COVID-19

08
Apr

False Negative COVID-19 Tests Further Complicated by Variants

The FDA notes that many of the emergency use authorization (EUA) tests currently being utilized are subject to false-negative results.  The FDA emphasizes (here) that variants seen in the virus may have a significant impact on COVID-19 tests and this will likely occur with greater frequency, especially as some of the variants become predominant in […]

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06
Apr

Guidance for ANDAs –Development During Covid-19 – Q&A Document

Yesterday, the FDA issued a guidance document titled Development of Abbreviated New Drug Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Questions and Answers (here).  The guidance covers three broad areas: Generic drug product development ANDA submission and assessment and Marketing and exclusivity. The guidance offers many hints on how the Agency may deal with issues that […]

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05
Mar
Vials

Vial and Component Relief from the FDA for the Vile component Shortage Created by the Pandemic

FDA has proposed some relief from the component shortages created for parenteral and other products identified in the just released Guidance entitled, COVID-19 Container Closure System and Component Changes: Glass Vials and Stoppers. The Agency has recognized the need to provide some regulatory flexibility regarding the filing type for certain changes that may be necessitated […]

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24
Feb
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Staying Ahead of SARS-CoV-2 Variants as You Develop Your Monoclonal Antibody Products

As we have seen in the news lately, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is spinning out new variants as it replicates in infected individuals.  Some of these new variants have been found to be more infectious (and possibly more pathogenic) than the initial virus that first entered the human population.  The good news is that the FDA […]

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19
Jan

Outlining COVID-19 Safety Expectations for ANDA BE Studies

On January 15, 2021, the FDA issued the guidance titled “Protecting Participants in Bioequivalence Studies for Abbreviated New Drug Applications During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency”.  This guidance provides recommendations to study sponsors for the continuation or initiation of their bioequivalence (BE) studies during this COVID-19 public health emergency.  As is no surprise, FDA clearly […]

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30
Sep

Ensuring Manufacturing Continuity for Essential Medicines

John Darby, M.Sc., Senior Director of Lachman Consultants, wrote a recent article for Contract Pharma applying the principles of Quality Risk Management to get medicines to market faster. Here is a brief excerpt from the article: “As vaccine development progresses globally to address the coronavirus pandemic, assurance of manufacturing capability to address supply needs is […]

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14
Sep

Current Coronavirus Factoids

The FDA has been more than busy in its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here is an update as of September 11, 2020 regarding some of the statistics the FDA has presented. The FDA has: Authorized 247 tests under emergency use authorizations (EUAs), of these: 197 are molecular tests 46 are antibody tests 4 […]

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24
Aug

After Some Missteps on EUAs, FDA’s Action on Convalescent Plasma Has the Science Behind It

Clearly, the FDA has acted too early on Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for a few COVID-19 tests and products.  The flurry of revocations of EUAs for tests that were deemed not reliable have cause a sputter in the onset of testing ramp up.  Another specific example was the FDA’s EUA for hydroxychloroquine, which left many […]

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04
Aug

Pharma’s Fight Against the Coronavirus Pandemic

A look at the pharma industry’s concerted effort to develop vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and therapeutics to treat COVID-19. Contract Pharma recently published an article authored by Keith O. Webber, Lachman Consultants. He says, “Although we are faced with significant challenges, hopefully the recently published guidance documents from the FDA in conjunction with the […]

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