14
Jun

Now that the Unapproved Drug Initiative Is Back on the Horizon, FDA Makes Noise About Unapproved Prescription Thyroid Drugs

In a recent Consumer Update published on its website, the FDA provides a very brief history of the origin of thyroid treatments, noting that the first versions of thyroid replacement products were made from the glands of pigs or cows.  The discussion moves on to describe the new generation (well, not too new) of synthetic […]

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23
Mar
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FDA Reviews 20 Drug Products and Determines that They Were Not Discontinued for S&E Reasons

Once an approved NDA product is discontinued from marketing or withdrawn, the FDA must make a determination that the reason for such action by the innovator was not for safety or efficacy reasons (see 21 CFR 314.161(a)).  Such a determination must be made before an ANDA for a duplicate of the reference listed drug (RLD) […]

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17
Mar
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Update on Meeting CDER User Fee Goals During Pandemic – Not Too Bad!

As we all know, the pandemic has wreaked havoc with inspections of drug manufacturers, API manufacturers, and laboratory facilities, as well as inspection of clinical study sites.  Remote working, meeting problems, and just general pandemic fatigue has hindered some of the FDA’s work.  However, the statistics are not as bad as one might think, all […]

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16
Mar

Milligram Equivalents of Morphine – What is This About?

For those of you that are not directly in the pharmaceutical industry or who are not healthcare providers, you may wonder why the FDA is having a meeting to discuss the morphine milligram equivalents for other opioids.  Well, I know that measure gives healthcare providers a good idea of how to transition patients taking morphine […]

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03
Mar
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FDA Determination that Lorcaserin Was Withdrawn for Safety Reasons

On January 14, 2020, we posted a blog (here) concerning a Drug Safety Communication discussing FDA’s concern that the drug product Belviq or Belviq XR (lorcaserin) could increase the risk of cancer.  On September 16, 2020, we posted a blog noting FDA’s final action withdrawing the 2 NDA drug applications for the product mentioned above […]

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02
Mar

After Two FDRR, FDA Set to Issue Refusal to Approve NDA for Sotagliflozin Oral Tablets

In a prepublication of a Federal Register notice (here) that will publish on March 3, 2021, the FDA has announced its intention to refuse to approve the 505(b)(1) NDA originally filed by Sanofi and now held by Lexicon Pharmaceuticals for Sotagliflozin Oral Tablets, 200 mg and 400 mg.  The product was intended to be indicated […]

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05
Feb

Safety Trial Finds Increased Risk of Serious Heart-Related Problems and Cancer with Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib)

When FDA approved the Pfizer drug product tofacitinib (Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR), which treats arthritis and ulcerative colitis by decreasing the activity of the immune system, they required that Pfizer conduct post-approval safety trials to evaluate the risk of serious heart-related events, cancer and infections. Tofacitinib is offered in two strengths which were both studied in […]

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