06
Dec

November Is “Unofficially” in the Books – OGD Approval Numbers Await Official Publication

Well, here we are at the conclusion of the second month of FY 2023 and we can still only report unofficial approval numbers.  At least we know the reason why (see previous post here), but it’s very important to continue to track these metrics as approvals are the lifeblood of the generic pharmaceutical industry. We […]

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29
Nov

Where Have All the Official Stats Gone, Long Time Passing!

The FDA is usually pretty consistent with the timing of their publication of official OGD metrics, especially when it comes to the publication of the Generic Drugs Program Activities Report – Monthly Performance.  The first month of official stats has not yet been available and it is almost December. I was curious about the delay, […]

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29
Nov

Accelerated Approvals – Here Is One to Watch

It is always interesting to see how the Agency works when one action could trigger another action.  In the Federal Register pre-publication page (here) this morning, the “Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [announced that it] is withdrawing approval of new drug application (NDA) 019832 for SULFAMYLON® (Mafenide Acetate, USP) Powder for 5% Topical Solution, held […]

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22
Nov

Bulk Drugs for Use in Compounding by 503B Compounders – Score: +2, -3

Outsourcing compounding facilities are those that register with the FDA as such under section 503B of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.  According to the FDA, “[O]ne of the conditions that must be met for a drug product compounded by an outsourcing facility to qualify for the exemptions under section 503B of the FD&C Act is […]

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21
Nov

FDA Inspections Summit: Emerging from Covid and the Future of Data Integrity

The 17th Annual FDA Inspections Summit kicked off with high energy by keynote speaker Elizabeth Miller, Pharm.D., Assistant Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco Operations Regulatory Affairs who presented on the FDA perspective on inspections.  As the entire world emerges from the pandemic, it was reported that the ORA is holding “listening sessions” to see […]

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15
Nov

OGD Extolls Review Enhancement at GRx+Biosims Meeting

At the AAM GRx+Biosims meeting last week in North Bethesda, Maryland, Ted Sherwood, Director of the Office of Regulatory Operations, Office of Generic Drugs, indicated that the negotiations for GDUFA III had led to a number of program enhancements in the generic drug review and approval processes.  He outlined a number of these changes from GDUFA II […]

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14
Nov
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Will There Be Changes to FDA’s Post-Approval Changes Guidances?

One of the closing sessions at the recent Association for Accessible Medicine’s GRx + Biosimilars conference covered Post-Approval Changes to Complex Generic Drugs.  The session included presentations from multiple individuals from FDA, as well as from industry, to provide a breadth of perspective on this subject. As one would expect, the session did offer both […]

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11
Nov
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FDA Gives Some Updates and Some Advice at AAM GRx+Biosims Conference

Day two of the Association of Accessible Medicine (AAM) Generics and Biosimilars Conference, which took place on November 8, 2022, started with plenary session presentations from Dr. Susan Rosencrance, Acting Director, Office of Generic Drugs (OGD), Dr. Michael Kopcha, Director, Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ), and Donald Ashley, JD, Director, Office of Compliance (OC) with the FDA. […]

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