Like many drugs that undergo clinical trials (even larger trials), rare adverse events may not become apparent until well after the drug is in wider use after approval. In addition, as a condition of approval, the FDA often requires a post-approval commitment to further study the drug. Such is the case as described in the updated Safety Communication released today by the Agency as FDA announced it approved “a Boxed Warning about increased risk of blood clots and death with higher dose of arthritis and ulcerative colitis medicine tofacitinib (Xeljanz,
In a Federal Register Notice to be published tomorrow (here), the FDA announced GDUFA User Fees that will be in effect for Fiscal Year 2020, which begins on October 1, 2019 and continues through September 30, 2020. There is some good news and some bad news.
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According to the FDA, OGD approved 11 ANDAs for Pregabalin (a generic for Lyrica), on Friday, July 19, 2019. However, when looking at the Innovator product’s patent and exclusivity awards, the 180-day pediatric exclusivity expired on June 30, 2019. This got my mind working to try to figure out why the
17-day (June 30 fell on a Sunday) delay occurred,
In a 21 page response (here) dated July 18, 2019 to Citizen Petition Docket No. 2019-P-0837 (here ), filed on February 20, 2019, the FDA determined that a carve out of an exclusivity-based and patent-based (potential little viii) statements regarding a supplemental application approval granting the inclusion of information on treatment of emergent sexual dysfunction would not make an ANDA product less safe or effective than the reference listed drug.
With just eleven of the twenty-two working days left in July for the OGD to report approval actions, the number of full approval actions stands at twenty-nine and tentative approval actions sit at eight, for a total of thirty-seven so far this month. These numbers are derived from the FDA’s All Approvals page here.
Now that we have passed the midpoint of 2019, it seemed like a good time to take a look at how the FDA and industry are doing at getting biotechnology product applications approved, and put this into historical perspective.
Between 1965 and the end of Federal Fiscal Year 2013, the FDA had approved approximately 86 therapeutic biopharmaceutical products (TBPs).
FDA has announced the availability of another draft guidance for industry entitled, Harmonizing Compendial Standards with Drug Application Approval Using the USP Pending Monograph Process. The draft guidance is part of FDA’s continued support of the Drug Competition Action Plan and to encourage the generic industry to take advantage of the USP’s Pending Monograph Process that was initiated in 2015.
It certainly seems that the world is getting smaller and this concept has been coming to the regulated industry for quite some time now. As early as 1999, the European Commission has been working diligently with the EMA and other regulatory bodies throughout the world to form Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) related to inspections and to harmonize standards within the industry.
We are living in a world that is constantly changing and using forms of media such as videos and live recordings as forms of communication, notification, training and archiving of special events. In this age, we are constantly bombarded with Tweets, G-Chats and Facebook posts that have videos attached. We can stream tv shows, live news reporting and sports events in real time.
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.
Like death and taxes, eventually every pharmaceutical testing laboratory will get a regulatory agency inspection. The anticipation of a regulatory inspection will instill great angst even within the most compliant laboratories. The anticipated inspection might be a periodic inspection, but most often is a Pre-Approval Inspection (PAI). The anxiety about an impending inspection often triggers a request for an independent third-party audit of the facility including the laboratory.
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.
On July 9, 2019, FDA finalized the Guidance for Industry titled, Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies: Modifications and Revisions. The current Guidance updates the previous Guidance with the same name that was issued on April 7, 2015. The update is more of a finalization; the portion of the draft that sets forth the submission procedures for REMS revisions and modifications.
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,