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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    FDA Revises Priority ANDA Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday issued a revised version of its draft guidance on the information that must be pre-submitted in order to receive a priority review for an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA).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...
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    FDA to Prioritize Generic Drug Applications for ‘Sole-Source’ Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it will begin prioritizing abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for generic submissions for which there is currently only one manufacturer. The change, which would effectively speed up the review of so-called "sole-source" generic drugs could increase competition, help with drug shortages and may even drive down the cost of expensive generics that have no competition. The change came in the form of an upd...
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    API DMFs for ANDAs: FDA Finalizes Guidance on Completeness Assessments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s final guidance issued on Friday will help the generic drug industry prepare for completeness assessments for holders of Type II active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) drug master files (DMFs) that are or will be referenced in an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA). The guidance, first released in draft form in 2012 , lays out requirements for how companies will have to pay a DMF fee, which for FY 2016 is $42,170, when fi...
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    Generic Drug Review Dashboard: FDA Offers a First Look

    As Congress continues to push for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed the approval of new generic drugs, which could be key for keeping pharmaceutical prices in check, FDA for the first time is offering an in-depth look at where it stands with industry’s abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs). What’s clear from the new data on 2015 is that FDA continues to seek more information or require companies to correct what’s known as an “easily correctible defic...
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    FDA Offers New Bioequivalence Study Guidance for 31 Generic Drug Ingredients

    To help the generic pharmaceutical industry identify the most appropriate ways to generate evidence needed to support abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approval, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft product-specific recommendations for 31 different active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and revised recommendations for 11 APIs. The myriad new draft guidance documents focus on what types of bioequivalence (BE) studies may need to be conduct...
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    GPhA: Congress Needs to Work With FDA to Increase Generic Competition

    The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) has offered three key recommendations to Congress on how to work with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase generic competition, according to a new report issued Tuesday. ANDA Backlog First, like Hillary Clinton and many others in the past, GPhA is calling on Congress to take action to reduce the backlog of abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) awaiting FDA approval. The association says Congress should...
  • New Draft Stability Guidance Calls for Use of ICH Standards

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new draft guidance document pertaining to stability testing of generic drug products and substances which calls for sponsors to rely on five existing standards promoted by the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH). Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) are commonly used to support generic drug applications under section 505(j) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) . FDA said it ...