16
Sep

Weight Loss Drug Voluntarily Withdrawn for Apparent Safety Reasons

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking final official action withdrawing the approval of two new drug applications for BELVIQ (lorcaserin hydrochloride (HCl)) tablets and BELVIQ XR (lorcaserin HCl) extended-release tablets which were originally approved by FDA on June 27, 2012 and July 15, 2016, respectively.  This announcement was made on the Federal Register’s […]

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14
Sep

Current Coronavirus Factoids

The FDA has been more than busy in its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here is an update as of September 11, 2020 regarding some of the statistics the FDA has presented. The FDA has: Authorized 247 tests under emergency use authorizations (EUAs), of these: 197 are molecular tests 46 are antibody tests 4 […]

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11
Sep

FDA Says We Got Your Backs, as Always!

In an opinion piece in USA Today (here), eight career executives at the FDA, Patrizia Cavazzoni, Acting Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Susan Mayne, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Judy McMeekin, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory […]

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24
Aug

After Some Missteps on EUAs, FDA’s Action on Convalescent Plasma Has the Science Behind It

Clearly, the FDA has acted too early on Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for a few COVID-19 tests and products.  The flurry of revocations of EUAs for tests that were deemed not reliable have cause a sputter in the onset of testing ramp up.  Another specific example was the FDA’s EUA for hydroxychloroquine, which left many […]

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10
Aug

What Were These People Thinking?

A Department of Justice press release (here) announced a 19 count indictment against 9 individuals “with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and failure to maintain adequate records.”  Basically, the press release goes on to describe fraudulent activities relative to the […]

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