A new draft guidance titled (quite originally) Drug Master Files (here) has replaced the Drug Master Files: Guidelines that was published in 1989. There have been many changes to the requirements and procedures for DMFs based on new laws, policies, and procedures, as well as procedures associated with GDUFA commitment letters for ANDAs,
For the first time since GDUFA’s beginning, the number of ANDA approval actions exceeded the number of ANDAs received in a given FY (935 approvals vs 909 new ANDA receipts). In addition, OGD smashed the FY approval record with the 935 approval actions by 154 (or 16.5%) more than the previous record of 781 in FY 2018.
It has been a while since the FDA updated its guidance on PDUFA fee waivers, etc., but the newly released Prescription Drug User Fee Act Waivers, Reductions, and Refunds for Drug and Biological Products document provides much needed new information about the FDA’s fee program. The Federal Register Notice (here) announcing the availability of the guidance states:
“This guidance describes the types of waivers,
In thinking about the current vaping issues, which have been associated with a significant number of deaths and hundreds, if not thousands, of lung-related injuries, I think the path to the future of these products needs to be critically evaluated by the FDA. The introduction of e-cig came so fast that the FDA was not prepared to deal with the issue.
The use of alternate methods, especially for USP methods, some of which are rather old, has long been a question that both the industry and the FDA have contemplated. Alternate methods can be easier to use and, in some instances, more accurate and reliable. But how can you demonstrate that an alternate method is indeed equivalent to an existing method?
While California is usually a very progressive state, I believe that Governor Newsom did not quite understand the implications of the bill he signed into law banning pay-for delay patent settlements. I believe he failed to see that not all pay-for-delay cases are anticompetitive. According to the Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM) statement about the bill:
“As the Federal Trade Commission has found,
August saw the OGD refusing to receive only three applications, one standard application and two priority GDUFA II applications. Quite interestingly, thus far this FY, the number of priority-review applications compared to the number of standard-review ANDAs that have been refused to be received (10/37) is quite high considering that there are many more standard-review applications submitted each month.
In a short Warning Letter issued by the FDA on August 29, 2019, the Agency informed a China-based testing firm that, because it refused inspection, that FDA would withhold approvals of any ANDA or NDA in which it was cited as a testing laboratory. The FDA takes refusal of inspection very seriously and the impact on NDA or ANDA sponsors (or,
In his article “Endo comes out on top in its fight with FDA and bulk compounder” published in Fierce Pharma (here), Eric Palmer has pointed to a potentially precedent-setting decision that may have further implications for the outsourcing compounding community. The FDA has a long-standing policy regarding the marketing of unapproved drugs after the first approval through an NDA process.