Well, since the first draft guidance on the “deemed approved” transition provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCI Act), we have been waiting to learn more about the specific process and for answers to a number of questions. FDA just issued a second revision of the question and answers document (here).
On Monday, the FDA revised the “Current Good Manufacturing Practice—Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the FD&C Act Guidance” (here). The initial draft guidance issued in 2014.
According to the Federal Register Notice that announced the guidance revision (here), the FDA notes that “[t]his revised draft guidance reflects the FDA’s intent to recognize the differences between outsourcing facilities and conventional drug manufacturers and to tailor CGMP requirements to the nature of the specific compounding operations conducted by outsourcing facilities while maintaining the minimum standards necessary to protect patients from the risks of contaminated or otherwise substandard drug products.” The FR Notice also provides additional background on its thinking in making the revisions to the draft guidance.
In a prepublication Notice from the Federal Register (here), the field of products permitted for compounding by 503A and 503B compounders decreased by two. The Agency will publish a final rule on Tuesday titled List of Drug Products That Have Been Withdrawn or Removed From the Market for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness.
Dr. Kathleen (Cook) Uhl said there would be good months and not-so-good months. Well, although the official numbers for November are not yet posted, it looks like OGD will have another good month. Not a record breaker, but close, unless there are at least 4 more not yet reported approval actions lurking somewhere in the IT reporting system.
We are pleased to announce that Constance Richard-Math has accepted the position of Director in the Compliance Practice at Lachman Consultants.
Constance Richard-Math joined Lachman Consultants after a 20-year career at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where she rose to the position of Director, Investigations Branch at the Baltimore, Maryland District Office.
We are pleased to announce that Janis Picurro has accepted the position of Principal Consultant in the Regulatory Practice at Lachman Consultants, effective December 18, 2017.
Ms. Picurro is a senior level regulatory professional with over 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry where she had a career of progressively increasing responsibilities in Regulatory Affairs.
We are pleased to announce that Lisa Tinsley has accepted the position of Director in the Compliance Practice at Lachman Consultants, effective December 1, 2017.
Ms. Tinsley is a 25-year pharmaceutical compliance and remediation professional who has led global compliance and auditing teams, developed Quality leadership and strategies, and enhanced Quality Systems. She is well experienced with FDA inspection requirements,
We are pleased to announce that Jose L. Toro has accepted the position of Principal Consultant in the Compliance Practice at Lachman Consultants, effective November 13, 2017.
Dr. Toro has extensive R&D Quality, and Quality Operations experience in the pharmaceutical industry.
He specializes in the transformation of Quality and Technical Services organizations including Quality Systems,
We are pleased to announce that David Lonza has accepted the position of Head of EU at Lachman Consultants, effective September 1, 2017.
David Lonza joined Lachman Consultants in August 2016, in the role of Deputy Advisor to the President / CEO – Strategic Initiatives. David’s expertise includes servicing pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical / biotech clients to meet International Regulatory challenges and Operational Readiness.
On May 16, 2017, we published a blog post on the issue of new and revised bioequivalence (BE) guidances (here) and the impact on industry relative to the potential to have to repeat studies that have already been conducted for pending application or developed products where the ANDA has not yet been submitted.
Despite great efforts by the FDA and the industry, there still are 55 different drug products under shortage on the FDA’s list (here). While the number of drugs on the shortage list is much lower than we have seen in the past (100+), there is still cause for concern as products move on and off the list.
Well ANDA fans, we have been trying to track ANDA approvals and tentative approvals during the month and now the FDA has given us another tool called the FDA Approved Drug Products “All Approvals” report (here) which can be run for a specific month. In addition, the FDA Approved Drug Products daily listing (here) can now be run for a 7- or 14-day period.
The Office of Generic Drugs (ODG) saw the largest number of changes being effected (CBE) supplements (618) as well the largest number of prior approval supplements (PAS) (57) so far, this fiscal year. While these numbers did not break any previous records (678 CBEs in September 2016 and 71 PAS in August 2016) they certainly show a spike from past months in FY 2017.
The FDA announced today that it issued Warning Letters to 14 companies for selling unapproved cancer treatments ranging from thermal devices to creams, ointments, syrups, teas, and various pills. Life is too short to have charlatans trying to steal precious chances for life from cancer patients. While I am glad that the FDA has acted,
According to our tracking of OGD approvals for March 2017 through the daily listings of approvals on Drugs@FDA: FDA Approved Drug Products (which was fairly close to the final numbers last month), there appears likely to be 59 full ANDA approvals and 16 tentative approvals reported when OGD issues final numbers in its Activities Report of the Generic Drug Program in a few days.