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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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    HHS pushes through last-minute policies impacting FDA

    With just days remaining before the transition to a new administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pushing through policies that could impact the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory oversight.   Last week, HHS announced it had finalized a rule that would cause its regulations to expire if they are not reviewed every 10 years, with some exceptions provided for medical device-specific regulations, food standards and over-the-cou...
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    PDUFA VII: Negotiations continue with focus on regulatory decision tools, digital health and CMC

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released its latest batch of meeting summaries in the ongoing negotiations with the pharmaceutical industry that will shape the next Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VII) program.   The meetings, all of which took place in October, shed light on the programs and priorities FDA and industry are pursuing as they hammer out an agreement over the next five years of the agency’s multibillion-dollar drug review pro...
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    HHS moves to end FDA’s unapproved drugs initiative

    Following an announcement by outgoing President Donald Trump on Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving to end the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) unapproved drugs initiative, which the agency claims has led to increased drug prices for some older drugs. FDA’s unapproved drugs initiative can be traced back more than a decade to the agency’s 2006 compliance policy guide (CPG) on marketed drugs without approved new drug applications (NDAs)...
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    FDA launches online orphan submissions portal

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday launched a new cloud-based submission portal for orphan drug designation requests, shifting away from the current paper and CD-based submission process. The new portal, first announced in January, is part of the agency’s orphan drug technology modernization effort and fits in with its broader technology modernization plans. The shift to electronic submissions follows a decade of increasing orphan drug designation reques...
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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 publishes list of essential medicines, devices

    To comply with a recent executive order, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released a list of more than 300 essential drugs and medical devices that will serve as a basis for prioritized federal procurement of those products from domestic sources.   The list was developed in response to President Donald Trump’s “Buy American” executive order , issued in August, aimed at boosting domestic production of drugs and medical devices. (RELATED: Trump’s ...
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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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    FDA orphan drug updates at NORD Summit

    Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided updates on the agency’s efforts to support the development of medical products for rare diseases at the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Summit this week.   In his keynote address on Thursday, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said that FDA had already approved 51 orphan indications through July of this year and acknowledged that the agency’s Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) has se...
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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...