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    FDA officials impart lessons learned from quality management maturity pilots

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) should brief pilot participants ahead of the actual assessments and use a simplified rubric for scoring or rating a manufacturers quality management maturity (QMM) program. These were some of the lessons learned as the agency develops a future rating program for evaluating manufacturers on drug quality, according to results reported in a 10 January article published in The AAPS Journal .   These pilots “afforded FDA the opp...
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    Omnibus spending bill expands FDA’s unannounced foreign inspections pilot

    The recently enacted omnibus spending bill approved by Congress in late December directs the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand its unannounced foreign facility inspection pilot program in a quest to achieve parity with domestic inspections, which are mostly unannounced.   The FY 2023 spending bill was signed by President Biden on 27 December. The bill authorizes $3.5 billion in budget authority for FDA in FY 2023, a 6.5% increase compared to the previous ...
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    FDA guidance proposes devices be deemed adulterated for refusing inspections

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) has issued draft guidance proposing that devices be deemed adulterated and refused entry to the US market if companies refuse to allow inspections of their facilities without adequate justification. Under current FDA policy, only drugs can be deemed adulterated if FDA inspectors are barred at the door.   The draft align with an update in the law under the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA), which requires devices also be dee...
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    Drug preclusion and public health: The case for a narrow interpretation of ‘article’

    The definition of “dietary supplement” in the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act includes several provisions limiting what can be a legal dietary supplement based on the ingredients used and delivery form, as well as whether a substance has a history of drug use. This article explores the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) use of this last provision, often called “drug preclusion.” The authors examine the history of the provision, Congress’s purported purpose for ...
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    ICH M12: Pharma industry wants clarity on rifampin dosing, more information on biomarkers

    The pharmaceutical industry would like the International Council for Harmonization (ICH) to clarify dosing information for rifampin and requests additional information on the use of biomarkers as a type of drug-drug interaction study (DDI), while the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Pfizer want more flexibility in developing a DDI strategy.   The comments were made in response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) call for feedb...
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    FINALIST Maximizing the potential of the FDA assessment aid: Genentech’s experience

    The assessment aid (AAid), an initiative of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), was introduced in 2018 as a pilot program to help streamline the agency’s review of oncology drug applications. In this article, Genentech shares its experience with the AAid to date and provides recommendations for preparing the AAid and improving the process to fully realize its benefits. Keywords – assessment aid, FDA OCE pilots, oncology dr...
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    Pharma groups: FDA is exceeding its authority in risk management plan guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) draft guidance on risk management plans (RMPs) has overstepped the agency’s statutory bounds in requiring manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) as well as prescription drug manufacturers to submit risk management plans (RMPs) to avert drug shortages.   This requirement could impose the very drug shortages it is designed to prevent, instead of just targeting those products at risk of drug shortage, pharmace...
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    FDA describes plans to expand remote regulatory assessments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on Friday that formalizes its plans for using remote regulatory assessments (RRAs) for FDA-regulated products to supplement onsite inspections as it eases out of pandemic response mode. The guidance covers triggers for when FDA will request or require remote assessments and how these audits will be coordinated with onsite inspections.   These tools are not intended to replace onsite inspections but inste...
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    ICMRA explores hybrid inspections, postapproval changes with new pilots

    A global regulatory group is seeking industry participants for two pilot programs exploring a common regulatory framework for assessing manufacturing facilities in hybrid inspections and for reviewing postapproval changes.   The International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) announced the pilots on 24 June. The group said that the pilots were prompted by its July workshop which “highlighted the need for more convergence on CMC [chemistry, manufac...
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    FDA official: Virtual audits, records requests may be sticking around

    CHICAGO – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to use a hybrid inspection model going forward as it eases out of its pandemic response mode, combining a mix of record requests, remote interactive evaluations (RIEs) with onsite inspections if needed, asserted Alonza Cruse, director of FDA’s pharmaceutical quality operations.   Cruse discussed how the agency is transitioning to normal operators at the 22 June Drug Information Association (DIA) annual meeting ...
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    FDA prevented record number of drug shortages in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prevented 317 drug shortages in 2021, the highest number since the agency began tracking drug shortages in 2012, according to a recent report released by the agency.   The agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has been tracking drug shortages since the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) was passed in 2012, which requires FDA to release an annual report to Congress; FDA’s Center f...
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    FDA caught up on domestic preapproval inspections, foreign inspections still a challenge

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) eliminated its backlog of overdue domestic preapproval inspections, yet such progress has been stunted at the international level as getting to sites in China has remained a challenge amid the country’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. So asserted Patrizia Cavazzoni, the director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), who provided an update on the center’s activities and priorities for 2022 at the Food and Drug ...