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    Health Canada Opens Generic Drug Guidances for Consultation

    Health Canada last week released two draft guidances for public consultation as part of the agency’s effort to clarify the criteria for its abbreviated new drug submission (ANDS) pathway for generic drugs.   Specifically, the draft guidances detail how the agency intends to implement a recently proposed regulatory amendment aimed at boosting access to generic drugs and making labeling more consistent and transparent.   “The draft guidance documents have been releas...
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    Industry Calls for Changes in Two REMS Guidances

    Industry groups representing the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and generic drug industries are calling for changes to two recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidances on risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS).   The draft guidances , released for comment in January, detail a framework for companies to develop an assessment plan for their REMS programs and provide recommendations for surveying patient and health care provider knowledge of REMS...
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    Patient Groups, Industry Seek Changes to Rare Disease Drug Guidance

    Patient groups, drugmakers and other organizations are calling for changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently revised draft guidance on developing drugs to treat rare diseases.   The 24-page draft guidance was revised last February after first being published in 2015. The revision included updates to the agency’s approach to natural history studies, a discussion of issues for evaluating biomarkers for consideration as surrogate endpoints and a ne...
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    When a REMS is Necessary: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance from 2016 detailing the factors that the agency uses to determine whether a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) is necessary for a drug. As defined by the guidance, a REMS is a required risk management plan that can include one or more elements to ensure that the benefits of a drug outweigh its risks. Such elements can include a medication guide, a package insert or a communication plan ...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Inspections of Medical Device Establishments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Thursday to implement uniform processes and standards for FDA inspections of domestic and foreign medical device establishments. FDA has updated processes and standards for uniformity within and across inspections other than for-cause and to establish a standard timeframe for such inspections of device establishments. The uniformity in FDA investigators’ approaches to these inspections “may inform firms’...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Pediatric Information in Drug Labels

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on the content and placement of pediatric information within the labeling of drugs and biologics.   “The goal of this guidance is to provide recommendations to help ensure that information on the use of prescription drugs in pediatric populations (whether positive, negative, or inconclusive) is consistently placed in the proper sections and subsections within labeling so that the information is c...
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    FDA Draft Guidance on Patient Experience Data Incomplete, Critics Argue

    Industry group BIO, the National Association for Rare Disorders (NORD) and the National Center for Health Research (NCHR) called for clarification on how regulators will use draft guidances proposed by external stakeholders on patient experience data. The comments on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance from December 2018 on developing and submitting proposed draft guidances related to patient experience data showed some consensus around including ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Nonclinical Drug Development for Serious Hematologic Disorders

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance on the nonclinical studies drugmakers should conduct when developing products to treat severely debilitating or life-threatening hematologic disorders (SDLTHDs).   FDA classifies SDLTHDs as hematologic conditions that cause shorter life expectancy or greatly diminished quality of life even with available treatments.   FDA notes that the guidance does not apply to hematologic cancers and covers...
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    CDER Guidance Agenda for 2019: What’s Coming

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is planning to issue almost 100 new draft and revised draft guidance documents spanning 15 different categories, from biosimilars to clinical pharmacology to drug safety, in 2019. The bulk of the guidance documents are contained in three categories: clinical/medical, pharmaceutical quality/CMC and procedural. The guidance in clinical/medical focuses on specific types of develop...
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    Senators Seek Changes to FDA Guidance to Speed Entry of Insulin Biosimilars

    As Eli Lilly announced Monday that it would introduce an authorized generic version of its Humalog insulin at half the original price, four senators on both sides of the aisle are seeking tweaks to recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance to speed up the marketing of new biosimilar insulin products. The guidance is part of FDA’s work to begin, starting in March 2020, transitioning approved marketing applications for a subset of products, including insulin...
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    Continuous Manufacturing: FDA Drafts Quality Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued draft guidance laying out quality considerations for continuous manufacturing (CM) for new and generic drugs.   The 27-page draft guidance is part of FDA’s effort to encourage the adoption of continuous manufacturing and covers quality considerations for solid oral small molecule drugs and builds on feedback from a public consultation launched in 2017.   According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and C...
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    Generic Drugs: FDA Releases 74 Product-Specific Guidances

    As part of its push to increase generic competition, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday published 74 product-specific guidances, including 22 new and 52 revised guidances.   Four of the new draft guidances and 45 of the revised guidances are for complex drug products, including 16 products for which there are currently no approved abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs).   Among the new product-specific guidances is help for companies looking to ...