12
Aug

Ever See a PANDA In Real Life?  Of Course You Did – You May Even Own One!

In today’s prepublication of the Federal Register listing (here), there is a notice asking for stakeholder comments on the treatment of pre-1962 applications approved as ANDAs that were actually (unbeknownst to most) submitted under section 505(b) of the Act and approved under section 505(c) of the Act, like an NDA.  The historical issues leading to […]

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30
Jul
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Changes to the Clozapine REMS will Take Effect on November 15, 2021 – Be Prepared

Clozapine was one of the first drugs to have a “REMS” system in place to ensure safe use such that patients developing clozapine-induced severe neutropenia were precluded from getting the drug, which would do further damage, and, thus, avoiding potentially life-threatening scenarios. Initially, the REMS program was independently operated by the innovator and, once the […]

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22
Jul
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FDA Field Alert Reports (FARs) far from Clear – Maybe This Will Help

The FDA issued its final guidance on Field Alert Reports (FARs) today (here).  This guidance finalizes the draft guidance of the same title issued on July 19, 2018. FARs have been the subject of much misunderstanding and interpretation regarding when, what, how, and where reports should be sent.  I can’t tell you how many times […]

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19
Jul
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Real World Evidence/ Real World Data Marks Approval of New Use of Existing Product for Transplants

We have heard a lot about the use of real world evidence (RWE) and real world data (RWD) lately in the context of potential approval of new uses of approved drugs.  Well, on July 16, 2021, FDA “approved a new use for Prograf (tacrolimus) based on a non-interventional (observational) study providing real-world evidence (RWE) of […]

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29
Jun

Patient Experience Outcomes Still Puzzle FDA Staff and Stakeholders

In a 33-page report titled Assessment of the Use of Patient Experience Data in Regulatory Decision-Making prepared by Eastern Research Group (here), the views of the FDA and its stakeholders (patients, industry, and physicians) are either leaning towards “we are just figuring it out” (FDA) or “we have no real idea how the Agency utilizes […]

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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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