am glad that the FDA has acted,
The MHRA has presented their 2016 inspectorate deficiency trend data for 2016. MHRA publishes the assessment with the hope that industry will perform their own assessment against the deficiency findings, as part of self-inspection and continuous improvement. A complete version of the MHRA presentation can be found here.
In comparison to 2015,
The FDA has just updated previous warnings from July 1 and September 21, 2015 (here and here) for use of these two products in children. The new language contains stronger warnings in the form of contraindications for the use of the product in children under the age of 12 and in certain circumstances outlined below for children under the age of 18.
Following the lead of many of the world’s pharmaceutical regulatory agencies, on April 6, 2017, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a Data Management and Data Integrity (DMDI) policy statement. TGA states that the policy “serves to provide some clarification regarding the TGA’s official position regarding DMDI practices for industry,” but at the same time noting that,
The 11th annual Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (WRIB) has ended in sunny Hollywood, CA. The WRIB provides an opportunity for both industry and regulators to discuss challenges facing the bioanalytical community in the analysis of both small and large molecules. This year’s workshop had the largest turnout ever, with approximately 750 attendees from all over the world representing large brand pharmaceutical companies,
Paul F. Vogel has announced his retirement as Chairman of the Board of Lachman Consultants, effective March 31, 2017. Paul plans to spend more time with family and his many personal interests, following a 44-year career that included 21 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration followed by 23 years at Lachman Consultants. Richard S.