Back in 2016, FDA indicated that it was planning to issue a guidance document to explain to firms how to extend expiration dating for doxycycline tablets and capsules held in national stockpiles (here) . Doxycycline is stored in national stockpiles for treatment of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or treatment of inhalational anthrax in the event of an anthrax emergency.
In an immediately effective guidance document entitled Compliance Policy for Combination Product Postmarketing Safety Reporting (here), the FDA is announcing that it will exercise enforcement discretion for certain safety reporting requirements outlined in the Combination Product Postmarketing Safety Reporting Final Rule issued on December 20, 2016 (81 FR 92603) and codified in 21 CFR Part 4,
As I was reviewing the Activities Report of the Generic Drugs Program (FY 2019) Monthly Performance (here) as I do a few times a month, I came across a new footnote to the report. It reads:
++++ = FY19 Approval and Tentative Approval counts were updated in April 2019 to better reflect program output by capturing all approval actions on original applications,
Publishing tomorrow, the FDA will announce that 28 ingredients that were considered in the June 30, 2016 proposed rule were given the boot while further consideration of three ingredients (benzalkonium chloride, alcohol (also referred to as ethanol or ethyl alcohol), and isopropyl alcohol) were deferred until the firms had more time to conduct appropriate studies and the Agency has time to review the additional information to be submitted.
As always, Lachman Consultants looks to provide excellence in all phases of serving our clients’ needs, so we paid close attention to the various speakers, panels and general goings-on at the 2019 ISPE Europe meeting to take the pulse of the industry. We also spoke to many of the show’s attendees, and the takeaways from our many observations and conversations covered a variety of topics.
March 2019 actually saw 89 full approvals and 17 tentative approvals for 106 approval actions (our predictions were off by one). This is another good month for ANDA approvals, but it is also a month that saw the largest number of ANDA submission for FY 2019 at 118. We believe this corresponds to the end of the fiscal year for India,
The 13th annual WRIB (Workshop on Recent Issues of Bioanalysis) was held in New Orleans, LA this week and is wrapping up today. The workshop was well represented by regulators and industry (both from Pharma and CROs), with numerous discussions and topics for the bioanalysis of small and large molecules. Presentations covered the full spectrum of bioanalysis from recently issued guidance documents (both draft and final),
As the FDA and industry prepare for Dr. Gottlieb’s departure from the FDA tomorrow, he and Deputy Commissioner Anna Abram issued a statement (here) on the FDA’s 2019 priorities to improve the quality of compounded drugs. As the statement notes, compounded drug products are not FDA-approved and, thus, can pose a serious threat to the public if not prepared properly.
The OGD had what appears to be another good month, fully approving eighty-eight ANDAs and tentatively approving seventeen ANDAs for a total of 105 approval actions. While a few stragglers may still be lurking and not yet listed on the FDA All Approvals page (here), it looks like a good and productive month for the OGD.
In the not-too-distant past (April 2015), the FDA held a public hearing on potential changes to the enforcement policies and the regulatory approach associated with the marketing of homeopathic drug products. The FDA indicated that it has not had a comprehensive review of the enforcement policies related to these products to reflect changes in the homeopathic market in over twenty-five years (twenty‑seven years now).
The 15 approvals for the generic of Cialis come on the day of the expirations of the 180-day exclusivity enjoyed by the first-to-file applicants. Assuring that the ANDAs gain approval on the first legally possible date that they can be approved means that the price will go down and, when 15 ANDAs receive approval, the price decrease should be substantial.
As many dietary supplement marketers are essentially virtual companies, all manufacturing and testing is performed by organizations contracted by the marketer. In the ten years or so since the dietary supplement GMPs went into effect, control of these contractors has been an ongoing challenge. Most dietary supplement marketers have demonstrated adequate control over their contractors,
This morning the FDA released a guidance document entitled Pediatric Information Incorporated Into Human Prescription Drug and Biological Product Labeling (here) which provides direction to firms that are developing labeling for pediatric patients based on findings of required or literature studies or data that are either positive, negative or inconclusive.
Coauthored by Kurt Karst (of FDA Law Blog) and Bob Pollock
The “Petitioned ANDA”—It’s a route to ANDA approval that’s been around since even before the enactment of the 1984 Hatch-Waxman Amendments. For several years after the enactment of Hatch‑Waxman, the petitioned ANDA was a mainstay of the generic drug industry’s drug development paradigm.
Every day, when I look at the ANDA approvals list, I see that most of the approvals are for the older ANDAs that were submitted to OGD before Year 4 of GDUFA I (when goal dates started). Some of these applications are anywhere from six to ten years old. Once they receive approval, they have a “negative trend” on the mean and median time to approval reported by the FDA.