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    Industry asks FDA to align quantitative labeling guidance with other regulators

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance specifying quantitative labeling recommendations for sodium, potassium and phosphorus in human over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription drugs conflicts with other existing guidelines and advice from other regulators.   The comments were made in response to the agency’s call for feedback on the draft guidance, released in September 2022, which recommends quantitative labeling of so...
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    FDA official offers insights on Emerging Technology Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepts a wide variety of applications into its Emerging Technologies Program (ETP), and is not just focused on continuous manufacturing, said Joel Welch, associate director for science and biosimilar strategy in the agency’s Office of Biotechnology Products.   “I think that sometimes there is a misperception that advanced manufacturing is just about continuous manufacturing,” said Welch who provided an update on the ETP at the...
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    Industry pushes FDA for tailored complex generics post-approval changes guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to develop guidance on post-approval changes for complex generics, and to update its guidance on post-approval changes for non-complex generics as current versions are outdated, according to representatives of the generics industry.   The remarks were made during a panel on post-approval changes for complex generics on 9 November at the Association for Accessible Medicines’ (AAM) GRx+Biosim held a conference in Bethesda, ...
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    FDA sees room for growth for complex generics

    The complex generic market needs to “achieve parity” with the innovator market, as the number of approvals is lagging the innovator sector and has not achieved its full market potential, said Robert Lionberger, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Research and Standards in the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD).   Lionberger made the remarks at the Association for Accessible Medicines’ (AAM) GRx+Biosim conference in Bethesda, MD last week.   ...
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    FDA says Abraxis failed to proactively address repeat media fill contamination issues

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blasted Abraxis Biosciences in a recent warning letter for not addressing recurring media fill failures in its aseptic processing operations of the sterile drug Abraxane and for failing to conduct robust follow-up investigations to determine the root cause of these multiple failures.   During a one-week inspection conducted in late March at the firm’s site in Phoenix, AZ, the agency observed “multiple media fill failures” in th...
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    Sponsors need to maintain robust oversight of CROs to avoid FDA enforcement action

    Lack oversight of contract third parties is a common violation found in warning letters issued by the US Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) to sponsors, who need to exercise proper oversight of those entities that conduct clinical research on their behalf, said several food and drug law attorneys at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s (FDLI) 2 November meeting.   They also recognized that the clinical trial environment is getting more complex, with more non-traditional ...
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    FDA draft guidance aims to ensure accurate measurements of pediatric growth

    Joint draft guidance from two centers at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlines ways sponsors can measure pediatric growth consistently in clinical trials for drugs used to treat both rare and common diseases.   “If an investigational drug or biological product may affect growth or pubertal development, then accurate, serial measurement and recording of growth parameters are essential for data interpretation in pediatric clinical trials,” the agency announc...
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    Prompted by recent recalls, regulators scramble to address novel nitrosamines

    Updated 3 November 2022* The discovery of novel nitrosamine impurities in pharmaceuticals, coming after the valsartan/nitrosamine crisis of 2018, has caught global regulators and industry by surprise as more products than anticipated are affected by these impurities.   The situation raises new questions about how to set daily acceptable intake limits for pharmaceutical products when toxicological data on these impurities is scarce.   These novel nitrosamines, ...
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    FDA releases draft guidance to spur development of CDI drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new draft guidance with advice for sponsors on developing drugs for treating Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI).   The draft provides recommendations for designing these trials and covers trial populations, efficacy and safety endpoints, nonclinical studies, and pharmacokinetic studies. The guidance does not address fecal microbiota transplant products.   CDI is an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming ...
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    FDA warns US sterile injectable maker on contamination controls, another US maker warned for poor building conditions

    Two domestic drug manufacturers were lambasted in recent warning letters sent by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations; one was told to adopt better contamination controls and to keep outsourced drugs separate from those made at the facility, while another was reprimanded for keeping the facility in a poor state of repair.   FDA also targeted two firms for failing to file accurate product information in its electroni...
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    FDA proposes breakthrough status for devices that address health disparities

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has proposed that devices that aim to eliminate disparities in health care be designated breakthrough products. The agency is also considering expanding its criteria for breakthrough devices to include products that treat rare diseases, as well as non-addictive products to treat pain or addiction.   These updates were proposed in a recent draft guidance issued on Thursday. If ...
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    Pharma industry making some headway in DSCSA implementation

    The pharmaceutical industry and its trading partners are making “some progress” in implementing the necessary systems to comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), according to a recent survey. Yet industry needs to pick up the pace if the November 2023 deadline is to be met, said an official with the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA), whose group conducted the survey.   The survey found that 75% of manufacturers plan to send 100% of their DSCSA-req...