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EUA for Vaccine – Slippery Slope or a Shot in the Dark

The FDA has backed away and revoked a number of Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) that it had issued in the past, including those for hydroxychloroquine and a multitude of less-than-accurate COVID‑19 tests.  By all accounts, there is a degree of trepidation in the scientific community that many of the Agency’s decisions regarding EUAs are being […]

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Do You Have Your Checkbook Ready? Be sure Clinicaltrials.gov Listings Are Made and Are Accurate!

FDA finalized its guidance entitled “Civil Money Penalties Relating to the ClinicalTrials.gov Data Bank Guidance for Responsible Parties, Submitters of Certain Applications and Submissions to FDA, and FDA Staff” (quite a mouthful) today (here) which was originally issued as a draft in September 2018.  The FR Notice announcing the availability of the guidance (here) indicates […]

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Are You Ready? Because the FDA IS Getting Ready!

How has COVID 19 changed your organization?  Do you have fewer or newer employees?  Have you kept up with training requirements, or has your focus been more targeted towards keeping the freight moving?  Has your workforce stabilized with sufficient personnel to perform the complex cGMP tasks necessary and the documentation requirements expected by the FDA?  […]

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REMS – Revision 2 Adds Updates to Previous Two Versions

The FDA released an updated version of its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies: Modifications and Revisions Guidance for Industry as Revision 2.  Originally issued in 2015 (here) and updated again in 2019, the June 2020 version contains much the same information but provides updates as to timetables, additional categories of PAS, CBE, and CBE 30 […]

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Data Integrity Issues Still Plague Pharmaceutical Manufacturers – Where’s the Beef?

I know that I have written about this issue multiple times (here and here; also search our blog for other data integrity posts) and I guess it is a holdover from my time at FDA and living through the generic drug scandal of the late 1980s, but, come on now, folks, the FDA’s bark seems […]

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Meeting and Application Goal Dates – Questions and Answers of Impact of COVID-19 Work

The FDA released a guidance to remain in effect until the COVID-19 public health emergency is resolved titled Effects of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on Formal Meetings and User Fee Applications — Questions and Answers ( here).  In this guidance, the Agency addresses many questions they have been asked about scheduling meetings, face-to-face (FTF) […]

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Getting Ready for FY 2021 PDUFA Program Fees – “Dear Colleague” Letter Arrives in the Mail

The FDA has sent a “Dear Colleague” letter (here) to NDA holders to get ready for the start of FY 2021 on October 1, when the program fees (previously called “product fees” in previous iterations of PDUFA) will be due for each product (up to 5 in each application) marketed by the application holder.  The […]

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Jump in Number of Clinical Trials for COVID 19 Treatments Explodes

In a post entitled The Path Forward: Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (here) penned by FDA Commissioner Steven Hahn, CBER M.D., Director Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., and CDER Director Janet Woodcock, M.D., the FDA describes the accelerated actions the Agency is taking to move the most promising therapeutic treatments to patients as quickly as possible. Just […]

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