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    FDA drafts data standards guidance for RWD

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance for industry that outlines the agency’s thinking on how a sponsor should submit drug and biological product study data from real-world data (RWD) sources.   FDA acknowledged that standardizing data for use as RWD is fraught with such challenges as inconsistent formats and sources, different source data captured by region, differences in terminology and exchange, a wide range of methods to build datas...
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    FDA chastises three US firms for ignoring record requests, inadequate CMO oversight, and shoddy response to fires

    Inadequate oversight of contract manufacturers, failing to address how a fire affected the quality of active pharmaceutical ingredients, and ignoring the agency’s request for electronic records prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue three warning letters for good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations to an over the counter drug manufacturer, a finished drug manufacturer and an API manufacturer in the US.   The recipients of the warning letters, w...
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    FDA okays Moderna, J&J, 'mix and match' boosters

    The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized booster doses of both the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine made by Janssen, the vaccines arm of Johnson & Johnson. The agency has also taken a “mix and match” approach, authorizing heterologous booster doses for all populations eligible for boosters under today's expansion of the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines.   A booster is recommended for all recipients of the one-dose Janssen vaccine, an...
  • FDA shows jump in competitive generic approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a steadily increasing number of competitive generic therapy (CGT) abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in FY 2021 while the number of priority generic approvals leveled off, according to agency’s quarterly data on reviews and approvals of priority and competitive generics.   FDA approved 29 priority ANDAs in FY 2021, one more than the 28 approved in  FY 2020 . There was an increase of about 8% in the number of ...
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    Consent decree shuts down Utah herbal firm

    A Utah-based manufacturer and seller of herbal remedies and nutritional supplements has agreed not to market or sell its wares until products and labeling are compliant with federal drug regulations. Acting on behalf of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Justice filed the complaint that triggered the consent degree of permanent injunction between Grandma’s Herbs, Inc., its owners, and the US government. The consent decree was entered by the US Dis...
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    FDA issues proposed OTC hearing aid rule

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a long-awaited proposed rule to create a new regulatory category that would allow the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids for adults with mild and moderate hearing loss.   Implementing the proposed rule would make good on requirements established by the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 passed as a provision of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 . The act directed FDA to create a report available f...
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    FDA says IRB review still needed for IVD studies involving human specimens

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reiterates that clinical studies of in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) using leftover, "deidentified" human specimens still have to be approved by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).   This pronouncement was made in an 18 October reminder letter to IVD manufacturers by William Maisel, chief medical officer and director of the Office of Product Evaluation and Quality within FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. ...
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    Cyltezo approved as interchangeable biosimilar with Humira

    An anti-inflammatory biosimilar from Boehringer-Ingelheim has received interchangeability designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).        Cyltezo (adalimumab-adbm) is now both biosimilar to and interchangeable with Abbvie’s Humira (adalimumab), announced FDA, which had granted biosimilar status to Cyltezo in 2017. Cyltezo is approved for all indications for which Humira can be used, including several inflammatory arthritides, Crohn’s disease and ulce...
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    FDA officials tout progress and achievements in advanced manufacturing

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’S) efforts to encourage the industry’s adoption of advanced manufacturing is bearing fruit, according to a new update from the agency, noting robust interest from industry in participating in the agency’s Emerging Technologies Program (ETP).   In addition, “significant funding” from Congress has helped fund more research in advanced manufacturing, wrote Michael Kopcha, director of the Office of Pharmaceutical Quality in the FD...
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    FDA adcomm unanimous on J&J boosters for all

    The vaccines advisory committee of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously Friday to recommend a full-strength booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Janssen, the vaccines arm of Johnson & Johnson, for all recipients of the single-dose primary vaccination.   The Vaccines and Related Biologic Products advisory committee (VRBPAC) recommended that FDA issue an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a booster to be given at least 2 months after the...
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    FDA nixes GUDID submission requirements for class I consumer healthcare devices

    Manufacturers of class I medical devices considered to be consumer healthcare products will get a reprieve from complying with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) submission requirements under a draft guidance issued on Wednesday.   Under the agency's unique device identification (UDI) compliance policy guidance issued in June 2020, class I devices, other than implantable, life-supporting, and life-sustaini...
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    Unanimous thumbs up from FDA committee for Moderna booster

    An advisory committee to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted unanimously to recommend a half-strength booster dose of the mRNA COVID-19 developed by Moderna and the National Institutes of Health for those 65 years and older, and for certain younger populations at high risk of severe COVID-19.   Moderna has requested an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the 50 mcg booster dose for individuals who have already completed the two-dose series of the Moderna ...