OGD released its official approval and receipt numbers on Wednesday afternoon and, as was predicted (almost) in our previous blog (here), it was somewhat disappointing. We missed the approval actions by one. OGD actually issued 45 approval actions (we found only 44), and they issued 17 (as predicted) tentative approval actions for a total of 62 approval actions for June 2019.
Today, the FDA issued a draft guidance titled Using the Inactive Ingredient Database (here). The guidance describes how to use the inactive ingredient database (IID) and its limitations.
FDA has been using the IID since 1987 and has committed to updates throughout the year that provide more current and useful information.
New MaPP (Manual of Policy and Procedures) 6004.3 (here) fully outlines the internal process that FDA will go through for reviewing and recommending safety label changes (SLCs) for NDAs, BLAs, and ANDAs. It also discusses the process for FDA-mandated and -ordered label changes “when implementing section 505(o)(4) of the Federal Food,
In a Federal Register Notice (here) published today, the FDA announced a Compliance Policy which will exercise enforcement discretion relative to 503A compounders using the bulk drug, Oxitriptan, for compounding oral forms of the drug. Remember, “FDA issued a final rule (84 FR 4696) (“February 19, 2019, final rule”), which established the list of bulk drug substances that can be used to compound drug products under Section 503A of the FD&C Act even though they are not the subject of an applicable USP or NF monograph or a component of an FDA approved drug product (the 503A Bulks List).” Oxtriptan was specifically excluded from that list.
We reported here that June may be a gloomy month for approval actions. A few days ahead of the release of the official OGD numbers, it looks like we were on target. As reported through this morning on FDA All Approvals List (here), OGD had issued 44 full approval actions and 17 tentative approval for a total of 61 approval actions in June.
The FDA announced the availability of two draft labeling guidance documents today. One, titled Instructions for Use—Patient Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products and Drug-Device and Biologic-Device Combination Products—Content and Format (for standardizing the instructions for use section of labeling), and the other, titled Drug Abuse and Dependence Section of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products—Content and Format (to help sponsors develop a standard drug abuse and dependences section of the labeling).
The Report issued each year by the Office of Compliance (OC) is a treasure trove of facts and figures espousing the accomplishments of the OC. The 32 page document (which can be found here) provides a detailed account of OC actions in the enforcement arena, guidance area, consumer awareness and education area,
Today, in the Federal Register (here), the FDA announced a portion of its continuing modernization plan relative to better assessing its summary of approval that FDA prepares for all new NDA and BLA approvals. The notice asked for public comment on “the Clinical Data Summary Report Pilot program as part of the Agency’s continuous assessment of the efficiency and transparency of the clinical data used in the regulatory decision-making process.
This time of year, in southern California, the marine layer (low fog and clouds) hangs over the first few miles of the coast. We call it June gloom. Everyone either goes inland to see the sun or just waits it out until the Fourth of July weekend when the weather usually turns to the glorious,
The Office of Generic Drugs released its first set of metrics this morning for May which shows (as previously reported here), 83 full approval actions and 12 tentative approval actions (1 more in each category than estimated in the post cited above), for a total of 95 approval actions. This is the first time this FY that the total has fallen below 100 approval actions in a single month.
We love reading other regulatory pieces, and particularly liked the one written by Regulatory Focus’ Michael Mezher (here) concerning the “agency plans to “institutionalize” its compounding regulatory program within the center’s Office of Compliance.” While this may provide a better focus for the FDA to coordinate efforts through CDER resources, it could also mean a tougher enforcement stance from the Agency.
In our post from June 10, 2019 (here), we commented on an apparent revision in the number of approved ANDAs from the month of April (a change from 98 to 93). While scratching our heads about the apparent discrepancy, the FDA’s Kristofer Baumgartner, M.A., Director, Division of Public Education and Outreach,
The pre-publication page of the Federal Register Notice posted today (here) a reopening of the comment period for the draft guidance Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing which was originally released February 27, 2019. That guidance can be found here .
While some (but not too many) firms have embraced the concept of continuous manufacturing,
Late Friday afternoon, OGD updated its reported metrics for the month of April. Below are the highlights of the new data that was reported. You can review the entire report on the Activities Report of the Generic Drugs Program (FY 2019) Monthly Performance (here)
For the third month in a row,
For the first time this fiscal year (FY), it looks like the OGD will have taken fewer than 100 total final and tentative “approval actions” in a month. While we await the official OGD figures (which should be reported sometime next week), so far, for May, as gleaned from the FDA “All Approvals” page (here),