In three separate Federal Register Notices, the FDA announced the fee for the use of certain priority‑review vouchers (here, here, and here). Priority-review vouchers are awarded to a firm that that gains approval for a designated tropical disease, a material threat medical countermeasure, or a designated rare pediatric disease when an application is approved for a specific drug or biologic that meets the regulatory and statutory provisions of the relevant acts,
CDER’s reorganization of the Office of New Drugs initiative was begun in 2017 and today the FDA announced it (here). The goal was to increase the therapeutic areas more efficiently with a corresponding concentration of areas of expertise. The FDA says, “the changes increase the number of OND offices that oversee our review divisions from six to eight—and increases the number of OND clinical divisions from our current 19 divisions to 27,
After a few inquiries about the lack of public approval action reporting for ANDAs at the end of August and thus far through September 25th, it appears that our reporting revealed some type of a problem. Although we do not know the exact nature of the problem as of yet, we received a nice note from the FDA press office.
Sue Sutter of the Pink Sheet wrote an article on September 23 entitled “Makena’s Accelerated Approval Will Hang In Balance at US FDA Panel Meeting In October” (here [subscription required]). The crux of the article deals with how FDA will handle accelerated approval when the required postmarketing confirmatory study fails to meet its endpoints.
I have blogged about a problem with the discrepancy in the official August approval numbers that the FDA issues in its Activities Report of the Generic Drugs Program (FY 2019) Monthly Performance (Report) (here) and those appearing on the FDA daily approval list (here) and the FDA All Approvals list (here).
This guidance (here) finalizes the draft guidance for industry entitled “Citizen Petitions and Petitions for Stay of Action Subject to Section 505(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” issued in October 2018 and supersedes the Guidance by the same name issued in November 2014. The guidance document revision is based on comments that were submitted to the Agency after the original draft was introduced in 2018.
Recently, the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) announced a three-month public consultation period on a proposal to change the approach to impurity reporting thresholds for drug products and drug substance monographs[i]. This activity is part of the USP-NF’s ongoing efforts to ensure that monographs reflect technical advances and current regulatory expectations.
The Office of Generic Drugs is publishing thirty-one new and fifteen revised bioequivalence guidances according to the pre-publication notice that appeared in the Federal Register today (here). The official FR notice is scheduled to publish on September 17, 2019, but a quick check reveals that the new and revised guidance documents are already available today (September 16th) on the Product-Specific Guidances for Generic Drug Development (here).
OGD published their official approval actions for August and the Agency posted 66 full approval actions and 13 tentative approval actions in its Activities Report of the Generic Drugs Program (FY 2019) Monthly Performance (here). However, the FDA All Approvals list (here) for August lists 59 full approval actions and the correct number of tentative approvals (13).
Oh, the games that are played to keep market share are becoming more curious every day. Just check out this article from Drug Topics penned by Louis Tharp and Craig Burton entitled Generics and Biosimilars Facing Formulary Difficulties (here). When Hatch-Waxman was passed, there were attacks on the bioequivalence of generic drugs,
In a seven-page response, the FDA denied an April 10, 2019 petition asking the Agency to place a moratorium on the approval of any new opioid products. The petition by Public Citizen spoke of the public health opioid crisis and asked that the moratorium be continued “until FDA has implemented recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences,
For all Sponsors submitting INDs, NDAs, ANDAs, BLAs, and supplements, and the bioanalytical laboratories analyzing and reporting the data to support these submissions, the FDA just issued its Guidance for Industry, “Evaluation of Internal Standard Responses During Chromatographic Bioanalysis: Questions and Answers.” The Q&A guidance contains five questions, along with the Agency’s current thinking on each topic.