The 11th annual Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis (WRIB) has ended in sunny Hollywood, CA. The WRIB provides an opportunity for both industry and regulators to discuss challenges facing the bioanalytical community in the analysis of both small and large molecules. This year’s workshop had the largest turnout ever, with approximately 750 attendees from all over the world representing large brand pharmaceutical companies,
It’s late, do you know where your data is? Are you really sure? Would you be able to assure a regulatory agency that you fully understand and control the flow of data from data generation through processing, reporting, data review, archive and retrieval? If the answer to all the above questions is yes, congratulations! Unfortunately,
Just as the various User Fee Acts (UFA) go to congress for mark-up and reauthorization, a proposed administration budget contains a suggested doubling of fees charged for medical product reviews. Am I seeing this correctly? Industry and FDA have worked tirelessly over the last year and a half to get the various User Fee programs negotiated for reauthorization and at the 11th hour,
First of all, this is not a political blog. Second, I am certain that someone will still think it is. Third, in this case, I do not care as I am an ex-FDAer that truly believes in the Agency and wants to see it succeed. I was rooting for Scott’s nomination for many reasons,
In a Federal Register Notice published today, FDA announced that the direct final rule on “Use of Ozone Depleting Substances” published on October 26, 2016 is “excluded from the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,’ this action confirms the effective date of February 23,
Well, not naming any names- I really won’t come out and say who my pick would be, but, depending on the administration’s pick, this is a pretty crucial decision for the Agency. Here are some of the attributes I think would be important for the position:
- A knowledge of the FDA review and approval process
- A strong medical background
- A person that believes that science should rule the day
- Someone who is above the political fray
- A person that has both compassion and common sense
- Someone with an understanding of how the drug industry operated
Which of these attributes do I think is most important?
FDA published an updated Manual of Policy and Procedure (MaPP), 5310.7 after a 10-year first edition and this one (in my opinion) really clears up one of the age-old questions – can I cite a foreign compendia as the basis for establishing a specification or test method in my application? The answer is a resounding YES!if the method is as good as or better than the USP/NF provisions in a Monograph or in the General Chapters.
Donald Trump signed an Executive Order freezing government hiring, except for the military, national security, or public safety personnel, and issued a memorandum placing a moratorium on any new regulations or Guidance. In addition, it is reported that the memorandum noted that if new regulations have been sent to the Federal Register, but yet unpublished,
For 503A and 503B compounding pharmacies, how do you protect your business from heavy-handed interventions from State and Federal Regulators? Can you affirmatively respond to the following questions?
- Do you know the Federal and State laws you are required to follow?
- Do you have the right enabling documentation (procedures, policies,
While we usually cover drug- and device-related topics in this blog, something came swimming our way on an unrelated topic that I thought might pique your interest. I always thought that eating fish over red meat was a healthy choice. Well, that is still true, as long as you don’t eat too much. In a Federal Register (FR) notice (here) issued today,
In another generic drug Guidance issued in the beginning of the year, OGD Guidance tsunami, FDA has provided advice on how to decide what might be necessary to gain approval of an ANDA, where there is a drug-device patient interface. FDA notes throughout the Guidance that each ANDA will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and the deciding factor will be that (as first explained in an old petition response to King Pharmaceuticals) “[i]n general,
First issued in draft in 2004 and then revised as a draft in 2015, Revision 1 of the Guidance document “Botanical Drug Development” issues in final form.
The Guidance reflects current Agency thinking on the drug development process for new drugs (NDAs), investigational new drug applications (INDs) to support NDAs, and a discussion of the appropriate mechanism for seeking inclusion of botanical products in the over-the-counter (OTC) monograph system.
The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) has been busy in the bioequivalence arena as evidenced by its issuing of 31 new recommendations and revising 17 previously issued recommendations. The list of new and revised recommendations can be found here.
As always, there are some specific recommendations that are of note while others are standard bioequivalence recommendations.
On September 19, 2016, we posted a blog (here) announcing the FDA-sponsored competition to create an app that will connect victims of overdose with carriers of naloxone. Well, now we know the winner, and we also know that the competition attracted significant attention, as 150 teams registered for the competition and FDA received 45 submissions,
The recently issued Contract Manufacturing Arrangements for Drugs: Quality Agreements Guidance document (here) states that the FDA considers that the owner’s (those who engage the services of the contract facilities) Quality Unit responsibility includes approving or rejecting the contract facility’s product or service (be it for testing,