Over the last two days, the FDA has announced the recall of two products from two different companies (here and here), each due to the presence of particulate matter in the product. One was confirmed as glass particles and the other as a copper salt (particulates seen at the twelve-month stability station).
The FDA’s posting of the approval for the “priority” review ANDA for Valsartan mentioned yesterday (here) occurred today. The ANDA number was listed as 205536. It is interesting to note that the ANDA number corresponds to an application that was submitted around the middle of 2013. That is almost six years!
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.
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.
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.
So far, for February 2019, it looks like OGD fully approved 83 ANDAs and tentatively approved 23 ANDAs. Of course, the final official numbers won’t be in for about another week or so, but it looks like another month in the 100’s (OGD total of 100 or greater approval actions was missed only one month so far this FY).
The Office of Generic Drugs issued its 2018 Annual Report, which contains the accomplishments of the generic drug program over the past calendar year. The report (here) provides data on approvals and tentative approvals, as well as other actions that OGD has taken over the year. Included in the report are links to various operational,
Much like all we do at tax time, we look for anything that might lower our taxes. We look for deductions, charitable gifts, donations, business expenses and do a lot of hope and praying. Well, FDA had a corollary situation when they were looking at how to count and where to place ANDAs in the submission queue,
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,
OGD just released its official January approval figures and we nailed it in our previous post here, where it was reported that OGD would have 102 approval actions in January, despite the shutdown. Well, we actually hit the nail on the head, as OGD did indeed break the 100-approval action mark by fully approving eighty-one ANDAs and tentatively approving twenty-one ANDAs.
Required by Section 914 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, the annual report of the impact of 505(q) petitions and petitions for stay of action issued this last Thursday. This report discussed the number of such petition and describes any delays in approval that such petitions may have caused. The report covers FY 2017.
As we previously reported here and here, December receipts are missing from the update, even though the rest of the December metrics have been updated (see below). Well, they are not really missing (other than in the report), they just have not been figured out by FDA, due to the issues associated with the shutdown and the inability of FDA to collect user fees during the shutdown period.
Day Two started with a recap of Day One (see post from yesterday here) by Dr. Nancy Snyderman.
Day Two kicked off with a session entitled Generics Help Patients, How Can Patients Help Generics. This centered on digital virtual prescribing, digital physician visits, and what’s going on in that space.
The annual meeting of AAM, Access 2019, is being held in the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans from February 4-6, 2019. The agenda of February 4th involved several sessions to be attended only by the members, including that of Science & Regulatory and Policy Working Group, and the Board Meeting. The Science & Regulatory Team discussed about the future of GDUFA and BSUFA,
Even with the 35-day government shutdown and the stress that came with it, it appears that OGD has broken the 100 approval action barrier again with what looks like (so far) 102 approval actions posted for January as of February 4th. The data is taken from the FDA All Approvals list here .