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The Center for Veterinary Medicine has released a revised draft Guidance titled Animal Drug User Fees and Waivers and Reductions, which “describes the types of fees FDA is authorized to collect under ADUFA and how to request waivers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. 

Notice of Opportunity for Hearing Issued for Two Methylphenidate Generics to Concerta

Yesterday, FDA published two separate Federal Register Notices (here and here) announcing a Notice of Opportunity for Hearing (NOOH) for the withdrawal from marketing of two firms’ methylphenidate extended-release tablets.  The Agency had previously expressed concerns regarding the Therapeutic Equivalence (TE) of these two products based on significantly higher reports of therapeutic failure later in the day than the reference listed drug product (and/or authorized generic). 

Compounding Pharmacies – Still in the Cross Hairs

Based on multiple FDA inspections and observations over many years, both brand pharma and generic companies have learned how to be better prepared for an FDA inspection and what to expect from an FDA inspection.  However, judging by the numerous Warning Letters that have been issued to Compounding Pharmacies in the last 2 years to 503A (43 total) and 503B (37 total),

Getting a CRISPR View – Genetic Editing: Medical Frontier

Most of us in the pharmaceutical industry have heard the phrase “targeted therapy”.  Targeted therapies are drugs or other substances specifically designed to prevent cancer cells from dividing or destroying them directly, and are intended to target only cancer cells.  While standard chemotherapy may affect all cells in the body (including healthy, non-cancerous tissue), targeted therapy uses drugs or other specially created substances (e.g.,

What Was Old is New Again

Thirty-six years ago as a young Pharmacy post-graduate, I was introduced to the “Continuous Process”. Merck commissioned the plant housing this process in the late 1970’s in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Building on the company’s experience with continuous chemical processing, the plant manufactured a blockbuster (at the time) anti-hypertensive “Aldomet”, Methyldopa Tablets, USP. At the peak of production,

First it Was Natural and Now it is Healthy – Your Comments, Please

After receiving thousands of comments on what the term “natural” should mean with regards to foods (see previous post here), the FDA is now reexamining the term “healthy” in food labeling.  In addition, they also released an immediately effective guidance to describe their thoughts on their proposed enforcement discretion relative to the use of the term.