FAR from Reality – Q&A Document Provides Answers to Age Old Questions

In my 44 years in the industry, I don’t think any issue has raised as many questions, caused companies to scratch their heads or raised the level of angst more than the issue of the dreaded Field Alert Report (FAR).  Well now – and finally – the FDA has issued a Q&A document that answers many of those head- scratching questions.

FDA Updates Patent Listing Disputes

When an NDA holder lists a patent in the Orange Book (OB), it sometimes appears that the patent listing use claim, or other information is challenged by prospective ANDA applicants.  FDA has updated its Listing of Patent Disputes (here) through July 13, 2018.  This is the first time that we have seen this list (maybe we were asleep at the switch),

Valsartan API impurity Leads to Recall of Some Products

Very seldom do we see a notice of recall that relates to a change in the manufacture or processing of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API), but that is what appears to have happened in this instance.  The FDA announcement states:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan,

OGD Updates May 2018 Statistics

OGD updated its monthly Activities Report Of the Generic Drug Program FY 2018 for certain statistics that had not yet been posted (here). While we wait for the June 2018 official approval and receipt figures, let’s have a look at some of the interesting May statistics.

OGD reported 8 refuse-to receive (RTR) actions,

Preview of June 2018 Approvals

As far as the available numbers for ANDA approvals and tentative approvals goes, for June, it appears we will have in the neighborhood of 67 full approvals and 6 tentative approvals for the month, more or less in line with what we have seen in the past few months.  These numbers were derived from the FDA All Approvals list (here) and the FDA Approved Drug Products list of daily approvals (here).  

Final Guidance on ANDA and Supplement Amendments Hits the Newsstands

Today, as a 4th of July present, and in anticipation of celebratory fireworks, the FDA has issued a final guidance entitled ANDA Submissions – Amendments to Abbreviated New Drug Applications Under GDUFA (here).  The final guidance explains that the complex tiered amendment classification system of GDUFA I was abandoned to provide a less cumbersome and more straightforward classification of amendment types,

GDUFA II Regulatory Science initiative – AAM Provides Good Advice

On June 25, 2018, the Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM) submitted comments to Docket FDA-2017-N-6644: Generic Drug User Fee Amendments Reauthorization of 2017; Regulatory Science Initiatives; Public Workshop and provided some very interesting and relevant comments and suggestions.  The full text of the AAM comments can be found here, but here is a peek into the basket of suggestions.

CDER Outlines Actions on Drug Shortages

Late yesterday, Dr. Douglas Throckmorton, Deputy Center Director for Regulatory Programs in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, issued a statement on the FDA’s ongoing efforts in the area of drug shortages.  Based on our post yesterday (here), which outlined the FDA’s new report on drug shortages for 2017, we felt it was necessary to provide a link to Dr.

Bitsy EVA to KASA Grande

Those of us who were around in the Regulatory Affairs field during the late 90s probably remember the glory days of ESD, EVA, and CDOC, following the years of page-stamping in hallways that resembled assembly lines.  Then came EVA, which was part of a system called the Electronic Submission Program, which was in turn, part of a larger strategy for electronic regulatory submission and review at the FDA.

50 Bills Moving through Congress on Opioid Epidemic – Is It Possible to Legislate Behavior?

The Hill reports (here) that there are close to 50 Bills pending before Congress that are expecting action by the end of the week, to help address the opioid epidemic.  It is the hope that a comprehensive package will be put together and ultimately be passed into law.

Providing a legislative foundation to the cause is a good start,

OGD Releases 2nd Quarter Generic Drug Snapshot on Its Dashboard

The current Submission Status Snapshot which was published yesterday (here) describes the current OGD workload. It is broken down into two major charts, the Pre GDUFA Year 3 applications and the current Total OGD Workload chart.  Why?  Remember that pre-year 3 applications did not have goal dates like those that were submitted pre-GDUFA (the old backlog ANDAs).