To all of our readers – Have a happy holiday season and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. The Lachman blog will be taking a break over the holiday starting Friday, December 21st (unless something extremely urgent occurs) and I hope that all of you will rejoin me in the New Year as we follow the ever-changing landscape of FDA regulatory science,
Ricki Chase, Director, Compliance Practice, authored an article published in Medtech Insight, “How Device Makers Can Leverage FDA Data to Uncover The Agency’s Current Thinking on Compliance”. In this article, she discusses how manufacturers can use information available online from inspectional observations, warning letters, and product recalls to ascertain FDA’s priorities with regards to compliance and enforcement actions.
It looks like Senator Elizabeth Warren thinks it is a good idea! (see here!) I think it is poppycock! Just think of the problems we have now with drug shortages and recalls. The stringent nature of the cGMPs and pharmaceutical manufacturing, in my opinion, do not lend well to government intervention. What a conflict of interest the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs would have in inspecting the government manufacturing operations!
It appears that 128 is the magic number for the OGD as last month they also had 128 approval actions. November numbers saw a different split between full approvals and tentative approvals (99 and 29, respectively). The 128 total approval actions obviously ties last month record number of approval actions for a single month.
Many thanks to the FDA for publishing several important new and revised guidances and a proposed rule related to the Biopharmaceutical industry this week. These include a finalized version of the “Deemed to be a License” Guidance for industry (here) with several important revisions and additions relative to the previously published draft,
After just over five years, the FDA is officially withdrawing its controversial proposed labeling rule for generic drugs. The advance publication notice in the Federal Register can be found (here). The proposed rule would have permitted ANDA holders to unilaterally revise its labeling via a CBE-0 supplement to include new or different safety information or warnings.
Today, the FDA made final and released a revision to a 2016 draft guidance titled Data Integrity and Compliance With Drug CGMP Questions and Answers (here). The document was revised “based on comments made to the draft as well as requests for FDA thinking on current best practices and additional examples.”
The guidance does have additional examples and clarifying language.
Well, since the first draft guidance on the “deemed approved” transition provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act), we have been waiting to learn more about the specific process and for answers to a number of questions. FDA just issued a second revision of the question and answers document (here).
On Monday, the FDA revised the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice—Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the FD&C Act Guidance” (here). The initial draft guidance issued in 2014.
According to the Federal Register Notice that announced the guidance revision (here), the FDA notes that “[t]his revised draft guidance reflects the FDA’s intent to recognize the differences between outsourcing facilities and conventional drug manufacturers and to tailor CGMP requirements to the nature of the specific compounding operations conducted by outsourcing facilities while maintaining the minimum standards necessary to protect patients from the risks of contaminated or otherwise substandard drug products.” The FR Notice also provides additional background on its thinking in making the revisions to the draft guidance.
In a prepublication Notice from the Federal Register (here), the field of products permitted for compounding by 503A and 503B compounders decreased by two. The Agency will publish a final rule on Tuesday titled List of Drug Products That Have Been Withdrawn or Removed From the Market for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness.
Dr. Kathleen (Cook) Uhl said there would be good months and not-so-good months. Well, although the official numbers for November are not yet posted, it looks like OGD will have another good month. Not a record breaker, but close, unless there are at least 4 more not yet reported approval actions lurking somewhere in the IT reporting system.
The Office of Generic Drugs has issued a guidance titled “Post-Complete Response Letter Meetings Between FDA and ANDA Applicants Under GDUFA” (here) that addresses OGD expectations, procedures for obtaining such meetings, and timeline for scheduling and having the meetings. As the FDA notes in the guidance: “FDA will only grant post-CRL meeting requests that pose questions to clarify identified deficiencies.