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    FDA official discusses common deficiencies derailing ANDAs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected a fewer number of abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in FY 2021 through its refuse-to-receive (RTR) mechanism compared to previous years, said Peter Enos, a reviewer with the agency’s Office of Generic Drugs. He attributed the improvement to increased transparency with industry, better filing practices and enhanced communication with applicants.   Enos also addressed how industry can improve their submissions to...
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    FDA outlines criteria for granting waivers for pH adjusters in generic drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a draft guidance on its criteria for permitting the use of pH adjusters in parenteral, ophthalmic or otic abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs). FDA said in certain circumstances, certain differences in pH adjusters “may be scientifically appropriate and acceptable.”   This guidance outlines the process for requesting a waiver from complying with the generic drug regulations under §314.94(a)(9)(iii) and (iv). T...
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    Generic drug approvals continued to fall in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or tentatively approved 776 Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) for generic drugs in 2021, continuing a steady decline in generic approvals in recent years.   In calendar year 2020 , FDA approved or tentatively approved 948 ANDAs for generic drugs, which was down from 1,014 in 2019 . The latest figures are part of the FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) 2021 Annual Report .   But the agency approved 93 “fi...
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    FDA officials address common pitfalls affecting post-approval change applications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered some advice to help ensure smoother reviews of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) post-approval supplements and addressed how certain changes should be categorized at the 10 November meeting of the Association for Accessible Medicines” (AAM) GRx+Biosim conference.   Officials were asked to address common issues affecting ANDA post-approval chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) submissions. Agency officials ...
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    FDA seeks input on pre-Hatch-Waxman ‘PANDA’ applications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday asked for input from stakeholders on how it should handle certain drugs approved in abbreviated applications before the enactment of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act (Hatch-Waxman Amendments) in 1984, which created the agency’s modern regulatory framework for generic drugs.   In a Federal Register notice announcing the consultation, FDA refers to such products as “pre-Hatch-Waxman abbre...
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    FDA releases batch of 21 product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued 13 new and eight revised draft product-specific guidances intended to facilitate the development of generic drugs.   The guidances are intended to foster generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a reference listed drug (RLD). FDA’s current count of product-specific guidances sits at 1,896 with this latest release....
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    FDA approves fewer generics in FY2020, ending record streak

    After four straight years of posting record numbers of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approvals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has broken its streak, approving 22% fewer generic drugs in FY2020 than it did in FY2019.   In FY2020, FDA approved a total of 909 ANDAs, 737 full approvals and 172 tentative approvals, compared to a record 1,171 ANDAs in FY2019. Complete responses also declined to 2,010 compared to 2,310 in FY2019. (RELATED: Another reco...
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    Manufacturing Concerns Lead FDA to Pull 31 Apotex ANDAs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said it is withdrawing the approval of 31 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) held by Apotex after manufacturing deficiencies were found at two of the company’s plants. The FDA action follows Apotex’s initial request to withdraw the ANDAs in January 2018. FDA said it became aware of concerns involving material manufactured at the two Apotex facilities, at least one of which was named in each of the pulled ANDAs....
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    FDA Sets Monthly ANDA Records in October

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October issued complete responses to 325 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and approved or tentatively approved 101 ANDAs, the highest numbers in a single month since the enactment of Generic Drug User Fee Amendments ( GDUFA ). FDA approved 87 ANDAs, including seven first-time generic approvals , and granted 14 more tentative ANDA approvals The figures come from FDA's first monthly performance report for its generi...
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    FDA Revises Priority ANDA Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday issued a revised version of its draft guidance on the information that must be pre-submitted in order to receive a priority review for an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA). As part of the negotiations to reauthorize the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II), FDA agreed to shorten its review of eligible priority generics by two months if sponsors submit a pre-submission facility correspondence (PFC) at leas...
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    Gottlieb: FDA to Issue new Policies to Streamline Generic Reviews in 2017

    By the end of 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will issue two new documents to improve the review process for generic drugs, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb made the announcement at a public hearing looking into barriers to generic drug competition held at FDA's campus in Silver Spring, MD on Tuesday. While the hearing focused on gathering input from the public and industry issues such as risk evaluation and mitigation strategies ...
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    Drug Companies Reveal Shortcomings in FDA Draft Guidance on Generic Topical Patches

    Mylan, Perrigo, AstraZeneca and Apotex are seeking more clarity and raising questions with the shortcomings of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance aiming to improve the way adhesion data is used for abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) submissions of transdermal delivery systems and topical patches. The draft guidance, released in May , describes the recommended approach for an adhesion clinical study design and, once finalized, the guidance will sup...