With seven of twenty-two business days left in the month, the OGD stands at twenty-seven full‑approval actions and seven tentative‑approval actions. The FY 2020 average for each category so far is just under fifty‑eight full‑approval actions and twelve tentative‑approval actions. Unless the end of the month picks up, we could see the slowest month for approval actions this FY.
With the end of the first quarter of FY 2020 approaching, the official numbers from FDA show a big jump from the meager number of new ANDA submissions the first two months of this FY with the December receipts hitting a 2 year high at 149. Of course, this is likely due to getting the submission in to meet end of the year goals for industry,
In a January 14, 2020 Drug Safety Communication (here), FDA discusses an alert to patients taking the weight loss drugs Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin) of a potential increase in the risk of cancer. The NDA drug products were approved on July 27, 2012 (immediate-release) and July 15, 2016 (extended-release version),
While I do happen to reside in California, I won’t take any blame for the Governor’s idea for California to become a private-label distributor of generic drugs. This idea leaves me scratching my head and may have something to do with someone smoking some really potent wacky weed.
Sorry that I don’t know the specific details of the plan,
OGD reported the approval of 108 first time generic approvals in CY 2019. This is the highest total in at least 4 years, with previous totals of 99 for 2018, 80 for 2017, and 73 for 2016. There are many reasons for variations in the number of first approvals, some of which relate to the number of products that may be eligible for approval after a period of New Chemical Entity exclusivity,
In the Federal Register pre-publication notices today, the FDA announced an opportunity for hearing for 249 ANDAs that it proposes to withdraw because the applicants have repeatedly failed to submit Annual Reports. The notice announces the opportunity for a hearing for any of the applicants. Many of the ANDAs are old applications, with some from companies that have been out of business for years;
Today is January 8th and the OGD just updated the November 2019 metrics (here) with the following information of interest: the OGD refused-to-receive three ANDAs (all of which were standard applications) and acknowledged fifty-five original ANDAs.
There were twenty ANDAs withdrawn in November (two were approved ANDAs that were likely no longer marketed) and eighteen were unapproved applications.
The Agency issued two warnings today, one about a recall due to a drug-strength labeling error for Mirtazapine and the other regarding a potential serious adverse event, breathing difficulties, associated with the use of gabapentinoids.
It appears that there was a label mix-up with a single lot of Mirtazapine and “Aurobindo Pharma USA,
With the first quarter of FY 2020 in the rearview mirror, a review of the FDA’s All Approvals list (here) and the FDA’s Recent New and Generic Approvals list (here) looks like the new monthly normal for full approval actions will likely be close to sixty per month with about an additional ten tentative approval actions.
The Q&A document addresses a number of frequently asked questions about the Pre-Launch Activities Importation Request (PLAIR) process, and when you can or cannot use a PLAIR for importing unapproved drug product into the United States. Quite interestingly, there are quite a few answers of “no” to the FAQs, which likely demonstrates that firms have been trying to apply the PLAIR process to situations for which it was not intended.
Each year at holiday time, we try to provide a little levity in some of our blog posts, as well as spread some good cheer. So here you go – love it or not – we fully expect this to be sung outside Building 31 in Bethesda on the evening of December 24th.
To the tune of “Winter Wonderland,” this is “Winter Wonderland,
Today’s prepublication of the Federal Register contains the proposed rule for drug importation from Canada. The proposed rule is 172 pages long and outlines the FDA expectations for the safe importation of drug products from Canada. Section 804 Importation Programs (SIPs) provides the basis for each request for importation and provides the importation requirements. The supply chain for each drug under a SIP would be limited to three entities,
Without much fanfare, on November 11, 2019, OGD approved the first generic vaginal contraceptive ring. Amneal’s approval showed up today on the Drug@FDA, FDA approved drugs list. It is a therapeutic equivalent to Nuvaring by Organon/Merck. Given the ANDA number, it appears that the application was submitted about early to mid-2018, which by all standards for a complex generic product is somewhat amazing to say the least.
Tomorrow, the FDA will issue a final rule (see prepublication document here) very similar to its proposed rule published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2018.
The notice states “[I]n this final rule, FDA repeals the irradiation regulation, which provided that any drug sterilized by irradiation was a new drug.
Based on our post previewing the November totals, there were some late added approvals that did not initially show up on the Agency approval databases. We reported 49 full approval actions and 8 tentative approval actions on December 3rd. With the release of the official November numbers (here), OGD issued 59 full approval actions and 10 tentative approval actions,for a total of 69 approval actions for the month or 4 more than last month (57 full and 8 tentative approval actions).