21
Apr

The Hammer Comes Down on Hydroquinone Cream

Used for years as an “unapproved” drug for lightening of skin color, the FDA issued warning letters to twelve firms selling the drug, telling them that hydroquinone is not generally recognized as safe and effective. On August 29, 2006, the FDA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would establish that over-the-counter (OTC) skin-bleaching drug […]

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25
Mar

March 31 End Date for Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Distribution Under Temporary Policy

In an announcement today, the FDA reminded manufacturers of alcohol-based hand sanitizers that they can no longer distribute products made under the temporary policy, which was withdrawn on December 31, 2021 and gave manufacturers until March 31, 2022 to comply (see the announcement here). The Agency notes that distribution from manufacturers to all outlets, which […]

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14
Mar

OTC User Fee Rates Published Today

The FDA published the OTC User Fee rates for FY 2022 today  These rates were announced this morning in a Federal Register notice (here) and cover fees for OTC manufacturing facilities, contract manufacturing organizations (CMO), and OTC monograph order requests (OMOR) for which there are tier 1 and tier 2 requests.  A comparison of the FY […]

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01
Feb

CARES Act Manufacturing Quantities Reporting Requirement – Better Sharpen Your Pencils!

Back in November 2021, the Lachman blog brought your attention to the changes coming with the new FDA reporting requirements that were instituted under the March 2020 CARES Act (section 3112(e)) when it was reported at the AAM GRx-Biosims conference.  This new law, enacted for COVID‑19 response and relief, includes “enhanced” abilities for the FDA […]

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14
Sep

Whoops, Lots of OTC Manufacturers Missed the Deadline – FDA Releases OTC Arrears List

The FDA published its first arrears list for failure to pay FY 2021 Over-the-Counter Monograph User Fee Act (OMUFA) facility fees.  Invoices were emailed on June 25, 2021 for fees not paid by the May 10, 2021 due date.  And, holy smokes, there are almost 500 firms on the arrears list.  Twenty‑eight are contract manufacturing organizations […]

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