I am saddened to report that on Saturday January 4, 2020 my (our) good friend Don Hare passed away peacefully after a brief illness. When I heard the news, my heart broke. For those of us in the FDA or in the drug industry, he stood as a man among men and will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
Just look around, watch the television, read the newspaper, and what do you see? Seems like very few reasons to be thankful. School and workplace shootings, the political scene is as nasty as I ever remember in my 70 years on earth. Climate change is threatening the future of our children, and the environmental controls have been set back 50 years as the oceans continue to rise,
In a series of four Federal Register Notices issued today, the FDA announced the fee structures for the last four UFAs for Fiscal Year 2020.
It is no surprise that the PDUFA fees are the highest overall in total, with well over $1 billion in potential collections. The fees for each of the programs are presented in the tables below,
Contract Pharma published an article back in May discussing the issue of Nitrosamines uninvitedly found in drug products. The article’s author, Aloka Srinivasan, VP of Lachman Consultants, helps us better understand the presence of Nitrosamines and how to address them. Nitrosamines has recently re-surfaced in the pharmaceutical world due to FDA and other international agencies finding traces of these compounds in the angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs),
The FDA announced the availability of two draft labeling guidance documents today. One, titled Instructions for Use—Patient Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products and Drug-Device and Biologic-Device Combination Products—Content and Format (for standardizing the instructions for use section of labeling), and the other, titled Drug Abuse and Dependence Section of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products—Content and Format (to help sponsors develop a standard drug abuse and dependences section of the labeling).
The Report issued each year by the Office of Compliance (OC) is a treasure trove of facts and figures espousing the accomplishments of the OC. The 32 page document (which can be found here) provides a detailed account of OC actions in the enforcement arena, guidance area, consumer awareness and education area,
Today, in the Federal Register (here), the FDA announced a portion of its continuing modernization plan relative to better assessing its summary of approval that FDA prepares for all new NDA and BLA approvals. The notice asked for public comment on “the Clinical Data Summary Report Pilot program as part of the Agency’s continuous assessment of the efficiency and transparency of the clinical data used in the regulatory decision-making process.
From the news stories on the price fixing suits, to the reported revelations about quality in the generic drug industry, or to the publication of a book titled “Bottle of Lies”, it has not been a good start to the news cycle for the generic drug industry this week. The report on price fixing was met with a response to 60 Minutes May 12,
In my own humble opinion, Scott Gottlieb’s resignation will come as a blow to both the industry and the public health of our nation. Dr. Gottlieb will stay in his position for about a month. There is no speculation as to whom his replacement will be, and, while some of the news outlets cite his taxing weekly commute to Bethesda/D.C.