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    FDA Unveils New Tables for Submitting Bioanalytical Methods

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released tables that can be included in submissions for new drug and biologic applications to provide information regarding the bioanalytical methods for pharmacokinetic assessments. “The templates in this guidance are applicable to bioanalytical procedures such as chromatographic assays (CCs) and ligand-binding assays (LBAs) that quantitatively determine the levels of drugs and their metabolites and therapeutic protein...
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    Drugmakers Can Now Submit Pre-Assigned Number Requests via CDER’s Portal

    • 19 August 2019
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    Beginning Monday, prospective applicants can submit pre-assigned number requests for four additional application types: new drug application (NDA), investigational new drug (IND) application, biologic license application (BLA) and drug master file (DMF), via the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)’s NextGen Portal.   The pre-assigned number requests were previously made via email. But now the firms submitting such applications can use the portal, which is a ...
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    FDA Proposes New Rule on Allowing the Use of DMFs for Transitioning Biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday proposed a new rule to allow certain biologics, originally approved under a new drug application (NDA), to continue relying on drug master files (DMFs) for certain information even after the NDA is deemed to be a license for a biological product on 23 March 2020. This so-called “deemed to be a license” transition next year, the details of which were explained in full last December, will mean that moving forward, fo...
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    When Can FDA 'Refuse to File' NDAs and BLAs? New Draft Guidance Explains

    When a new drug application (NDA) or biologics license application (BLA) is deemed incomplete by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency can decide not to review the application. So when can this occur? On Tuesday, the agency released draft guidance on what incompleteness means and when it can lead to a "refusal to file" decision. Explained simply: Refuse-to-file actions allow FDA to inform a sponsor as quickly as possible of deficiencies in an NDA or ...
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    FDA's Frey Reflects on Final Year of PDUFA V

    As the year comes to a close, Patrick Frey, senior advisor to the director of the Office of New Drugs (OND) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), looked back at FDA's performance over the final year of the fifth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) and what's to come in PDUFA VI. Speaking at the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Frey said that before PDUFA, and during the first four PDUFA programs, FDA was approving ab...
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    Grouping Supplements for CMC Changes: FDA Outlines New Policy

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) on Tuesday released a new document outlining how supplements can be grouped together and submitted concurrently for the same chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) changes to multiple approved new drug applications (NDAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and biological license applications (BLAs) submitted by the same applicant. The agency says the goal of its new policy is ...
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    FDA Withdraws NDA for Fertility Drug After EMD Serono Fails to Run Postmarket Trial

    More than 10 years since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered accelerated approval to EMD Serono’s fertility drug Luveris (lutropin alpha for injection), the agency on Monday announced it’s withdrawing the drug’s approval as the company failed to run a postmarketing study required as a condition of approval. First approved on 8 October 2004, Luveris was indicated for concomitant administration with one of EMD Serono’s other fertility treatments, Gonal-F (fol...
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    FDA Releases Final Guidance on Integrated Summary of Effectiveness

    More than seven years since unveiling the draft document, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized its guidance on how an Integrated Summary of Effectiveness (ISE) should be prepared for new drug applications (NDAs) and biologics license applications (BLAs). In terms of the changes between the draft and final versions, FDA has revised the definition of integrated analyses, clarified the components that constitute integrated analyses, defined poole...
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    FDA to Require Electronic Submission of New Drug, Biologic Files in Next Two Years

    Within two years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require all new drug and biological product submissions to be sent electronically, the regulator announced this week. Background FDA has received electronic submissions from drug companies since at least 2003, when it adopted the International Conference on Harmonisation's (ICH) electronic common technical document (eCTD). The submission standard is used by many of the world's top regulatory bodies, incl...
  • FDA: More Than 3.4 Million Hours Spent Each Year Filing New and Generic Drug Applications

    It's well known that preparing a new or abbreviated new drug application (NDA/ANDA) for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a long, arduous and time-consuming affair. And according to new data just released by the agency, it would seem that popular wisdom is indeed correct. Background On 24 March 2014, FDA put out a call for public comment on its drug application processes , which are used to support the approval of all new and generic chemical drugs, as well ...
  • Regulatory Explainer: FDA Clarifies Bioequivalence, Bioavailability Approaches for Innovative Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a new draft guidance recommending various approaches when conducting bioequivalence (BE) and bioavailability (BA) studies in support of new and investigational drug applications. What Does FDA Mean by BA/BE? BA refers to the extent to which a drug is absorbed into the body and is thus available to act upon the drug's intended target, also known as the "site of action" (21 CFR 320.1[a]). For example, if a drug is in...
  • J&J Petition Claims FDA Decision Meant to Ease Drug Shortages Puts Some Future Patients at Risk

    Drug shortages have been a recurring problem in the US thanks to a combination of market factors, regulatory decisions made by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufacturing problems experienced by companies. So in 2012, when Johnson & Johnson's oncology drug Doxil (doxorubicin hydrochloride liposome injection, NDA # 050718 ) started experiencing shortages, FDA unveiled an unusual plan . It would allow a similar drug, Lipodox (ANDA # 203263 ), made by ...