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    FDA eyes adaptive designs for BE studies impacted by COVID-19

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to adaptive designs to salvage in vivo bioequivalence (BE) studies that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   FDA acknowledged the impact that the public health emergency could have on BE studies early in the pandemic and in April 2020 the agency created a webpage with information for abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) sponsors noting that protocol revisions may be required for studies that are inter...
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    A look at FDA’s data on priority and competitive generics

    Three years into the second Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA II) program, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seen the number of priority and competitive generic therapy (CGT) abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) approved or under review rise as generic drugmakers continue to pursue both designations. The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), which reauthorized GDUFA for five years, includes provisions to shorten the reviews of certain ANDAs...
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    FDA issues guidance on resuming or initiating BE studies amid pandemic

    New guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued on Friday provides recommendations for resuming or initiating bioequivalence (BE) studies for generic drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The guidance, aimed at ensuring participant and study staff safety, calls on generic drug developers to carefully consider protocols for resuming or initiating BE studies and to take steps to ensure the scientific validity of data generated from studies impacted by ...
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    FDA issues 34 new and revised product-specific guidances

    In its latest quarterly release of product-specific guidances meant to promote the development of generic drugs, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday posted 13 new and 21 revised draft guidances, bringing the total number of such guidances released by the agency to 1,974.   The guidances are intended to foster generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a refe...
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    FDA approves fewer generics in FY2020, ending record streak

    After four straight years of posting record numbers of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) approvals, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has broken its streak, approving 22% fewer generic drugs in FY2020 than it did in FY2019.   In FY2020, FDA approved a total of 909 ANDAs, 737 full approvals and 172 tentative approvals, compared to a record 1,171 ANDAs in FY2019. Complete responses also declined to 2,010 compared to 2,310 in FY2019. (RELATED: Another reco...
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    Regulatory tools for generic drug companies: Formal FDA meetings and controlled correspondence

    This article discusses formal meetings and controlled correspondence for the generic drug industry and the use of these regulatory tools in the abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) process. The author notes that these tools are useful in understanding the current thinking of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to avoid unexpected delays for product approval as well as expedite faster generic drug approvals.   Introduction Generic drugs are copies of innovato...
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    FDA calls for stakeholders to join GDUFA talks

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week called on non-industry stakeholders, including advocacy groups, healthcare professionals and other experts, to declare their interest in participating in consultation meetings for the next Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III) program.   The call comes less than two months after the agency held its GDUFA III reauthorization kickoff meeting, during which industry stakeholders sought improvements to the generic...
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    FDA issues 36 new and revised product-specific guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released its latest batch of product-specific guidances, posting 19 new and 17 revised draft guidances, bringing the total number of product-specific guidances issued by the agency to 1,938.   The guidances , which FDA posts quarterly, are intended to promote generic competition by clarifying the agency’s expectations for the studies required to demonstrate that a generic drug is equivalent to a reference listed drug...
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    FDA explains transfer of ownership policy for generics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new manual of policies and procedures (MAPP) for transferring ownership of drug applications, including those due to corporate mergers and acquisitions.   The new MAPP outlines how Orange Book staff in the Office of Generic Drugs will process requests to transfer ownership of a drug application and explains the responsibilities of the current owner of the drug application as well as the new owner.   To transf...
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    EC offers antitrust reassurances to generic drugmakers cooperating on shortages

    The European Commission on Wednesday reassured the generic drug association Medicines for Europe that member and nonmember companies can work together to battle shortages of critical hospital drugs to treat COVID-19 patients. The commission explains how generic firms may need to coordinate on stock management and distribution “so that not all undertakings focus on one or a few medicines, while others remain in under-production. Such coordination would be contrary to ant...
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    MHRA Offers No-Deal Brexit Guidance on Comparator Products for Generic Drug Studies

    As another delay may push back Brexit to the end of January, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Tuesday published new guidance on comparator products (CPs) used in bioequivalence (BE), pharmacokinetic (PK) and therapeutic equivalence (TE) studies to support generic drug and other abridged marketing authorization applications following a no-deal Brexit. The guidance explains how it may be possible for an applicant to compare a proposed...
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    Another Record Year for Generic Drug Approvals but Questions on Competition Remain

    For each of the last five years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set generic drug approval records, but questions have lingered on whether these high approval numbers are translating into competition. FY 2019 figures show a total of 1,171 generic drug approvals (935 full approvals and 236 tentative approvals), which breaks FDA’s previous all-time record of 971 full and tentative approvals for FY 2018 . And although the abbreviated new drug application (...