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    Woodcock Lays Out Top CDER Priorities for 2019

    While noting that the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has reached some important milestones in 2018, CDER Director Janet Woodcock also unveiled the center’s priorities for 2019 at the CMS/FDA Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. “We’ve generally accomplished what we set out to do” in 2018, she said, noting that in the generic drug space, “we’ve reached a steady state,” while in the new molecular entity (NME) space...
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    Generic and Branded Industry Groups Spar Over EU SPC Waiver Proposal

    The European Parliament’s International Trade Committee (INTA) on Monday voted to adopt a draft opinion supporting changes to an amendment that would allow for manufacturing waivers to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).   In the EU, SPCs extend the 20-year patent protection period for medicines by adding up to five additional years of market exclusivity to approved drugs and biologics. The additional exclusivity period is meant to compensate for the lapse be...
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    Generic Drug Prices ‘Strongly Predictive’ of Shortages, Study Finds

    How a generic drug is priced may be the difference between whether it experiences a shortage or not, a new study published in Value in Health found. The study of commonly used outpatient generic drugs from 2008 to 2014 found that the prevalence of shortages decreased from a peak in 2011-2012 to less than 4% of the overall sample by the end of 2014. Generic drug prices “were strongly predictive of drug shortages,” the researchers found. But competition and market si...
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    New Product-Specific Guidances Focus on Drugs Without Generic Competition

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued 63 new and revised draft product-specific guidances detailing its expectations for companies looking to develop generic versions of those products.   Of the 63 guidances, 22 are new draft guidances and 41 are revised draft guidances. According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, nearly 70% (43) of the guidances are for products that do not have any generic competition.   Some of the newly released draft gu...
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    FDA Sets Record for Number of Generic Drug Approvals Again

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved and tentatively approved more generic drugs in FY 2018 than any other year prior, the agency announced Thursday. The 971 total includes 781 final approvals and 190 tentative approvals, which compares with 937 total in FY 2017, which was the highest number of approvals since  2016 , which at the time set the previous record. “When I started as FDA commissioner, I made clear that one of my top priorities would be e...
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    Complex Generic Drugs: FDA Offers Two Draft Guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday unveiled one revised draft guidance and another new draft guidance to help advance the development of generic transdermal and topical delivery systems (TDS). Applied to a patient’s skin, TDS products are expected to deliver the correct medication dose consistently and for the expected length of time while adhering consistently and uniformly to the skin, even if exposed to water, humidity and movement. “Because of t...
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    Opioids Compromise: What’s in it for FDA

    The US House and Senate late Tuesday reached a consensus on a conglomeration of opioids legislation that will have far-reaching effects for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Among the provisions that will affect FDA include allowing the agency to require prescription opioids to be packaged in a three- or seven-day blister packs, further collaboration with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to stop illegal opioids at the border, new public meetings and guid...
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    Elemental Impurities Deadline Contributes to Spike in CRLs for Generic Drugmakers

    New generic drug applications are not winning a lot of approvals from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so far in January 2018, and at least part of the reason for an increase in complete response letters (CRLs) is a new requirement from the US Pharmacopeia (USP). Lachman Consultants' Bob Pollock, a former official in FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs, first discussed the low number of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approvals in January – just four ap...
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    FDA Plots Policy Priorities for 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced its priorities for policy activity in 2018, which will include reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids, promoting generic drug and biosimilar competition, creating a total product lifecycle office for medical devices, advancing digital health technologies and strengthening the agency’s workforce. “Our work is taking place during an inflection point in both science and policy,” FDA Commissioner Scott Go...
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    FDA Denies Novo Nordisk Petition on Liraglutide Generics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday denied Novo Nordisk’s citizen petition that aimed to block generic versions of its blockbuster insulin Victoza (liraglutide) and two other products containing liraglutide. Novo argued that the Type 2 diabetes drugs containing liraglutide are large and complex molecules and that a manufacturing process that differs from its own might have unintended consequences. The company also argued that FDA has not issued guidan...
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    FDA Targets Multiple Review Cycles With New Draft Guidance, MAPP

    Fresh out of a record year for generic drug approvals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday kicked off the new year by releasing new draft guidance and a new manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) with an eye toward decreasing the number of review cycles abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) undergo before approval. Multiple review cycles has been an outstanding challenge for the agency in years past, with less than 10% of ANDAs winning ap...
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    Ruling Against Novartis Could Have Wider Implications for Generic Drug Labels

    California's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Novartis in a decision that could have wider implications for whether brand-name or generic drugmakers should be held liable for warning consumers of risks in their drug labels. In a departure from other recent rulings, the highest California court found that a brand-name drug manufacturer's duty to warn consumers does extend to a generic, but only because federal regulations currently require generic drugs to carr...