FDA approved the first genetically engineered fish which they have determined is safe for our food supply. The fish is engineered to grow faster, which will, of course, make it a more abundant food source. Who knew a fish could be approved through a new animal drug application (NADA)? Not me!
The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) would like the generic industry to know that it is poised to bring home the bacon on approvals. The industry has the table set, but, according to some, the meal has yet to be served. This “trust, but verify” position comes at a time when the GDUFA II […]
The FDA announced the approval of Narcan (naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray as an alternative emergency treatment for accidental opioid drug overdose. Previously, naloxone hydrochloride, which reverses the effects of opioids very rapidly, was available only as an injection available in a syringe or auto-injector. In a press release issued today (here), FDA notes that, because […]
Generally, pharmaceutical manufacturing involves laboratory testing on product sampled at the end of the manufacturing process to assure the product quality as part of the product release. However, traditional release testing is not the only acceptable approach used to assure the quality product prior to release. On September 15, 2015, the European Commission published a […]
On 11/11/15, at the ISPE Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Russ Wesdyk from the FDA Office of Surveillance spoke about quality metrics. Since the FDA Metrics Guidance is still in draft and the comment period is still open, he didn’t provide any specifics about the Guidance itself. Since its issuance, industry has been studying and commenting […]
Dr. John Peters, the newly appointed Deputy Director of OGD, just posted a piece on the FDA website on the “Importance of the Physical Characteristics of Generic Drugs”. Dr. Peters also noted that OGD has taken a particular interest in what he termed “Patient-Focused equivalence” or something that I have termed “functionality” when I have been questioned about whether the concept of generic drug “sameness” had taken on new definitions.
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering has launched a drug shortage assessment and prevention tool that helps drugmakers identify risks early on.
A little more than a year ago, I gave a presentation on FDA hot topics. One of the areas that was identified in my presentation was a potential for an increase in FDA enforcement efforts relative to dietary supplements, their claims, and the issues of new drug claims. I stumbled across a posting on […]
I usually cover drug and device issues in this blog, but today, I had some “food for thought” as I read a Federal Register Notice (here), in which the FDA is asking for comment on what the term “natural” should mean when used in food products. It seems that over the years many have […]
The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) issued MaPP 5200.7 (here) today that addresses the need for filing review for certain amendments and supplements to ANDAs. We all know that an Original ANDA must go through the filing review to determine if the ANDA is substantially complete to permit a substantive scientific review. But did you know […]