Approval Rate for Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies Continues to Grow

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 Proposes a Fix for the DMF Issue for “Deemed to Be a License” NDAs

Section 7002(e)(4) of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 requires that on March 23, 2020, all New Drug Applications (NDAs) for biological products will be “deemed to be a license” under Section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA).  In December of last year, the FDA published a final guidance as well as a Questions and Answers guidance regarding the complex logistics of this regulatory transition. 

The Agency Speaks to Its Effort for Modernizing FDA’s New Drugs Regulatory Program

Today, in the Federal Register (here), the FDA announced a portion of its continuing modernization plan relative to better assessing its summary of approval that FDA prepares for all new NDA and BLA approvals. The notice asked for public comment on “the Clinical Data Summary Report Pilot program as part of the Agency’s continuous assessment of the efficiency and transparency of the clinical data used in the regulatory decision-making process.  

A Deeper Dive on the Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance Viewed from Our Biologics Expert

On Friday May 10, the FDA published the much-anticipated final version of the guidance document Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability with a Reference Product.  We did a general post here  and, while recognizing the final version is similar (highly similar?) to the previous draft from January 2017, a careful review (as outlined here) found several useful and potentially significant changes in the final guidance.

Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance Hits the Street

The issue of the use of biosimilars and their uptake in the market has been a discussion point since the first biosimilar was approved in 2015.  Today, the FDA issued a long-awaited guidance on how a firm can demonstrate interchangeability of a biosimilar to its reference licensed product. The guidance is titled Considerations in Demonstrating Interchangeability With a Reference Product (which is a bit confusing as it applies only to biosimilars) and can be found here.

Have You Visited the Newly Designed FDA Website?

Well, for us old folks, change is always something that makes us queasy.  The newly-designed FDA website stirred those feeling all over again as we try to navigate the new links and find the information that was once at our fingertips (or at least in our bookmarks).  There were some wrong turns and some dead links along the way,

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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AAM Annual Report on Generic Drug Savings Hits the Street

Each year, the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) publishes its report on generic drug savings (here).  The data is based on the independent IQVIA organization’s findings.  Some interesting findings in the forty-page report are outlined below:

  • 93% of generic prescriptions are filled at $20 or less.
  • The average co-pay of for a generic product covered by insurance is $6.06 compared to an average brand co-pay of $40.30.

Applications Submitted During Shutdown Period and Acceptance Dates

FDA notes on its User Fee web page (here) that the key date for acceptance of NDAs, BLAs, and ANDAs will be dictated by the first date that FDA could accept fees under the appropriation (after the shut down was over) which is January 28, 2019.  The Agency gives the following advice as to how it will treat fee-paying applications and time periods for which fees must be paid (if not submitted at time of original submission of the application) (please see below):

  • For ANDAs transmitted to FDA during the lapse period,

Gottlieb Hints at Biosimilar Scare Tactics; Is There Any Surprise Here?

Shortly after the 1984 Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (Hatch-Waxman) was passed (the legislation that greatly expanded the universe for generic drug products), and even before the first generic under the new legislation was passed, a campaign was initiated to undermine the public’s confidence in generic drugs.  Major pharmaceutical companies began petitioning the Agency with frivolous claims that the system for determining bioequivalence was not sufficiently robust to clearly determine that a generic was truly therapeutically equivalent to its brand name counterpart.

Big Year for NMEs at FDA

In 2018, the FDA says it approved fifty-nine new molecular entities, which included a whopping thirteen biosimilar products.  All of the NME product approvals can be found here.

It is important for you the read the FDA explanation of how the Agency is defining NMEs for the purposes of this report and stay focused on the regulatory implications versus the practical implications of how the FDA is classifying this term. 

Happy Holidays from Us to You!

To all of our readers – Have a happy holiday season and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.  The Lachman blog will be taking a break over the holiday starting Friday, December 21st (unless something extremely urgent occurs) and I hope that all of you will rejoin me in the New Year as we follow the ever-changing landscape of FDA regulatory science,

FDA Publishes a Bonanza of Regulatory Documents on Biotech Products – a Deeper Dive

Many thanks to the FDA for publishing several important new and revised guidances and a proposed rule related to the Biopharmaceutical industry this week.  These include a finalized version of the “Deemed to be a License” Guidance for industry (here) with several important revisions and additions relative to the previously published draft,

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