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    Submitting Manufacturing Facility Information: Final FDA Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized a question and answer guidance on the type of manufacturing facility information that should be included in applications submitted to the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. FDA explains that the guidance is meant to help companies understand how not to submit extraneous information or misplaced or missing information that could result in delays, Refu...
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    FDA Revises Priority ANDA Draft Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday issued a revised version of its draft guidance on the information that must be pre-submitted in order to receive a priority review for an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA). As part of the negotiations to reauthorize the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II), FDA agreed to shorten its review of eligible priority generics by two months if sponsors submit a pre-submission facility correspondence (PFC) at leas...
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    FDA Drafts Guidance on Controlled Correspondence Under GDUFA II

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released draft guidance on the agency’s new commitments related to controlled correspondence under the recently reauthorized Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II). When finalized, the 20-page guidance will replace guidance from September 2015 from GDUFA I. The GDUFA II commitment letter defines complex controlled correspondence as correspondence related to: Evaluation of clinical content Review of bioe...
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    Generics Industry Calls FDA Draft Guidance on Priority Reviews 'Basically Inoperable'

    A generic drug industry group and several companies have taken issue with recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance on pre-submission facility correspondence (PFC) that spells out what companies need to do to obtain faster abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) reviews. In June, FDA released the draft guidance noting that it is "critical" for there to be a two-month lead time to determine whether facility inspections will be needed for the 8-mon...
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    EMA Explains Early Industry Engagements Following EU Ombudsman's Questions on Bias

    Following an inquiry into the perception of bias in early interactions between the biopharma industry and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), EMA executive director Guido Rasi tried to assure the EU ombudsman that the risk of bias is manageable. "While we acknowledge the need to avoid and manage any risk of bias, experience over the years shows that such risk can be managed by having in place the necessary safeguards and I can assure you that the Agency guarantees...
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    FDA Details Plans for More Efficient Inspections, Facility Evaluations

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) and Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) will soon launch an effort to streamline the two offices' inspection and facility evaluation efforts. In an email to FDA staff on Monday, CDER Director Janet Woodcock and Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Melinda Plaisier said it is vital that the two offices quickly implement the plan in order to meet commitments under the recent...
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    FDA to Revise Pre-Submission Draft Guidance Due to GDUFA II

    Now that the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA) is law, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday it will revise previously issued draft guidance on the pre-submission of certain information for abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs). FDARA, which was signed by President Donald Trump last Friday , includes statutory provisions that will expedite the review of qualifying ANDAs by allowing the “pre-submission” of certain information prior to s...
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    Priority Generic Drug Reviews: New FDA Draft Guidance

    In preparation of its commitments under the second Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II) , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released a draft guidance laying out how sponsors can qualify for shorter review times for priority generic drugs. Under GDUFA II, FDA agreed to shorten its review of eligible priority generics by two months if sponsors submit a complete and accurate pre-submission facility correspondence (PFC) two months ahead of their a...
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    FDA Warns Chinese Drugmaker for Refusing Inspection, Unsanitary Conditions

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent 8 December to China-based Baoying County Fukang Medical Appliance with six violations. During the June inspection, FDA says its inspector asked a company representative to “explain the microbiological testing processes” for products manufactured and distributed in the US from the plant, but the representative said that information is protected as a trade secret. “Our investigator expla...
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    GAO Report Highlights Ongoing Challenges in Oversight of Drug Compounders

    A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to improve its oversight of drug compounders, challenges at both the state- and FDA-level remain. Background Unlike traditional drugmakers, drug compounders are exempt from certain requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act . These exemptions allow compounders operating under section 503A of the act to produce drugs w...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Generic Drug Facility Self-Identification

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance on information regarding what companies need to self-identify as a producer of generic drugs and what information they must provide to FDA. The final guidance clarifies the draft version from 2012 in a number of areas, including that the self-identification requirements have been implemented, and it includes simplified instructions for electronic submission of self-identification information. ...
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    New FDA Guidance Tackles Insanitary Conditions at Compounding Facilities

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued new draft guidance intended to help drug compounders address insanitary conditions at their facilities. The safety of compounded drugs has been a high profile issue for FDA since 64 people were killed by a fungal meningitis outbreak tied to the New England Compounding Center , a Massachusetts-based compounder, in 2012. Since then, both Congress and FDA have taken steps to improve the safety of compounded ...