05
Jul
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OGD Updates the Other May 2022 Statistics

On July 1, OGD updated its monthly statistical report for May 2022 (here). The additional stats (while not particularly remarkable) outline the workload output for the ANDA review and approval process and should be of interest to most of us that pay attention to OGD output. Highlights of the final May statistical report appear below. […]

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29
Jun

Rescinding Breakthrough Therapy Designation – Guidance Provides FDA’s Thinking

The breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), once awarded to a drug product under development, triggers a rather intensive use of Agency resources, such as providing “early and frequent advice, conduct multidisciplinary meetings involving senior managers, and when appropriate, expedite the review of resultant marketing applications.”  The program is designed to “facilitate and expedite” review of promising […]

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28
Jun

Looking for ANDA Candidates with No Generic Competition?

The FDA recently published an updated version of the Current List of Off-Patent, Off-Exclusivity Drugs without an Approved Generic (here).  The list is broken down into two parts that identify either prescription or over‑the‑counter drugs (that require an ANDA as the subject of approval), and each of these respective lists is broken down into two […]

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23
Jun

Beta‑Lactam Antibiotics 2013 Guidance for Preventing Cross Contamination Hits the Street

The focus on beta‑lactam antibiotics has primarily concentrated on penicillin and its derivatives because of the issue of severe allergy or anaphylaxis that can occur in individuals with sensitivities to these products.  Over the years, as more and more non‑beta‑lactam antibiotics were introduced to the market, there has also been growing concern that these new […]

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21
Jun

Official Approval Numbers for May 2022 and Update on April Stats

Well, just like that, OGD posted the official approval actions along with some other metrics for May and also updated the rest of the April statistics.  We have been touting the May approval action and we were ever-so-close but missed by one. The actual official May approval actions are as follows: Full approval actions 84 […]

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20
Jun

With One Controversial Drug for Alzheimer’s on the Market, Another’s Study Did Not Impress

There is no question that the Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm has stirred up a lot of controversary.  The action that CMS took related to reimbursement for the drug for Medicare patients and the initial yearly projected cost soured many stakeholders on the product, from prescribers to patients, as well as caregivers and healthcare providers, not to […]

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16
Jun
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A Peek at Mid-Month June 2022 Approval Actions

June looks fairly strong but likely not as strong as May’s projected unofficial total (ninety‑three full and tentative actions).  With postings through June 14th on the FDA’s Daily and All Approval lists (here and here), as of 10:30 a.m. on June 16, 2022, there were twenty‑three full‑approval actions and nine tentative‑approval actions.  This total of […]

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