Got Some Time on Your Hands – New Quality Guidance for MDIs and DPIs Issues

On April 18, 2018, the FDA issued a revised draft guidance on Metered Dose Inhalers and Dry Powder Inhalers titled “Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) and Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI) Products – Quality Considerations Guidance for Industry”.  The original guidance was published November 13, 1998.  The revision spans some 50 pages of discussion about critical quality attributes,

AAM Testifies at Opioid Hearing

Today, the AAM is providing written testimony to the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health addressing Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions, the full text of which can be accessed through the AAM website (here ).

The testimony addresses the following major points.

  • It is critical that we combat the misuse of prescription medication while maintaining legitimate,

Flu the Coop!

Even with this season’s flu season past its peak, FDA is warning consumers about potential fraudulent product touted as curing or lessening the flu.  The FDA health fraud alert (here) warns consumers to be aware of fraudulent product claiming to treat, prevent, or lessen flu symptoms.  In addition, they also warn patients to be wary of online pharmacy sites that may offer unapproved or fraudulent anti-viral products.

US FDA Guidance – Good Clinical Practice: Integrated Addendum to ICH E6(R1)

The US FDA just released their Guidance for Industry titled “E6(R2) Good Clinical Practice: Integrated Addendum to ICH E6(R1)” (here).  The guidance provides a path forward for the mutual acceptance of clinical trial data across regulatory authorities from Canada, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States.

The guidance clearly identifies the added revisions,

Maybe There is a Reason After All!!

Getting back to the elemental impurities (EI) issue, we received additional interesting feedback from one ANDA sponsor.  They said sometimes “this stuff gets tricky.”  The sponsor related a situation of a capsule ANDA product that could be administered multiple times a day at high maximum daily dose.  The empty capsule shell had the standard limit for lead;

Compounding Fairness???

As the compounding Industry awaits the next round of Guidances from FDA on using bulk drug substances, one point of controversy appears to be the fairness of compounding for 503A and 503B entities. The most recent Guidances for Compounding from Bulk Drug Substances are:

Interim Policy on Compounding Using Bulk Drug Substances Under Section 503A of the Federal Food,

Interesting Feedback on Elemental Impurities

After my post on Thursday (here) regarding the slowdown in ANDA approvals because of lack of documentation of elemental impurities, and my assumption relative to NDA applicants, I received some interesting feedback from two NDA applicants.  I was told that the New Drug Division would not hold up issuing an approval action letter if the only issue was that of elemental impurities,

Guidance Agenda New & Revised Draft Guidances CDER Plans to Publish During Calendar Year 2018

FDA listed 106, either new or draft and/or revised draft guidances that it plans to issue in CY 2018.  This is quite an ambitious agenda!  This is a yearly exercise that FDA does and they have a tendency to come close to meeting their projections; be sure to review the entire list (here) to see if some of your interests will be met or augmented by some additional Agency guidance.

Never on Sunday!?

The proverbial title of a 1962 hit song by Petula Clark is something that piqued my curiosity today.  And yes, I am that old (I was 13 when that song came out and I loved to play with my pet dinosaur).  Anyway, I digress!  The reason I bring up “Never on Sunday” is, because, as I flip through the FDA’s All Approvals list,

Homeopathic Drugs- Home for the Holidays or Not?!

Those homeopathic drug products for which no determination that the product is a new drug may be marketed under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.  However, given the current burgeoning homeopathic market, the FDA held a public hearing on March 27, 2015 to seek comments on its current regulatory framework for such products. “As a result of the Agency’s evaluation,

FDA Provides Interesting Enforcement Information

FDA posted Donald Ashley’s, Director of the Office of Compliance (OC), presentation (here)   at the FDLI Enforcement, Litigation, and Compliance Conference presented December 6, 2017.  Mr. Ashley provided some interesting enforcement information, some of which is presented here.

The FDA’s Biomedical Monitoring (BIMO) program warning letters issued over the last 4 fiscal years is captured in the slide below.