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    FDA releases FY 2022 generic drug research summary

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) on Tuesday released a report summarizing its research activities in fiscal year 2022 in 13 different scientific areas under the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III).   The research generated from the program enabled FDA to issue 177 new and revised product-specific guidances (PSGs), 59 of which were for complex products, according to the summary.   “The recommendations in many of th...
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    FDA draft guidance on controlled correspondence reflects GDUFA III commitments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued a draft guidance to assist generic drug manufacturers in requesting information from the agency through the controlled correspondence process. The guidance reflects the changes that were part of the reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III) and expands the topics that are eligible for controlled correspondence as compared to previous iterations of the program.   The GDUFA III comm...
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    Health policy experts call for stronger accelerated approval reforms

    The US Congress should take concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seriously and give the agency more authority around accelerated approvals, including the power to expedite the withdrawal of drugs from the market, according to a perspective article from three experts on drug regulation and health policy.   The perspective, written by Rachel E. Sachs, JD, MPH, of Washington University in St. Louis, Julie M. Donohue, PhD, of the University of Pittsbur...
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    This Week at FDA: Spring regulatory agenda, upcoming guidances, and more

    Welcome to another installment of This Week at FDA, your weekly source for updates – big and small – on FDA, drug and medical device regulation, and what we’re reading from around the web. This week, we get a glimpse at FDA’s Spring regulatory agenda and get tips on several upcoming guidances. Plus, we learn about a new 510(k) pilot program for CBER-regulated medical devices.   Next week, FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will ...
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    Shuren apologizes for MDUFA delay, says FDA will start closing the spigot on new EUAs

    The head of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) device center was criticized by top House lawmakers for not getting a Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) deal to them for review on time. He apologized for missing the statutory deadline and noted his staff have been slammed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   On 30 March, the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) subcommittee on health met to discuss renewing FDA’s MDUFA program . At the start of the meeting c...
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    FDA seeks to streamline inactive ingredient database with industry input

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know how it should prioritize maximum daily exposure (MDE) information and whether it should remove dosage form information from its inactive ingredient database (IID). The move is part of the agency’s commitment to industry to streamline the drug database.   On 21 March the FDA published a notice asking drug makers and other stakeholders what it should do to streamline the IID. As part of the generic drug user fee a...
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    User fee reauthorization process kicks off in Congress

    The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday held the first hearing in the process to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration’s user fee programs for human drugs and biosimilars.   Top FDA officials Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), and Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), testified to the success of the agency’s current user fee programs and on the e...
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    GDUFA III fiscal details emerge

    The generics industry can expect the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take a more flexible approach to resource capacity planning and continue a commitment to financial transparency, according to fiscal experts from the agency who spoke at an FDA meeting earlier this week.   Although much of the framework for the third reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III) program could be gleaned from the commitment letter released by the US Foo...
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    FDA guidance covers frequently asked CMC questions for generic drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (FDA’s CDER) on Monday issued a draft guidance that provides generic drug applicants with answers to commonly asked questions in the drug quality area. The new guidance is designed to provide an immediate response to such questions to reduce the number of controlled correspondence on identical topics.   The guidance, which is in a question-and-answer format, covers FDA’s policies on quality...
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    Regulatory science pilot floated in BsUFA III negotiations

    In the latest rounds of negotiations for the reauthorization of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA III), industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fine-tuned labeling and supplements language, sought to find new ways for developers to receive targeted feedback, and set the scope for future guidance documents.   In a series of three May 2021 meetings, the BsUFA III negotiation steering committee convened to work on these topics, and to hammer out an agreeme...
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    Capacity adjustments, DMFs under discussion for GDUFA III

    Newly released minutes show progress made during the past two months of negotiations between the US Food and Drug Administration and industry on commitment language for the second reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III).   In March and April, FDA and industry focused on a number of ongoing issues in seven negotiation meetings. (RELATED: Industry-FDA GDUFA III negotiations seek higher first-round approval rates , Regulatory Focus 11 Novemb...
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    GDUFA III: Use MDUFA model to create competition in generic drug markets

    As negotiations for the reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA) continue, stakeholders should consider a new financial model to improve equity and competition in generic drug markets, according to a recent Health Affairs blog post.   GDUFA was enacted in 2012 and reauthorized in 2017 as GDUFA II with the goal to “supplement FDA funds to expedite generic drug approval and inject competition in generic drug markets,” Margaret M. Dotzel, attorney and fo...