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    Expert: OGD on track to approve more generic drugs in FY2022

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) will most likely approve a higher number of generic drugs in FY2022 compared to the prior year, and the number of generic applications received may continue to exceed OGD’s review capacity, asserted Robert Pollock, a senior advisor with Lachman Consultants.   Pollock, who regularly writes about FDA’s generic approvals, spoke to Regulatory Focus and shared these observations in his recent blog ...
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    Neonatal drug development addressed in FDA final guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance this week to assist sponsors in developing clinical pharmacology studies for neonatal populations. The guidance is meant to address gaps in neonatal labeling and encourage the development of therapies that are “unique to neonates.”   The guidance is tailored to sponsors developing these studies for investigational new drug applications (INDs), new drug applications (NDAs), biologics license applications ...
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    The impact of Brexit on food supplements and specialized food products

    This article examines the impact of diverging regulations and practices for food supplements and specialized food products since the UK left the EU market in 2020.   Keywords – Brexit, divergence, food supplements, UK, Northern Ireland   Background and introduction On 23 June 2016, the UK, comprising England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, held a referendum on whether the UK should remain in the EU or leave. Based on an overall majority of 51.9% on ...
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    June’s Regulatory Focus: Nutrition in health and disease management

    Feature articles in June examined food safety in China, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on supply chain disruptions, possible updates to the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), and FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation of dietary supplements intended for treating or preventing certain mental health disorders.   Safety, disruptions, and responsive policy  China has improved its overall food safety situation significant...
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    An update of China’s food safety regulatory framework

    This article reviews the changes in China's national food safety control system and update on national food safety standard system and describes the country's unique regulations and requirements for the regulatory control of infant formula, health foods (functional foods), and food for special medical purposes (FSMP). Keywords – infant formula; food for special medical purposes; food regulatory control; food safety; food standards   Introduction Since the m...
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    FDA finalizes guidance on food effect studies, issues draft on contamination prevention for non-penicillin beta-lactam drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued two guidances for industry: a final guidance on how to conduct food effect studies for oral drugs being considered for investigational new drug (IND) and new drug applications (NDAs), and a draft guidance outlining a current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) framework for preventing penicillin from cross contaminating non-penicillin beta-lactam drugs and compounds. Food effect studies   The final guidance on...
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    EMA releases final guideline on antibacterial drug development

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a final guideline on evaluating antibacterial medicines that is globally aligned with guidance from other regulators.   EMA said the document addresses a “pressing need for new antibacterial agents suitable for treating infections in patients with few remaining therapeutic options.”   The agency announced that antimicrobial resistance poses a “global threat” and is responsible for an estimated 33,000 deaths per yea...
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    In-house regulatory database development: Solution for a competitive oncology landscape

    The unprecedented number of new investigational agents in clinical development in the competitive oncology space presents a significant challenge for regulatory intelligence professionals. Strategic decisions are complicated by the overwhelming amount of regulatory information scattered across numerous repositories. The development of an in-house database may facilitate success for businesses in the prevailing information-centric world. Effective implementation of an in-ho...
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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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    Senate confirms Califf as FDA commissioner

    Three months after his nomination by President Joe Biden, and despite weeks of uncertainty over whether he could muster enough Republican votes to overcome Democratic defectors in a narrowly split Senate, Robert Califf was confirmed as commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the second time on Tuesday in a 50-46 vote.   The vote came after the confirmation cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday, in which five Republicans joined most Democrats in ...
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    Orphan drug experts discuss new book on developing rare disease treatments

    Developing therapies for rare diseases involves complex incentives, unique requirements, and often extensive patient engagement. The authors of RAPS’ Orphan Drug Development for Rare Diseases , Sundar Ramanan, PhD, MBA, and Sunny Kamlesh Dave, MPharm, recently took time to discuss with RAPS Senior Editor Gloria Hall the importance of orphan drugs, the peculiarities and challenges of obtaining an orphan drug designation (ODD), and what is covered in the book. During a “m...
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    FDA approved more first-in-class drugs, gave more accelerated approvals in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) approved 50 new drug therapies in 2021. While the figure is a slight decrease from 2020 , more drugs were designated as first-in-class and used the accelerated approval pathway than in previous years.   The approvals reported by CDER do not include biologics license applications (BLAs) approved by FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). In 2021, CBER approved...