Collecting information about mean and median approval times for abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) is very difficult, time consuming and frustrating. We looked at the 31 approvals in June 2013 to see how the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) was doing.
Yesterday, the FDA released an update to its 2007 Questions and Answers document on Medical Foods. Interestingly, it is the new information in this document that has us scratching our heads about the implications of this revised draft document.
In a safety communication late yesterday, the FDA warned the public about the potential for acetaminophen to cause a rare, potentially fatal skin condition called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrosis (TENS) and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP). The Agency discovered this through evaluation of the literature and a search of its Adverse Events Database.
FDA announced the Fiscal Year 2014 User Fees to begin on October 1, 2013. This rise in fees was expected since the number of ANDA projected to be submitted in 2013 appears as if it may drop below the 1103 submitted in 2012. In addition, the number of facilities self-identifying was slightly lower than anticipated. Also remember that, in year one of GDUFA, there was $50 million of the $299 million permitted for 2013 associated with backlog fees to address the logjam of ANDAs in the backlog. That was a one- time fee which must now be made up by increases in the ongoing yearly fees.
FDA published its final Guidance to Industry – Safety Labeling Changes – Implementation of Section 505(o)(4) of the FD&C Act on July 30, 2013. Section 505(o)(4) (enacted under the FDAAA in 2007) gave the FDA new authority to require NDA, BLA and ANDA applicants for which there is no corresponding NDA to make certain label changes if there is new information available relative to safety issues. That new safety information may impact or require a Boxed Warning, changes to the Contraindications, Adverse Event or Warnings sections of the labeling. It could also require a change to a REMS program or patient information sheet.
In an FDA Safety Alert issued today, the FDA warned of potentially serious liver failure that can result in need for liver transplant, or death and adrenal insufficiency that has been observed with Nizoral (ketoconazole) tablets. This pertains to both the brand and generic versions of the tablet form of the drug.
, what is a PLAIR? It stands for Pre-Launch Activities Importation Request. Over the last few years, the FDA had issued some informal directions in the form of an instructions sheet and a Question and Answers document. Today the contents of those documents have been incorporated into a Draft Guidance
We have seen recent articles in which both FDA and Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) are touting their progress made under the Generic Drug User Fee Act of 2012 (GDUFA). But we are almost 10 months into year one of the program and hiring is just really ramping up.
The effective “expiry” of a satisfactory inspection and the need to re-inspect a facility before granting of ANDA approval has become a practical problem for the generic industry, which carries the risk of potentially significant consequences including marketing delays, loss of projected revenues and forfeiture of exclusivity entitlement in a worse-case scenario. In light of this continuing challenge, and in light of some existing ambiguities regarding FDA inspection policy, Lachman contacted CDER’s Office of Compliance to determine its current policy regarding conduct of inspections required in support of approval of ANDAs.
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) yesterday released a study showing that patent settlements netted the U.S. healthcare system savings of $25.5 billion dollars over the time period 2005-2012.
We heard it was coming ever since the Department of Justice hinted the FDA was contemplating a change to permit generic application holders to revise their labeling to make safety changes. Something the Supreme Court actually said generic companies could not do in the Mensing and Bartlett decisions.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) again confirmed that labels for generic products must be the same as the innovator drug that they copy. In addition, SCOTUS determined that the claim of design defects claim in a product liability case cannot be asserted against a generic because the generic product must have the same active ingredient(s), dosage form, route of administration and strength as the product that it copies.
At the urging of the FDA, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against Sage Pharmaceuticals of Louisiana for the marketing of unapproved new drugs. The action comes after numerous warnings and a 2000 injunction against the firm for marketing two unapproved drugs. Failure to recognize that the FDA really meant what it said landed the company and two of its officers in hot water.