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Don’t Panic – ANDA Approvals Continue To Roll Along – But A Glitch Might Not Make Them Immediately Visible

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).  

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Revised 505(q) Petition Guidance Published

This guidance (here) finalizes the draft guidance for industry entitled “Citizen Petitions and Petitions for Stay of Action Subject to Section 505(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act” issued in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. 

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Silver Spring – We Have a Problem! August Approval Numbers Don’t Add Up!

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). 

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FDA Denies Public Citizen Petition Asking for a Moratorium on All New Opioid Approvals

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,

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One Week Left in August – How Do the Approval Numbers Look for Generics?

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),

Child-Resistant Packaging – The FDA Outlines What and How to Label Products

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,

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FDA Announces MDUFA and Outsourcing User Fee Rates for FY 2020 – All Fees Higher

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,

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Postmarketing Study Reveals Higher Risk of Blood Clots and Death – FDA Approves Boxed Warning

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,