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This guidance (here) finalizes the draft guidance for industry entitled “Citizen Petitions and Petitions for Stay of Action Subject to Section 505(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” issued in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.
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,
This morning after reading an article in the Pink Sheet entitled US FDA Urged To Stop Slowing Approvals By Seeking Metals Data From Suppliers written by Joanne S. Eglovitch, my mind harkened back to the early 2018 slowdown (and almost stop) in ANDA approvals based on the elemental impurities issue (see earlier post (here).
I don’t know about you but has this year flown by or what? Summer will be over on Labor Day and there will be only one month left in FY 2019. OGD approval actions thru reporting on August 22 show OGD with 53 full approval actions and 11 tentative approval actions. Thus, it looks like OGD will beat the last two fairly slow months that had total approval actions of 62 (45 full and 17 tentative),
In a Federal Register announcement today (here), the FDA announced the availability of a final guidance entitled Child-Resistant Packaging Statements in Drug Product Labeling. The guidance provides information on the type of statement that may be made on child-resistant packaging for drug products.
As a reminder, the FDA has not regulated child-resistant packaging since 1973,
We hit the nail on the head in our August 2 post (here) as we reported sixty-one full-approval actions and fourteen tentative-approval actions for July 2019. This was the first time in a while that the official numbers did not change after our review of the unofficial counts from the FDA’s All Approvals page.
The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) updated the June statistics late yesterday (here). Here are some of the highlights!
The refuse-to-receive (RTR) actions were low again with just five RTRs issued in June and all were for standard applications. The total for the year, based on the last nine months (forty-two so far),
I railed about drug importation as a way to lower drug costs in a previous post (here) for numerous reasons. For instance, how can you protect against counterfeit drugs, how do you know how the products are stored and where they have been in the supply chain, and how are you assured of drug product quality?
In a series of four Federal Register Notices issued today, the FDA announced the fee structures for the last four UFAs for Fiscal Year 2020.
It is no surprise that the PDUFA fees are the highest overall in total, with well over $1 billion in potential collections. The fees for each of the programs are presented in the tables below,
In two separate Federal Register notices (here for medical devices and here for outsourcing facilities), the FDA announced the user fee amounts for FY 2020. The FDA notes that the fees are effective on October 1, 2019 (the beginning of the 2020 FY) through September 30, 2020.
The medical device fees are provided in the charts below,
In announcing the July 24th approval of Baqsimi (glucagon powder for nasal administration) (here) FDA notes that it is the first form of glucagon that can be administered without injection. The product is to be used by a caregiver or we assume someone on the street if the patient is unconscious.
Like many drugs that undergo clinical trials (even larger trials), rare adverse events may not become apparent until well after the drug is in wider use after approval. In addition, as a condition of approval, the FDA often requires a post-approval commitment to further study the drug. Such is the case as described in the updated Safety Communication released today by the Agency as FDA announced it approved “a Boxed Warning about increased risk of blood clots and death with higher dose of arthritis and ulcerative colitis medicine tofacitinib (Xeljanz,