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Nov

Holidays Got You Sufferin’ – Need Some Bufferin – Not to Worry!

The November 23, 2022 issue of the Federal Register (here) contained a Proposal To Withdraw Approval of a New Drug Application for Bufferin (Aspirin) Tablets (NDA 006499) originally approved June 30, 1948 thought to still be held by Bristol Myers.  The Agency proposed to withdrawal this NDA for failure to submit required annual reports.  It […]

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17
Nov

FDA Provides Thanksgiving Gift of 49 New and Revised Product Specific Guidances (PSGs)

In its never-ending quest to provide timely guidance on bioequivalence requirements for generic versions of brand name products, today, the FDA published 29 new and 20 revised BE guidance recommendations in the pre-publication of Federal Register Notice (here) as well as on their website (here, hint: look for the newly added and revised links on […]

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15
Nov

OTC Naloxone Coming Down the Road?  FDA Would Like to Think So!

The opioid/fentanyl crisis, along with the abuse of other opioid‑based products, has put the prospect of an over‑the‑counter (OTC) version of naloxone high on the FDA’s priority list.  Making the product available in a ready and easy‑to‑use format (for instance, a nasal spray or autoinjector) would increase the availability of this potentially life‑saving drug.  Now, […]

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09
Nov

CDER Advisory Committee Votes to Progress Quality Management Maturity

Is a mature pharmaceutical quality system really a competitive advantage?  The industry held this as a belief, but progress in a tangible program was always elusive.  On  November 2nd, the CDER’s advisory committee, Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee (PSCP‑AC), voted to establish a Quality Management Maturity (QMM) program to incentivize investments in mature […]

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08
Nov

GDUFA III Raises Hopes for Surprise PSG Issuance or Revision

GDUFA III Raises Hopes for Surprise PSG Issuance/Revision Explained at AAM’s GRx-Biosims Conference The product specific guidance (PSG) has been a big help to industry in outlining the requirements for establishing bioequivalence requirements for generic drug products.  OGD has issued over 2000 PSGs since the practice began.  While this has been a big boon to […]

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07
Nov

The ISPE Annual Meeting Highlights Quality’s Mandate in the Age of Digitization

This year’s ISPE Annual Meeting and Expo in Orlando highlighted a number of key topics and trends in our industry’s digitization journey. These covered everything from industry progress with manufacturing and laboratory automation and digitization to trends in new technologies like blockchain and ways to modernize quality organization and systems to be digital future ready. […]

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03
Nov

Industry and Regulators Working to Prevent Drug Shortages

I recently attended the ISPE Annual Meeting, held October 29 through November 2, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.  The conference had varied content in areas such as Digital Transformation, Manufacturing Trends, Regulatory and Quality, Supply Chain Optimization, and Therapy Innovations.  The conference was well attended by both industry and regulators. Although I found all of the […]

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03
Nov

Convergence and Collaboration Themes at 2022 ISPE Annual

At the first highly attended ISPE Annual meeting since the pandemic hit, the themes that kept emerging from both sessions and attendees was convergence and collaboration. This concept reached its peak at the sessions that ended this conference, with a keynote from Peter Marks, MD/PhD, Director, CBER, FDA, the Regulatory Town Hall featuring representation from […]

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02
Nov
CrossRoad

Oncology Drugs and Cross Labeling – An Important Document – But Hurdles May Still Exist

Today the FDA issued a guidance entitled Cross Labeling Oncology Drugs in Combination Regimens (https://www.fda.gov/media/162806/download) that describes the Agency thinking on cross labeling of oncology drugs for which there is a proven benefit from their combined use.  As I read the guidance a few things popped into my mind. How can one firm who owns […]

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