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    FDA refreshes bioequivalence guidance for generic drugs

    Generic drug makers received a refreshed draft guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday; the guidance updates some recommendations on the conduct of bioequivalence (BE) studies that have pharmacokinetic endpoints.   In announcing the updated draft guidance’s availability, FDA said that the document is meant to "clarify the agency’s recommendations regarding BE information submitted in an [abbreviated new drug application] submission, provide assistan...
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    AAM: Medicare Part D plans slow to adopt generics

    Medicare Part D plans are slow to adopt generic medications for their beneficiaries, according to a recent report released by the Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM).   For the 2021 plan year, Medicare Part D formularies covered 21% of approved first generic medications from the previous year compared with the 66% covered by commercial formulary plans, the report stated. But this is part of a years-long trend, according to AAM. Not only do Medicare Part D plans ...
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    FDA’s OGD hears ways to accelerate complex generic development

    Pharmaceutical industry officials speaking at a Wednesday workshop on complex generics suggested that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) create alternative pathways for assessing bioequivalence for some of these products and provide more guidance on assessing the bioequivalence of metered-dose inhalers.   A series of industry officials spoke at a 23 June public workshop on ways the agency could accelerate the development of complex generics. The agency is requir...
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    Regulatory science pilot floated in BsUFA III negotiations

    In the latest rounds of negotiations for the reauthorization of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA III), industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fine-tuned labeling and supplements language, sought to find new ways for developers to receive targeted feedback, and set the scope for future guidance documents.   In a series of three May 2021 meetings, the BsUFA III negotiation steering committee convened to work on these topics, and to hammer out an agreeme...
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    FDA launches global Generic Drug Cluster

    In a new effort to boost alignment of scientific and regulatory approaches to generic drug development among global regulators, the US Food and Drug Administration is standing up a Generic Drug Cluster.   Described as “the first forum established for the world’s leading regulatory agencies to address generic drug development globally,” the new cluster, wrote FDA, is meant to help harmonize approaches global regulators take to generic drug development through a variety ...
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    Biden administration outlines plan to address US supply chain vulnerabilities

    The United States is taking steps to address vulnerabilities in US supply chains, according to a new report published by the White House.   These steps include improving domestic manufacturing of critical medicines and active pharmaceutical ingredients, increasing investments in sustainable domestic supply chains, and better monitoring of supply chain disruptions, the Biden administration said.   On Monday, the Biden administration released a report of findings f...
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    Capacity adjustments, DMFs under discussion for GDUFA III

    Newly released minutes show progress made during the past two months of negotiations between the US Food and Drug Administration and industry on commitment language for the second reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments (GDUFA III).   In March and April, FDA and industry focused on a number of ongoing issues in seven negotiation meetings. (RELATED: Industry-FDA GDUFA III negotiations seek higher first-round approval rates , Regulatory Focus 11 Novemb...
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    What’s behind drug price spikes – and what can be done?

    Two newly published studies have highlighted the rising cost of brand-name and generic drugs, looking at why generic price spikes happen and how drug price hikes affect insured patients.   In an analysis published in Health Affairs , Aayan N. Patel, a researcher with the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues said that although there have been fewer spikes in drug prices be...
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    GDUFA III: Use MDUFA model to create competition in generic drug markets

    As negotiations for the reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA) continue, stakeholders should consider a new financial model to improve equity and competition in generic drug markets, according to a recent Health Affairs blog post.   GDUFA was enacted in 2012 and reauthorized in 2017 as GDUFA II with the goal to “supplement FDA funds to expedite generic drug approval and inject competition in generic drug markets,” Margaret M. Dotzel, attorney and fo...
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    FDA officials address 'complete assessments' at DMF workshop

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a question-and-answer webinar on 9 April to help the generic drug industry avoid problems with their Type II active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) drug master files (DMFs). Such mishaps can potentially derail the agency’s on-time review of generic drug applications.   The 3-hour webinar covered such topics as fee payments, completeness assessments, impurity assessments, facility identification and selecting starting mater...
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    FDA withdraws 5 opioid ANDAs for no REMS or reports

    Five generic opioid drugs are being withdrawn from the market by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a Federal Register announcement.   The action comes after the holders of the abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) “have repeatedly failed to file required annual reports for those ANDAs and have failed to satisfy the requirement to have an approved risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS),” wrote FDA in announcing the withdrawal.   T...
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    OGD’s 2020 approvals, regulatory work kept pace despite COVID-19

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved or tentatively approved 948 generic drug applications in 2020, with a significant portion aimed at potential treatments and supportive therapies for patients with COVID-19, according to the annual report from FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD).   In response to the pandemic, OGD devised a system for identifying generic drugs with the potential to treat COVID-19 and accelerating those assessments, according to OGD’s ...