Recently, the United States Pharmacopeia and National Formulary (USP-NF) announced a three-month public consultation period on a proposal to change the approach to impurity reporting thresholds for drug products and drug substance monographs[i]. This activity is part of the USP-NF’s ongoing efforts to ensure that monographs reflect technical advances and current regulatory expectations.
In a seven-page response, the FDA denied an April 10, 2019 petition asking the Agency to place a moratorium on the approval of any new opioid products. The petition by Public Citizen spoke of the public health opioid crisis and asked that the moratorium be continued “until FDA has implemented recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences,
For all Sponsors submitting INDs, NDAs, ANDAs, BLAs, and supplements, and the bioanalytical laboratories analyzing and reporting the data to support these submissions, the FDA just issued its Guidance for Industry, “Evaluation of Internal Standard Responses During Chromatographic Bioanalysis: Questions and Answers.” The Q&A guidance contains five questions, along with the Agency’s current thinking on each topic.
As I read the article “Prescription-drug policy: Don’t throw the bed out with bedpan”, written by Jim Waters in the Bluegrass Institute (here) about the “Pay-for-Delay issue, I harkened back to a position I took in a very old FTC law suit (that FTC won) and thought – well, someone else gets it!
It is paramount that a Quality Control laboratory has a calibration and preventative maintenance program for the laboratory instrumentation so that there is assurance that the instrumentation continues to be “fit for purpose” and that there is confidence in the accuracy and reliability of all analytical instruments. There should be a controlled, comprehensive list of the instrumentation within the laboratory,
When it comes to ice cream and desserts, I must admit the more the better in my opinion. The same, however, doesn’t hold true for laboratory testing and the resultant data. All testing performed and data generated must be accountable to ensure the integrity of the data. Performing extra testing, even if with all good intentions,
In a Federal Register announcement today (here), the FDA announced the availability of a final guidance entitled Child-Resistant Packaging Statements in Drug Product Labeling. The guidance provides information on the type of statement that may be made on child-resistant packaging for drug products.
As a reminder, the FDA has not regulated child-resistant packaging since 1973,
Take action now to assure that your facility information, drug listing information, and manufacturing sites are correct and that no changes have been made to any of these items or others that are listed in the FR notice due to publish on Wednesday (pre-publication notice here).
The Notice indicates registrant’s responsibilities as follows:
Each registrant must list all drugs it manufactures for commercial distribution within 3 days of initial registration (21 CFR 207.45).
I railed about drug importation as a way to lower drug costs in a previous post (here) for numerous reasons. For instance, how can you protect against counterfeit drugs, how do you know how the products are stored and where they have been in the supply chain, and how are you assured of drug product quality?
In announcing the July 24th approval of Baqsimi (glucagon powder for nasal administration) (here) FDA notes that it is the first form of glucagon that can be administered without injection. The product is to be used by a caregiver or we assume someone on the street if the patient is unconscious.
Like many drugs that undergo clinical trials (even larger trials), rare adverse events may not become apparent until well after the drug is in wider use after approval. In addition, as a condition of approval, the FDA often requires a post-approval commitment to further study the drug. Such is the case as described in the updated Safety Communication released today by the Agency as FDA announced it approved “a Boxed Warning about increased risk of blood clots and death with higher dose of arthritis and ulcerative colitis medicine tofacitinib (Xeljanz,
Now that we have passed the midpoint of 2019, it seemed like a good time to take a look at how the FDA and industry are doing at getting biotechnology product applications approved, and put this into historical perspective.
Between 1965 and the end of Federal Fiscal Year 2013, the FDA had approved approximately 86 therapeutic biopharmaceutical products (TBPs).
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.
Today, the FDA issued a draft guidance titled Using the Inactive Ingredient Database (here). The guidance describes how to use the inactive ingredient database (IID) and its limitations.
FDA has been using the IID since 1987 and has committed to updates throughout the year that provide more current and useful information.