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,
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,
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.
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).
Reading Derrick Gingery’s article “ANDA Approval Records Will End As U.S. FDA Mops Up Backlog” (here) in today’s Pink Sheet about Dr. Woodcock’s contention that the clearance or “mop up” of the backlog will impact the number of generic drug approvals, I was somewhat stopped in my tracks. Granted, the backlog of old applications did contribute to the number of approvals but,
Just look around, watch the television, read the newspaper, and what do you see? Seems like very few reasons to be thankful. School and workplace shootings, the political scene is as nasty as I ever remember in my 70 years on earth. Climate change is threatening the future of our children, and the environmental controls have been set back 50 years as the oceans continue to rise,
OGD reported the official approval actions, receipts, and Complete Response Letters for the first month of FY 2020. There were 57 full approval actions and 8 tentative approval actions for a total of 65 approval actions for the month of October (we reported 52 and 9 actions respectively here), so it appears that there were some adjustments made to arrive at the final official numbers (along with some delay in reporting full approval actions).
With the FDA reporting posted through November 18th, the OGD has issued full-approval actions for just twenty-four ANDAs and has issued tentative approval actions for two ANDAs. Thanksgiving week is a notoriously slow week for approval actions due to the holiday and staff absences, so November looks like it will be a somewhat lean month for approvals.
I am pleased to report that the approval and tentative approval actions are again appearing on the daily approvals and All Approvals listing on the FDA website again. So far, it looks like another of the slower months for approval and tentative approval actions to start off the new fiscal year. To date (through October 30),
For the first time since GDUFA’s beginning, the number of ANDA approval actions exceeded the number of ANDAs received in a given FY (935 approvals vs 909 new ANDA receipts). In addition, OGD smashed the FY approval record with the 935 approval actions by 154 (or 16.5%) more than the previous record of 781 in FY 2018.
August saw the OGD refusing to receive only three applications, one standard application and two priority GDUFA II applications. Quite interestingly, thus far this FY, the number of priority-review applications compared to the number of standard-review ANDAs that have been refused to be received (10/37) is quite high considering that there are many more standard-review applications submitted each month.
After a few inquiries about the lack of public approval action reporting for ANDAs at the end of August and thus far through September 25th, it appears that our reporting revealed some type of a problem. Although we do not know the exact nature of the problem as of yet, we received a nice note from the FDA press office.