07
Apr
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How Do Bad Facts Become Fake News and Possibly Worse?

Oftentimes, we hear startling statistics that make us shiver and can cause a knee jerk reaction.  Much has been written about the quantity of drugs that come from overseas, and the push for moving manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and finished dosage forms (FDF) back into the U.S.  While bringing jobs back to the […]

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06
Apr
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Let’s Face It! Protective Masks Have Revised Enforcement Policy Issued by CDRH

The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) issued a revised guidance describing its policy on enforcement strategy for public personal use and filtered healthcare professional face masks titled Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (here).  The CDRH says the relaxed policy will remain in effect […]

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31
Mar
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FDA Promotes Hydroxychloroquine to Category 1 Status for Compounders – Wait a Minute!

My eyes almost popped out of my head when I read this article (here) concerning FDA’s move to place hydroxychloroquine in Category 1 for use by compounders based on a potential drug shortage created mostly by the administration’s hope that the drug may have some effect on COVID 19.  It is one thing to use […]

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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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23
Mar

A Break from COVID 19 – The Nitrosamine Saga Is Far from Over

Remember the days when the biggest concern that both consumers and the pharmaceutical industry had was about potential contamination of medications by nitrosamines? Just a few weeks ago, rumors were flying around fast and furiously among patient groups on social media, firms were issuing recalls of numerous medications, and regulators were involved in issuing policies […]

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23
Mar

FDA to Exercise Enforcement Discretion for Certain Limited REMS ETASU Elements

Another FDA Guidance entitled Policy for Certain REMS Requirements During the COVID19 Public Health Emergency (here) provides another look into the complexity of the questions and the situations that arise when we are in the throes of a public health emergency (PHE) and the interplay of existing FDA requirements in addressing urgent need during the […]

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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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18
Mar

The Art of Filing NDA/ANDA Post-Approval Changes to the FDA

Contract Pharma recently published an article addressing some valuable tips to make your trip along the regulatory pathway to report manufacturing changes easier. The author, Amy Schutte, Senior Associate, Regulatory Practice of Lachman Consultants says, “Change is inevitable, continuous, and reportable to the FDA when we are talking about approved human or animal drugs.” Specifically, […]

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