New Drugs


Damned If You Do and Damned If You Don’t – Thinking About a New Permanent Commissioner

There appears to be some concern about Janet Woodcock, MD being selected for the permanent FDA Commissioner job.  Not sure why there is so much hype and concern.  Most of the pressure being applied from the non-supporters focus on the opioid crisis; however, some critics are being quick to complain about the approval actions that […]

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Mission Critical Inspections, What About Me?  What’s a Body to Do?

Two prominent senators recently sent a letter to the Commissioner of the FDA on November 10, 2020, requesting him to provide certain information regarding the current state of conducting international inspections.  Many of those within and supportive of the pharmaceutical industry applaud the efforts of these senators in shining a light on some elements associated […]

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FDA’s “Be Safe” Program Provides Advice on Online Pharmacies

The news is rife with stories about counterfeit drugs, illegal operating on-line pharmacies, on-line pharmacies dispensing sub- or super-potent medicines, some act as virtual opioid pill mills, but the FDA has launched a campaign to help consumers navigate the online pharmacy morass.  Released this morning the FDA’s web page (here) asks in its opening line […]

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Domestic Priority Inspections to Restart on July 20 – With Conditions

FDA announced a target date for the resumption of prioritized domestic facility inspections beginning on July 20, 2020.  The Full FDA announcement can be found here. FDA points out that they will be closely watching the trajectory of COVID-19 cases by area, as well as other logistical factors (i.e., public transportation) and will make decisions […]

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REMS – Revision 2 Adds Updates to Previous Two Versions

The FDA released an updated version of its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies: Modifications and Revisions Guidance for Industry as Revision 2.  Originally issued in 2015 (here) and updated again in 2019, the June 2020 version contains much the same information but provides updates as to timetables, additional categories of PAS, CBE, and CBE 30 […]

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FDA Revokes Emergency Use Authorization for Chloroquine Phosphate and Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate

In an FDA new release (here), the Agency announced that it was pulling its EUA saying they “determined that the legal criteria for issuing an EUA are no longer met”.  The Agency took this action after a review of the current state of knowledge on the two drugs relative to their unproven efficacy and serious […]

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New Recommended PDE Limits for Three Solvents Proposed by ICH

Today, in the Federal Register pre-publication notice (here), “the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of draft recommendations for new permitted daily exposures (PDEs) for the residual solvents 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF), cyclopentyl methyl ether (CPME), and tert-butyl alcohol (TBA).”  The recommendations are based on the testing parameters established for developing permitted […]

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IQVIA VP Discusses the Market – Including Factors Impacting Patient Compliance

We all know that the most expensive prescription is the one the patient does not take.  Certainly, there are several factors that impact the decision for a patient to fill a prescription.  Failure to comply with medication directions can also impact the health of the patient.  These failures to comply can lead to more expensive […]

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