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    When to Submit an ANDA vs. a 505(b)(2) Application: FDA Discusses in Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers multiple abbreviated approval pathways for potential drug developers, and in new draft guidance released on Thursday the agency explains both the pathways where abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and 505(b)(2) applications can be submitted. The draft highlights criteria for submitting ANDAs under section 505(j) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), petitioned ANDAs under section 505(j)(2)(C) ...
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    Petition to FDA Seeks to Modify Trial Regulations Following Deaths

    A petition submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 has been updated recently, as it seeks to reform FDA requirements for investigational new drug (IND) applications, investigational device exemptions (IDEs) and new drug applications (NDAs). In a letter submitted in April, the Center for Responsible Science noted 19 treatment-related deaths in clinical trials from July 2016 through April 2017. Among those were five clinical trial participants w...
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    Law Firm Challenges FDA on Combination Product Appeals

    Healthcare law firm Epstein Becker & Green (EBG) is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve how it handles challenges to its designation decisions for combination products. In a citizen petition sent to FDA last week, the firm says that lengthy delays for such appeals negatively affects both product sponsors and patients by delaying the launch of new combination products. Background Combination products, or products that combine two or more diff...
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    505(b)(2) Approval Pathway: Not Necessarily Shorter Approval Times

    With a goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of studies performed on a previously approved drug, the 505(b)(2) pathway allows for a more streamlined development and approval process, but for new drug applications (NDAs), the pathway has not led to shorter approval times, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. Background Established under the Hatch-Waxman Amendments of 1984 to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosme...
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    FDA Revises Bioequivalence Guidance for Generic Durezol Following Novartis Petition

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday revised its draft bioequivalence (BE) guidance detailing the agency's expectations for generic versions of Durezol (difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion) in response to a citizen petition from Alcon and its parent company Novartis. In 2008, FDA approved Sirion Therapeutics' Durezol, a corticosteroid, to treat inflammation and pain associated with ocular surgery. Two years later, Alcon acquired the rights to Durezol from S...
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    Public Citizen Petitions FDA to Pull Some IV Solutions

    Consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen on Wednesday petitioned the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to immediately require the removal of hydroxyethyl starch (HES) intravenous (IV) solutions from the market because their risks outweigh their limited benefits and there are other, safer alternative IV solutions. According to the petition, there are two main categories of IV solutions: crystalloid and colloid. Colloidal solutions, including HES, have largely the...
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    Senator Seeks More From Mylan on Intent to Repress Teva’s EpiPen Generic

    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Mylan CEO Heather Bresch seeking more details, including e-mail communications, on the ways that Mylan attempted to keep Teva’s generic EpiPen from coming to market. Background As part of an attempt to quell the furor over its more than 400% price increase for its life-saving EpiPen, Mylan announced in August that it would soon launch an authorized generic version of its autoinjector for half the price of the brand-n...
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    FDA Reiterates Concerns on Citizen Petitions Delaying Drug Approvals

    Although only one abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) and one 505(b)(2) application were delayed in 2015 because of citizen petitions, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reiterated its concerns that the petitions do not raise valid scientific issues and are only being used to delay the approval of competing products, according to the Thursday release of the FY 2015 report to Congress on approval delays from citizen petitions. In 2015, FDA notes that it ap...
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    Integrating FDA Meetings into a Medical Device Regulatory Strategy

    This article focuses on the strategic use and suitability of a Q-Submission program. Introduction An often overlooked opportunity for a successful device regulatory strategy is the optimal use of a pre-submission meeting with the regulatory agency. Meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to request feedback on specific submission issues has been formalized into what is collectively called the Q-Submission (Q-Sub) Program. A detailed description of the...
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    FDA, Industry See Progress in MDUFA IV Negotiations

    At the second meeting focused on the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Agreements (MDUFA) for 2017, both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry reiterated agreement that the program overall has improved and is heading in a positive direction. The negotiations center on the use of a system whereby medical device companies pay fees to FDA to register their establishments and list their devices with the agency. The fees help FDA increase the ef...
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    How Often Does FDA Withdraw Drugs Using Discontinuation Petitions? Very Rarely

    Not all drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stand the test of time. In some cases, the drugs are eventually removed from the market, either because they are unsafe, ineffective or just because their sponsor no longer feels like making them. But how often do these withdrawals take place, and to what extent do they reflect concerns about the safety or efficacy of a drug? Background The question is the subject of a new analysis by Hyman, Phelps & Mc...
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    In Petition to FDA, AbbVie Argues Biosimilars Need Distinctive Labeling

    "Biosimilars are not generic drugs and should not be labeled like generic drugs," US pharmaceutical giant AbbVie argues in a new Citizen Petition sent to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week. The petition focuses on the labeling requirements for biosimilar products under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) , otherwise known as Obamacare. The law established for the first time an approval pathway—the 351(k) pathway—for biosimilar dr...