Halfway Through March – OGD on Pace for Ninety Approval Actions

With numbers reported to date through March 15th,  it looks like the OGD will reach ninety approval actions this month.  There have been thirty-eight full approvals and seven tentative approvals reported so far this month.  With the OGD averaging eighty-eight full approvals for the first five months of FY 2019, it will need to push to get to that number by the end of the month,

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FDA Prioritizes ANDA for Valsartan to Avert Shortage

On March 12, 2019, the FDA approved an ANDA for Valsartan “to help relieve the recent shortage of this critical medicine as a result of multiple recalls of generic valsartan products from several manufacturers due to the finding that certain lots of Valsartan and other ARB medicines contain nitrosamine impurities.”  The Agency prioritized the ANDA’s approval but is it not yet clear how quickly the FDA approved the ANDA or when it was submitted as it is not yet listed on the approval site or in the Orange Book.

Compounder of Sterile Products Hit with Consent Decree

A federal judge entered a consent decree to a 503A compounder of sterile drug products in Texas.  According to the FDA News Release (here), the compounding facility received repeated warnings from the FDA over a two‑year period but continued to compound sterile ophthalmic products.  “The government alleges that Guardian manufactured and distributed purportedly sterile drug products that were adulterated because the drugs were made under insanitary conditions and in violation of current good manufacturing practice requirements under the FD&C Act.  

Changes and Updates to the FDA’s Guidance on Non-Proprietary Naming of Biotech Products

On Thursday, March 7, the FDA published a draft supplementary guidance on non-proprietary naming of biological products <here>, which updates the January 2017 Final Guidance on Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products <here>.  Both of these guidance documents address the FDA’s requirement for including a four-letter nonsense suffix in the proper name for biological products. 

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First Time Generic Approvals January to March 8, 2019

Each year, the OGD publishes a list of first-time generic approvals, which are defined by the agency as:

“First generics” are just what they sound like—the first approval by the FDA which permits a manufacturer to market a generic drug product in the United States.  The FDA considers first generics to be important to public health and prioritizes review of these submissions.

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Whoops! February Approval Actions at 99 or 106! But Don’t Be Fooled by the Numbers – Plus January Stat Update

Well, for the first time, our initial estimates of approval actions for a month was higher than the reported official figures, but are they really?  Don’t know exactly how that happened because our estimates are usually below the totals.  Anyway, the official figures posted today (here) were eight-two full approvals and seventeen tentative approvals.  

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Commissioner Gottlieb Resigns – A Blow to the FDA and the Health of the Nation

In my own humble opinion, Scott Gottlieb’s resignation will come as a blow to both the industry and the public health of our nation.  Dr. Gottlieb will stay in his position for about a month.  There is no speculation as to whom his replacement will be, and, while some of the news outlets cite his taxing weekly commute to Bethesda/D.C.

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Final Guidance on Bulk Drugs that Can Be Used for Compounding for 503B Outsourcing Facilities

The FDA has revised and finalized a guidance document, originally issued in draft on March 26, 2018, entitled Evaluation of Bulk Drug Substances Nominated for Use in Compounding under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (here).  After the posting of the draft guidance, the FDA says that it received approximately sixty comments from stakeholders and,

Continuous Manufacturing Guidance Issued by FDA – Can Generics Successfully Implement this Strategy?

Today, the FDA issued a guidance titled Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing (here).  Talk about a controversial proposition!  The generic industry has long held that implementation of continuous manufacturing might not be appropriate for their business.  Why?  I am not always clear on the answer to that question, but change is always difficult,

BE Guidances Flying Off the Shelf – The Revisions Can Hit the Floor the Hardest!

Today, the FDA issued twenty-two new bioequivalence recommendations, some of which were for some fairly old products, including a couple of DESI drugs.  There were no surprises in the newly issued listings; however, as we have gone on about previously, the FDA has also issued fifty-two – yes, fifty-two – revisions to previously issued guidances.