Quality Agreements a “Must Have” for Use of CMO

 

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,

Happy Holidays – FDA Issues Highly Anticipated Revised Quality Metrics Guidance

On Thanksgiving Eve, FDA issued the revised Quality Metrics Guidance. Is the revised document something for industry to be thankful for? Let’s break it down:

  • Allowance for a phased-in, voluntary approach – This is something that many industry groups have been asking for, since the burden, as well as the complexity of collecting metrics from large,

This Turkey Wants to Wish You a Happy Thanksgiving

Whether you are into tofurkey, real turkey, ham or whatever floats your boat, all of us at Lachman Consultants want to take a moment to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving.  At this time of year, we all need to take stock (no pun intended) of our family and friends and realize that, while we all have difficult jobs,

Upcoming eCTD Date for Technical Rejection Criteria for Study Data

FDA has announced that study data standards are required for clinical and nonclinical studies that are started after December 17, 2017.  FDA notes that it may Refuse-to-File (RTF) NDAs and BLAs or Refuse-to-Receive ANDAs if the data does not conform to the standards outlined in the Guidance for Industry – Providing Regulatory Submissions In Electronic Format — Standardized Study Data and to comply with the outline in this notice which can be found here.

Notice of Opportunity for Hearing Issued for Two Methylphenidate Generics to Concerta

Yesterday, FDA published two separate Federal Register Notices (here and here) announcing a Notice of Opportunity for Hearing (NOOH) for the withdrawal from marketing of two firms’ methylphenidate extended-release tablets.  The Agency had previously expressed concerns regarding the Therapeutic Equivalence (TE) of these two products based on significantly higher reports of therapeutic failure later in the day than the reference listed drug product (and/or authorized generic). 

Compounding Pharmacies – Still in the Cross Hairs

Based on multiple FDA inspections and observations over many years, both brand pharma and generic companies have learned how to be better prepared for an FDA inspection and what to expect from an FDA inspection.  However, judging by the numerous Warning Letters that have been issued to Compounding Pharmacies in the last 2 years to 503A (43 total) and 503B (37 total),

Getting a CRISPR View – Genetic Editing: Medical Frontier

Most of us in the pharmaceutical industry have heard the phrase “targeted therapy”.  Targeted therapies are drugs or other substances specifically designed to prevent cancer cells from dividing or destroying them directly, and are intended to target only cancer cells.  While standard chemotherapy may affect all cells in the body (including healthy, non-cancerous tissue), targeted therapy uses drugs or other specially created substances (e.g.,

Data Governance – Establishing a Path Forward to Assure Data Integrity

Data integrity issues have cost pharmaceutical and healthcare companies millions of dollars in direct and indirect costs and led to potential risks to patient safety.  Companies are in a frenzy responding to regulatory citations and preparing for inspections.  The industry, mostly from “lessons learned”, generally understands the issues; and the regulatory expectations have been communicated through a number of recent guidances (drafts,

FDA Updates List of Guidance Documents It Plans to Issue in 2016

The FDA announced some additions (**) and revisions to titles (*) of Guidance documents it plans to release in 2016.  We have posted on this list previously (here) (and here) and highlighted this blogger’s impression of some of those proposed Guidance documents.  Well, FDA has published another revised list and here are the changes:

  • Comparative Analyses of the Device Constituent of a Drug-Device Combination Product Submitted in an ANDA ** –

Follow-up on PIC/S Data Integrity Guidance

We recently posted an overall summary of the new draft PIC/S Data Integrity Guidance document (here). While this valuable Guidance document covers much of the same ground as previous Data Integrity Guidance documents from other regulatory agencies, it is particularly noteworthy that in several areas it provides detailed practical requirements heretofore never provided in a regulatory agency Guidance document.

Heads Up, Compounders!

In early August 2016, FDA issued a Guidance document for “Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities” that states that under Section 501(a)(2)(A) of the FD&C Act that any drug prepared under insanitary conditions is adulterated.  This document defines a drug as any compounded human or animal drugs; repackaged drug products; compounded or repackaged radiopharmaceuticals; and mixed,

FDA’s Program Alignment: More Questions Than Answers

In February 2014, then FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg issued a memorandum directing all Centers and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) to develop a plan for more collaboration and efficiency in operations.  As a result of this mandate, the Centers and ORA have developed fiscal year plans to move toward a distinct commodity-based, vertically-integrated regulatory structure.