Biologics

25
Mar

Will the Crunch Be On?

On Tuesday March 24, 2020, Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India ordered an extensive lockdown of all of its 1.3 billion residents.  “There will be a total ban of coming out of your homes,’’ Mr. Modi said. “Every district, every lane, every village will be under lockdown,’’ he said.  “If you can’t handle these 21 […]

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21
Mar

ADE Relief During Pandemic – But Only if You Need It!

The guidances related to this COVID 19 pandemic (and I guess in preparation for the next one) are flying off the printers at the Agency.  The FDA issued this Guidance directly with no public comment on March 20, 2020.  It takes into consideration the potential impact of the pandemic on staffing level that may interfere […]

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20
Mar

COVID-19 Guidances to Bypass Initial Public Comment Period

In a prepublication notice in the Federal Register published today (here), the FDA indicates that, since the COVID 19 pandemic has resulted in the declaration of a public health emergency by the President, and, through the regulatory authority given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the FDA will expedite important guidance on COVID […]

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04
Mar
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NDA Guidance on Pancreatic Enzymes is Withdrawn

While it is no surprise, the prepublication notice in the Federal Register today (here) announces the withdrawal of the FDA guidance Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Drug Products–Submitting New Drug Applications.  The announcement comes just 19 days prior to the date when these products can no longer be submitted as an NDA.  Remember, FDA had noted in […]

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27
Feb
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You Can Build a Wall, but Not Assure Vaccination Against Coronavirus Will Be Affordable for All?

Reports of Secretary Azar’s comments regarding not being able to assure affordability of vaccination for all is a sign of the times we live in now.  Now, I agree that a pharmaceutical company that can develop a vaccine to this deadly virus should be compensated fairly, but, if the United States fails to assure the […]

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24
Feb
October Approvals

Glimpses of What’s Ahead – FY 2019 GDUFA Science and Research Report

The FDA issued its Fiscal Year (FY) GDUFA Science and Research Report last week (read the full report here and the awarded research contracts and grants here).  A review of the innovative scientific focus areas helps those of us in the industry to get a sense of where the FDA is headed in support of […]

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21
Feb
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Less is More!

Today, the FDA published in a final rule (here) a significant revision to the regulatory definition of biological product that will have a major impact on what product will be regulated under the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), and which will be regulated solely under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).  Specifically, the […]

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19
Feb
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Is your NDA a BLA?  March 23rd is Quickly Approaching….

Our own Keith Webber originally provided very detailed information and helpful hints in his August 2019 blog (here) regarding FDAs transition of certain NDAs to BLAs under the BPCI Act. So, although this may not be “new” news, we think it’s worth a quick trip down memory lane, as the implementation date quickly approaches.  Let’s […]

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14
Feb
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CBER Publishes a Boatload of New Gene Therapy Guidances

  January was a gangbuster month for the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) with regard to publication of gene therapy (GT) guidance documents!  A total of six final guidelines and one draft guideline on GT products were issued.  These included: Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Control Information for Human Gene Therapy Investigational New Drug […]

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11
Feb
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FDA Provides Valuable Guidance on Bridge-Building for Combination Products

Three of FDA’s Centers (CDER, CBER, and CDRH) recently published a combined draft guidance for Industry entitled Bridging for Drug-Device and Biologic-Device Combination Products  (here).  This draft guidance provides the FDA’s current thinking on what manufacturers should consider when they wish to bridge the data from one such combination product to another combination product during […]

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