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FDA Prioritizes ANDA for Valsartan to Avert Shortage

On March 12, 2019, the FDA approved an ANDA for Valsartan “to help relieve the recent shortage of this critical medicine as a result of multiple recalls of generic valsartan products from several manufacturers due to the finding that certain lots of Valsartan and other ARB medicines contain nitrosamine impurities.”  The Agency prioritized the ANDA’s approval but is it not yet clear how quickly the FDA approved the ANDA or when it was submitted as it is not yet listed on the approval site or in the Orange Book.

Changes and Updates to the FDA’s Guidance on Non-Proprietary Naming of Biotech Products

On Thursday, March 7, the FDA published a draft supplementary guidance on non-proprietary naming of biological products <here>, which updates the January 2017 Final Guidance on Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products <here>.  Both of these guidance documents address the FDA’s requirement for including a four-letter nonsense suffix in the proper name for biological products. 

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First Time Generic Approvals January to March 8, 2019

Each year, the OGD publishes a list of first-time generic approvals, which are defined by the agency as:

“First generics” are just what they sound like—the first approval by the FDA which permits a manufacturer to market a generic drug product in the United States.  The FDA considers first generics to be important to public health and prioritizes review of these submissions.

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Whoops! February Approval Actions at 99 or 106! But Don’t Be Fooled by the Numbers – Plus January Stat Update

Well, for the first time, our initial estimates of approval actions for a month was higher than the reported official figures, but are they really?  Don’t know exactly how that happened because our estimates are usually below the totals.  Anyway, the official figures posted today (here) were eight-two full approvals and seventeen tentative approvals.  

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Final Guidance on Bulk Drugs that Can Be Used for Compounding for 503B Outsourcing Facilities

The FDA has revised and finalized a guidance document, originally issued in draft on March 26, 2018, entitled Evaluation of Bulk Drug Substances Nominated for Use in Compounding under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (here).  After the posting of the draft guidance, the FDA says that it received approximately sixty comments from stakeholders and,

Continuous Manufacturing Guidance Issued by FDA – Can Generics Successfully Implement this Strategy?

Today, the FDA issued a guidance titled Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing (here).  Talk about a controversial proposition!  The generic industry has long held that implementation of continuous manufacturing might not be appropriate for their business.  Why?  I am not always clear on the answer to that question, but change is always difficult,

BE Guidances Flying Off the Shelf – The Revisions Can Hit the Floor the Hardest!

Today, the FDA issued twenty-two new bioequivalence recommendations, some of which were for some fairly old products, including a couple of DESI drugs.  There were no surprises in the newly issued listings; however, as we have gone on about previously, the FDA has also issued fifty-two – yes, fifty-two – revisions to previously issued guidances. 

FDA Issues Guidance Document on CGT

Today, the FDA issued a guidance document titled “Competitive Generic Therapies (CGT)” which describes the new statutory requirements under section 506H of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA).  CGT was enacted to promote and incentivize the development, expedite the review (and thus approval) of certain previously approved drugs with little or no competition.  In addition,

SaMD (Software as a Medical Device), Medical Device Design Control and the Need for US Guidance

I am currently attending the SDMD (Software Design for Medical Devices) Global IQPC conference in Berlin, where I presented on “Harmonization of Agile Methodology and Medical Device Design Control”.  This topic was chosen because, currently, there is no FDA Guidance on this issue, and to provide insight to developers to implement these systems using a lean,

New OGD Director Named!

Today, the FDA announced the appointment of Sally Choe, PhD to succeed Kathleen (Cook) Uhl, M.D. as Director of the Office of Generic Drugs (Cook’s last day at OGD will be March 2).  Dr. Choe currently serves as Deputy Office Director, Office of Study Integrity and Surveillance within Office of Medical Products and Tobacco, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research,