Regulatory Affairs

17
Sep
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Official August 2020 Approvals and Receipts for ANDAs Reported

The Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) reported some of its official statistics for August today.  As usual, the first official reported metrics deal with approval and tentative approval actions, receipt of new ANDAs, and issuance of complete response letters. The OGD reported 58 full-approval actions (which we nailed in our earlier post of unofficial stats […]

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16
Sep

Weight Loss Drug Voluntarily Withdrawn for Apparent Safety Reasons

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking final official action withdrawing the approval of two new drug applications for BELVIQ (lorcaserin hydrochloride (HCl)) tablets and BELVIQ XR (lorcaserin HCl) extended-release tablets which were originally approved by FDA on June 27, 2012 and July 15, 2016, respectively.  This announcement was made on the Federal Register’s […]

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14
Sep

Current Coronavirus Factoids

The FDA has been more than busy in its efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  Here is an update as of September 11, 2020 regarding some of the statistics the FDA has presented. The FDA has: Authorized 247 tests under emergency use authorizations (EUAs), of these: 197 are molecular tests 46 are antibody tests 4 […]

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14
Sep

Lachman OnCall™ GMP Teleconsulting – When you can’t wait to get going.

When you can’t wait for answers to your GMP questions, it’s time for Lachman OnCall™. Our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) understand you need advice right away. Lachman’s SMEs have the knowledge, experience, and skills to address your most urgent scientific, technology, and compliance-related questions, such as: “We had to shut down our sterile manufacturing plant […]

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11
Sep

FDA Says We Got Your Backs, as Always!

In an opinion piece in USA Today (here), eight career executives at the FDA, Patrizia Cavazzoni, Acting Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Susan Mayne, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Judy McMeekin, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory […]

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02
Sep
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Is the Orange Book Patent Listing Process becoming “Divisive”?

The Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (better know as Hatch-Waxman) provided a balance between innovation and competition by permitting generic drugs to rely on the safety and efficacy of a previously approved reference listed drug (RLD) rather than unnecessarily repeating duplicative clinical testing to prove what was already known about […]

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01
Sep
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EUA for Vaccine – Slippery Slope or a Shot in the Dark

The FDA has backed away and revoked a number of Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) that it had issued in the past, including those for hydroxychloroquine and a multitude of less-than-accurate COVID‑19 tests.  By all accounts, there is a degree of trepidation in the scientific community that many of the Agency’s decisions regarding EUAs are being […]

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