Can We Call It the Affirmation of a “Beautiful Friendship”?

FDA has announced the availability of another draft guidance for industry entitled, Harmonizing Compendial Standards with Drug Application Approval Using the USP Pending Monograph Process.  The draft guidance is part of FDA’s continued support of the Drug Competition Action Plan and to encourage the generic industry to take advantage of the USP’s Pending Monograph Process that was initiated in 2015.

Understanding the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)

It certainly seems that the world is getting smaller and this concept has been coming to the regulated industry for quite some time now.  As early as 1999, the European Commission has been working diligently with the EMA and other regulatory bodies throughout the world to form Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) related to inspections and to harmonize standards within the industry.  

The Yellow Brick Road for Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies

On July 9, 2019, FDA finalized the Guidance for Industry titled, Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies: Modifications and Revisions.  The current Guidance updates the previous Guidance with the same name that was issued on April 7, 2015.  The update is more of a finalization; the portion of the draft that sets forth the submission procedures for REMS revisions and modifications.

FDA’s New Weapons to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Yesterday, FDA announced the eligibility of ANDAs submitted for drug products indicated for the emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose, to be granted priority review status (either shorter goal dates, or expedited review without formal reduction of the goal date) under the public health emergency option stated in MAPP 5240.3 (priority criterion number 4).  

A Peek at the June Approval Numbers – Keep Your Hands Over your Eyes!

We reported here that June may be a gloomy month for approval actions.  A few days ahead of the release of the official OGD numbers, it looks like we were on target.  As reported through this morning on FDA All Approvals List (here), OGD had issued 44 full approval actions and 17 tentative approval for a total of 61 approval actions in June.

Enhancements

Enhancement to the Paragraph IV Database to Aid Generic Applicants and Provide Greater Transparency

Having lived through the days at FDA when sponsors called the FDA asking if anyone had submitted a Paragraph IV patent challenge for a specific drug and was thus potentially eligible for 180-day exclusivity as being a first-to-file applicant, the move to the PIV database was a godsend as it took the pressure off us FDAers having to skirt the answers to these inquiries for fear of providing confidential information about an ANDA submission. 

First

Add 6 to the First Generic Approval List

It seems that FDA is updating its First Generic Approvals list a bit more frequently.  As reported on May 17 (here) the number of First generic Approvals was 43 (please read that post for the definition of first generic approval and other interesting information about the report).

Yesterday the FDA updated its list through May 31,

Official Approval, Receipt, and Complete Response Numbers for May and June Slow Out of the Box for ANDA Approvals

The Office of Generic Drugs released its first set of metrics this morning for May which shows (as previously reported here),  83 full approval actions and 12 tentative approval actions (1 more in each category than estimated in the post cited above), for a total of 95 approval actions.  This is the first time this FY that the total has fallen below 100 approval actions in a single month.

More Time Needed for Comments on Continuous Manufacturing Draft Guidance  

The pre-publication page of the Federal Register Notice posted today (here) a reopening of the comment period for the draft guidance Quality Considerations for Continuous Manufacturing which was originally released February 27, 2019.  That guidance can be found here  .

While some (but not too many) firms have embraced the concept of continuous manufacturing,