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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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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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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20
Jul

Everything You May Want to Know About Therapeutic Equivalence (and More!)

While most of us old timers grew up with Therapeutic Equivalence (TE) after the passage of Hatch-Waxman, the newly released draft guidance on TE (here) should be a good primer or refresher for most interested parties.  There may also be some things you did not know, like how a 505(b)(2) application can request a TE […]

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05
Jul

How to Prepare for an FDA Inspection – Important Things to Know, from the Perspective of a Former Investigator (Part 3)

In our previous installment on inspectional preparation and conduct, we covered recommended actions to be inspection ready, how to interact with FDA, and how personnel should conduct themselves during an FDA inspection. In today’s installment, we will cover what happens after the inspection, focusing on responding to an FDA 483 and inspectional outcome decision making. […]

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01
Jul

How to Prepare for an FDA Inspection – Important Things to Know from the Perspective of a Former Investigator (Part 2)

In our previous installment, Tamil Arasu, former investigator with FDA, detailed preparations that a firm can make in advance of an FDA inspection, as well as details on the types of inspections that FDA performs on drug firms. In today’s post, Tamil will describe appropriate conduct during an inspection, including both the personnel that will […]

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29
Jun

Rescinding Breakthrough Therapy Designation – Guidance Provides FDA’s Thinking

The breakthrough therapy designation (BTD), once awarded to a drug product under development, triggers a rather intensive use of Agency resources, such as providing “early and frequent advice, conduct multidisciplinary meetings involving senior managers, and when appropriate, expedite the review of resultant marketing applications.”  The program is designed to “facilitate and expedite” review of promising […]

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06
May

Hold On! That Previously Acceptable Level of Nitrosamine in Your Product is No Longer Acceptable!

Yesterday, the Agency expressed confidence that manufacturers of varenicline tablets containing the N‑nitroso-varenicline impurity can meet the FDA’s original acceptable intake limit of 37 ng or less per day. Their statement read:  “FDA is now confident in manufacturers’ ability to supply patients with varenicline containing the N-nitroso-varenicline impurity at or below the agency’s acceptable intake limit […]

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