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.
Over a decade ago, the FDA issued a final report on Pharmaceutical Quality for the Twenty-First Century. As time moved forward, this led to the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research through the creation of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, to launch “FDA Pharmaceutical Quality Oversight: One Quality Voice” (here),
The revised version of the 2011 Draft Guidance (here) “describes (1) the types of waivers, refunds, and reductions available under the user fee provisions of the FD&C Act, (2) the procedures for requesting waivers, refunds, or reductions, and (3) the process for requesting a reconsideration, or appeal of an FDA decision.
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.
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.
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,
The Report on Drug Shortages for Calendar Year 2017 (here), which is required by Section 506C-1 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, issued last Thursday, and describes some real progress in the drug shortage arena.
The report notes that “][d]uring 2017, FDA helped prevent 145 potential new shortages,
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).
Well, who will be changing categories (small, medium, and large) for assessment of year two of GDUFA II program fees? The FDA asks “[i]n preparation for the FY 2019 GDUFA Generic Drug Applicant Program Fee, please confirm your affiliates and approved ANDAs owned by you and your affiliates as soon as possible.”
In the first 7 months of FY 2018,
The official numbers of approvals and receipts are out for May 2018. OGD fully approved 67 ANDAs (one more than last month) and tentatively approved 19 ANDAs (which was six more that we found prior to the final posting) for a total of 86 approval actions.
Given these numbers, if we straight-line the approvals for the year,
Janet Woodcock, M.D., Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research recently proposed changes to CDER’s new drug regulatory program. The proposals (here) include regulatory and review process changes, as well as organizational restructuring. The drive behind these changes are to free up resources so that the reviewers have more time to focus on drug development.
In FDA’s just released report, Estimating Cost Savings from Generic Drug Approvals In 2017, the Agency points to some staggering savings to consumers from the generic drug applications it has approved. I have read through the report a number of times already, and must say I am not quite certain what the numbers actually mean,
OGD just updated its April 2018 statistics as it does before it reports the next month’s receipts and approvals. You can see all of the updated figures for April here, but there are a few things we think are noteworthy to point out.
OGD only refused-to-receive (RTR) five (5) ANDAs in April,
A number of years ago, I was reading a blog by Kurt Karst (here), the title of which included “A 505(b)(2) NDA in Search of a Basis for Submission and Approval…” Apart from the interesting details covered in the blog about how a product was received under the 505(b)(2) pathway, it highlighted a trend that was in the making.