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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Vtama, Dupixent, Vidaza

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approval Vtama approved as topical, steroid-free treatment for plaque psoriasis in adults Dermavant’s VTAMA ( tapinarof; cream, 1% ) has been approved as a steroid-free, topical treatment for adults with mild-severe plaque psoriasis.   Approval of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonist was based on findings from the Phase 3, multicenter, double-blind, ...
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    FDA asks manufacturers to develop risk management plans to avert shortages

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance that spells out which types of drugs and medical devices are vulnerable to shortages and should be subject to risk management plan (RMP) reporting. The guidance also recommends risk factors to consider when developing the content of the RMPs.     Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), FDA was given new authorities to collect information from manufacturers in respond...
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    FDA explains plans to bolster cell and gene therapy approvals through wider messaging

    Updated 25 May 2022 to correct ASGCT's name. Wilson Bryan director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Tissues and Advanced Therapies (OTA) in the agency’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, told a 19 May meeting  of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) that the division is undertaking a series of internal measures to improve communications with sponsors and to widen its messaging.   These measures are being taken to com...
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    FDA updates guidance on evaluating out-of-specification results for drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised its 16-year-old final guidance on procedures for reviewing out-of-specification (OOS) results in the laboratory, including the responsibilities of the analyst and supervisor in reporting these results.   FDA defines OOS results as “all test results that fall outside the specifications or acceptance criteria established in dug applications, drug master files (DMFs), official compendia, or by the manufacturer. The ter...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Mounjaro and Radicava ORS

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New approvals Mounjaro okayed as dual-targeted therapy for type 2 diabetes Eli Lilly’s Mounjaro ( tirzepatide; injection ) has been approved for improving blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes, in combination with diet and exercise.   Mounjaro is a dual agonist for the glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polyp...
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    FDA Approvals Roundup: Olumiant, Enhertu

    A weekly update on new drug approvals and indications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   New indications Olumiant use extended for hospitalized COVID-19 patients needing oxygen support Eli Lilly’s Olumiant (baricitinib tablets ) has been granted a new indication for treating COVID-19 in hospitalized adults who require varying degrees of ventilation/oxygen support.   Olumiant has been available to treat COVID-19 in the US under emergency use ...
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    FDA officials discuss prioritizing inspections, QMSR transition

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explained how the agency is prioritizing medical device inspections as it resumes normalized operations. They also announced a new “careful and cautious” approach to conducting foreign inspections.   At the 4 May virtual MedCon Conference which was hosted by the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) and the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), officials also addressed how it will balance the u...
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    FDA’s Office of Compliance details enforcement actions in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Compliance (OCC) issued numerous enforcement discretion decisions to increase supplies of critically needed medicines for treating COVID-19 and increasingly relied on the use of inspection alternatives, such as product sampling and reviewing firms’ written response to records, instead of traditional onsite inspections in 2021.   These are some of the areas highlighted in OCC’s latest annual report released 2 May, de...
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    Remote interactive evaluations: FDA official discusses lessons learned

    To ensure the success of remote interactive evaluations (RIEs), the pharmaceutical industry should treat these evaluations with the same level of attention to detail as onsite inspections,  said Alexander Gontcharov, a staff fellow with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) during the second day of FDA’s Generic Drug Forum on 27 April.   At the meeting, Gontcharov shared some of the lessons learned from the agency’s intera...
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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 proposes plan to mail back unused opioids

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed to modify its Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program on Wednesday to require that a mail-back envelope be supplied along with prescriptions filled in the outpatient setting, so that unused opioids can be returned for disposal. Mail-back envelopes would be postage-paid.   The proposal aims to reduce the risk that unused pills will cause accidental overexposure or addiction.   “The...
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    FDA warns that some prenatal screening tests can generate false results

    Some non-invasive prenatal tests  (NIPT) to screen for genetic abnormalities in the fetus may generate false results, and should not be used for diagnostic purposes, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  warned on Tuesday.   The growing – and sometimes inappropriate – use of these tests prompted the warning, according to FDA.   These tests, which fall under the category of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs), are not subject to premarket review by FDA and are ...