20
Feb
FDA Goes Back to Basics with Multiple Observations for Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol - Lachman Blog

FDA Goes Back to Basics with Multiple Observations for Diethylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol

In 2022, there were six Warning Letters and five 483 observations for issues relating to Diethylene Glycol (DEG) and Ethylene Glycol (EG). In 2023, there were thirty-six Warning Letters and nineteen 483 observations for DEG and EG concerns. So far this year (mid-February 2024), there have already been three Warning Letters containing observations for DEG […]

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06
Feb
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CARES ACT – 2024 Update – Big News!

Since the implementation of the CARES Act reporting requirement, the question continues to be asked: Is it really a requirement?  The answer is yes, and now it is no longer recommended, but is stated as “should” in the newly published Final version of the Guidance for Industry (GFI) “Reporting Amount of Listed Drugs and Biological […]

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27
Dec
The Eyes Have it - Lachman Consultants Blog

The Eyes Have it!

On December 27, 2023, the FDA released a revised draft version of its October 2023 guidance titled Quality Considerations for Topical Ophthalmic Drug Products: Guidance for Industry. This revised draft, of the same name, outlines most of what was covered in the October draft guidance; however, it does include some clarifications and some additional information. The […]

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06
Dec

Reconsideration: Non-Sterile Drug Manufacture – Don’t Let It Bug You!

The bulk of microbiology attention in the drug manufacturing world is laser focused on sterile drug products and the myriad steps needed to aseptically manufacture them. That is certainly with good reason as those drug products carry the highest patient risk should there be microbial contamination. One aseptic manufacturing misstep and the consequences could be […]

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05
Dec
Congress Questioning Delayed FDA Action on Phenylephrine - Lachman blog image

Congress Questioning Delayed FDA Action on Phenylephrine – What About Impact on Other Decongestants?

In an article published in Fierce Pharma today (here), Kevin Dunleavy pointed to a congressional letter (here), penned by Congresswoman Lisa McClain, Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Health Care and Financial Services, that questions the long lag time for the FDA and its advisory committee to come to the conclusion that phenylephrine, as an oral decongestant, does […]

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16
Oct
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FDA Issues New Guidance for Methanol Testing in Pharmaceutical Alcohols

On the heels of additional reports of methanol poisoning from ingestion of hand sanitizers, the FDA issued a new final guidance titled Policy for Testing of Alcohol (Ethanol) and Isopropyl Alcohol for Methanol (here) for immediate implementation. The guidance applies to the use of pharmaceutical alcohols (PAs) (ethanol and isopropyl alcohol) by pharmaceutical manufacturers, outsourcing […]

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29
Sep
FDA Provides Annual Forecast Activities for Various OTC Monographs -Some Surprises Here_LachmanConsultants

FDA Provides Annual Forecast Activities for Various OTC Monographs -Some Surprises Here!

The FDA notice (here) states: “[T]he over-the-counter (OTC) monograph annual forecast is a nonbinding list, issued each year, of planned monograph activities that FDA intends to initiate over the ensuing 3 years.” When the new monograph system went into effect, it was designed to reduce time to decision making by eliminating the lengthy comment and […]

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15
Sep
Oral Phenylephrine Just Does Not Work - Lachman Consultants

FDA Advisory Committee Concludes That Oral Phenylephrine Just Does Not Work. No Surprise Here!

If you watch the news at all, you know about this but, more importantly for anyone that has taken phenylephrine, the lack of efficacy should have been very noticeable, especially if you have ever taken pseudoephedrine. The FDA has just issued a statement (here), clarifying the Advisory Committee’s recommendation regarding the lack of efficacy of […]

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11
Sep
OTC Monograph Request Fees for FY 2024 - Lachman Consultants

OTC Monograph Request Fees for FY 2024

This morning, the FDA published the OTC Monograph request Fee rates for FY 2024 in a pre-publication Federal Register notice (here); these rates cover fees for OTC monograph order requests (OMORs) for which there are Tier 1 and Tier 2 requests. The distinction for the two classifications of OMORs are a Tier 1 request (usually […]

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