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    FDA’s inspection backlog: GAO raises concerns as delays mount

    For decades, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has raised concerns about the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspections program. Now, a year after the agency halted most of its foreign and domestic inspections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GAO warns that the ensuing backlog could take years to clear.   In a new report and testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related...
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    Regulatory tools for generic drug companies: Formal FDA meetings and controlled correspondence

    This article discusses formal meetings and controlled correspondence for the generic drug industry and the use of these regulatory tools in the abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) process. The author notes that these tools are useful in understanding the current thinking of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to avoid unexpected delays for product approval as well as expedite faster generic drug approvals.   Introduction Generic drugs are copies of innovato...
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    FDA to Withdraw Generic Drug After Company Repeatedly Fails to Resubmit Bioequivalence Data

    After the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) relied on data from a disreputable contract researcher, and after repeated attempts over five years to get the company to resubmit new data, the agency on Friday proposed to withdraw the approval for Cipla subsidiary InvaGen Pharmaceuticals’ trandolapril tablets. “The basis for the proposal is that the holder of the ANDA has repeatedly failed to submit the required data...
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    Another Record Year for Generic Drug Approvals but Questions on Competition Remain

    For each of the last five years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set generic drug approval records, but questions have lingered on whether these high approval numbers are translating into competition. FY 2019 figures show a total of 1,171 generic drug approvals (935 full approvals and 236 tentative approvals), which breaks FDA’s previous all-time record of 971 full and tentative approvals for FY 2018 . And although the abbreviated new drug application (...
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    Citizen Petitions Delaying Approvals: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance discussing some of the considerations that the agency will take into account when determining whether citizen petitions and petitions for a stay of agency action are submitted with the primary purpose of delaying the approval of a pending generic drug, biosimilar or 505(b)(2) application. The final guidance comes as FDA in February explained its concerns to Congress that such petitions are often...
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    Generic Drug Approvals Hit Another Record High as Competition, Quality Questions Linger

    Another year, another record number of generic drug approvals and tentative approvals for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This has been the story at FDA from FY 2016 to FY 2017 to FY 2018 and now to FY 2019 , with two months to spare. But questions remain on whether these approvals are actually translating into greater competition and lower costs for patients. A report from Pew earlier this year found that the increase in approved generic drugs fr...
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    FDA Targets Multiple Review Cycles With New Draft Guidance, MAPP

    Fresh out of a record year for generic drug approvals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday kicked off the new year by releasing new draft guidance and a new manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) with an eye toward decreasing the number of review cycles abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) undergo before approval. Multiple review cycles has been an outstanding challenge for the agency in years past, with less than 10% of ANDAs winning ap...
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    Formal Meetings Between FDA and ANDA Applicants: Stakeholders Weigh Draft Guidance

    Drugmakers Sanofi and Teva, alongside industry groups AAM and the Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force, offered their comments earlier this month on new draft guidance related to formal meetings between FDA and abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) sponsors. The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ (SOCMA) Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force expressed disappointment that, although it participated in the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II) negotiation...
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    Major vs. Minor ANDA Amendments: Industry Takes Issue With FDA Draft Guidance

    The generic drug industry association, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi have raised questions in comments released this week on the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent draft guidance on abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) amendments. The draft explains when ANDA amendments will be designated as either standard or priority review, classified as either major or minor and receive a goal date based on certain factors, including whether a preapproval ins...
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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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    Status Updates for ANDAs: FDA Spells Out GDUFA II Provision

    Under the second iteration of the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA II), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to provide timely abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) review status updates for all pending ANDAs. The updates for applicants on their ANDA review status will include the issuance of Information Requests (IRs) and Discipline Review Letters (DRLs), and to provide applicants with an advance notification of regulatory correspondence, includ...
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    FDA Launches New Online Portal for Requesting Pre-ANDA Meetings

    Thanks to the new Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA II), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week launched a new online platform to allow industry to request pre-ANDA (abbreviated new drug application) meetings for complex generic drugs.  The CDER Direct NextGen Collaboration Portal allows potential ANDA applicants to initiate requests by uploading a meeting request package and to submit supporting documents, such as meeting presentation materials, re...