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    Citizen Petitions Delaying Approvals: FDA Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance discussing some of the considerations that the agency will take into account when determining whether citizen petitions and petitions for a stay of agency action are submitted with the primary purpose of delaying the approval of a pending generic drug, biosimilar or 505(b)(2) application. The final guidance comes as FDA in February explained its concerns to Congress that such petitions are often...
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    MHRA Consults on Analytical Quality by Design Principles

    The UK’s Medicines and Health care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday opened a three-month public consultation on its plans to apply analytical quality by design (AQbD) principles to its pharmacopoeial standards.   “Quality by Design (QbD) is a systematic approach to development that begins with predefined objectives and emphasises product and process understanding and process control, based on sound science and quality risk management,” MHRA writes.   Th...
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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   “The draft guidance documents have been releas...
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    Drugmaker Petitions FDA to Revoke Sublocade Orphan Designation

    A citizen petition filed last week by law firm Goodwin Procter on behalf of Pennsylvania-based drugmaker Braeburn calls on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke the orphan designation granted to Indivior’s opioid use disorder treatment Sublocade (buprenorphine extended-release injection).   “Sublocade is not now, nor was it ever a bona fide orphan drug, particularly since more than two million Americans currently are afflicted by opioid addiction,” the pe...
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    Public Citizen, FDA Advisor Call for Moratorium on Opioid Approvals

    Nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen on Thursday filed a citizen petition calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to impose a moratorium on approving new or reformulated opioids until the agency implements recommendations from a 2017 report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.   The petition is undersigned by Raeford Brown, the chair of FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee who has spoken out again...
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    Trump’s 2020 Budget Seeks FDA Tweaks to Increase Generic Competition

    With Democrats controlling the House, the specifics of President Donald Trump’s Fiscal 2020 budget, released on Monday, may not matter much, but it does feature new attempts to alter US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) processes in order to increase generic drug competition. Similarly to last year’s budget , the 2020 budget looks to save more than $1 billion in Medicare and Medicaid funds by stopping some generic drug applicants, who file first and win tentative appr...
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    FDA Raises Concerns With 505(q) Petitions

    In a report to Congress, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took issue with a certain statute that requires FDA to prioritize petitions seeking to delay product approvals above other safety petitions that raise public health concerns. “FDA continues to be concerned that section 505(q) does not discourage the submission of petitions that are intended primarily to delay the approval of competing drug products and do not raise valid scientific issues,” the agency sa...
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    FTC Backs FDA Draft Guidance to Stem the Tide of Abusive Citizen Petitions

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has offered its support for revised US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance that will use additional criteria to determine if a citizen petition was submitted to delay the approval of a competing drug. The revised draft offers new considerations for FDA when reviewing citizen petitions, including if a petition was submitted near the expiration of known patent or exclusivity, if a petition was the same or substantially simi...
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    FDA Inspection Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Informed Consent, IRB Rules

    In an inspection report obtained by Public Citizen, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cites the Hennepin County Medical Center over its institutional review board’s (IRB) oversight of clinical trials that involved dosing emergency patients with ketamine and other sedatives without the patients’ consent.   The inspection, which ran from 7-24 August, came after the Star Tribune reported on clinical trials conducted by the hospital and just weeks after Public C...
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    Citizen Petitions: FDA Revises Guidance to Block Drugmakers From Abusing the System

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued a revised draft guidance designed to allow for FDA to reject 505(q) petitions if the agency determines the primary purpose of the petition is to delay the approval of an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA). “We believe this will provide an additional deterrent to pursuing these tactics,” FDA said. The new approach to reviewing petitions would also help FDA focus its resources on addressing petitions that...
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    FDA Denies Amneal Petition Seeking to Block Generic Versions of Osteoporosis Treatment

    Capping a string of recent citizen petition denials, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected Amneal Pharmaceuticals' citizen petition asking the agency to refrain from approving any abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for the blockbuster osteoporosis treatment Forteo (teriparatide). The decision by FDA was not unexpected and followed recent denials of citizen petitions filed by Novo Nordisk and Allergan . Bernstein biotech analyst Ronny ...
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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...