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    FDA describes plans to expand remote regulatory assessments

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance on Friday that formalizes its plans for using remote regulatory assessments (RRAs) for FDA-regulated products to supplement onsite inspections as it eases out of pandemic response mode. The guidance covers triggers for when FDA will request or require remote assessments and how these audits will be coordinated with onsite inspections.   These tools are not intended to replace onsite inspections but inste...
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    FDA warning letter tells Spanish API firm to up its validation game

    A Spanish producer of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) was chastised by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a June 30 warning letter for its spotty approach to validation and ensuring that manufacturing processes remain in a state of control and can consistently produce a quality product.   The letter to Bioiberica SAU in Barcelona, Spain, which makes heparin-based products, in addition to APIs, follows an inspection between 31 January and 4 February ...
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    Dose banding: FDA aims to reduce drug waste in new labeling guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released draft guidance to assist sponsors with incorporating dose banding information in drug labeling for ready-to-use containers in new drug applications (NDAs), biologics license applications (BLA) or supplements to those applications.   Dose banding refers to dosing a drug product based on weight or body surface area (BSA), and labeling can include a range of different strengths.   This approach reduces “signific...
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    Managing regulation of mental health-related claims in the COVID-19 era

    As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers are increasingly turning to dietary supplements to help them manage the daily stress of this unprecedented time. However, as demand for dietary supplements associated with stress and anxiety-reduction has increased, so has regulatory scrutiny from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This article provides an overview of the FDA and FTC’s regulations and enforcement activ...
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    Supply chain disruptions: FDA guidance and temporary policies

    The COVID-19 pandemic caused one of the most prominent displays of supply chain disruption in the modern era. However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found ways to allow for regulatory flexibility by issuing guidance documents while still managing to protect consumers from adulterated and misbranded food.   Keywords – COVID-19 , FDA, food, guidance, pandemic, supply chain   Introduction The complexity of modern supply chains is never more eviden...
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    FDA finalizes instructions for use guidance for drugs, biologics

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance on the content and format of Instructions for Use (IFU) labeling for pharmaceutical manufacturers to help consumers understand complicated instructions for using a drug or a biologic.   The guidance covers human prescription drug and biological products, as well as drug-led or biologic-led combination products submitted under a new drug application (NDA) or a biologics license application (BLA)....
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    FDA publishes two critical DSCSA draft guidances

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 5 July issued two draft guidances covering the implementation of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA); one addresses the use of electronic standards for tracing products through the pharmaceutical supply chain, while the other guidance pertains to identifying trading partners that are authorized to track products though the supply chain.   The agency announced that “these documents are critical steps toward implement...
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    VRBPAC recommends addition of Omicron-component to future boosters

    A panel of experts recommended the inclusion of an Omicron component in future COVID-19 vaccine boosters in the United States. Public health officials suspect another surge in COVID-19 cases this fall and are considering boosters with an updated strain composition in hopes that vaccine targeting a more recent strain of the virus will be more effective.   FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met on 28 June to discuss whether the a...
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    FDA official: Virtual audits, records requests may be sticking around

    CHICAGO – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to use a hybrid inspection model going forward as it eases out of its pandemic response mode, combining a mix of record requests, remote interactive evaluations (RIEs) with onsite inspections if needed, asserted Alonza Cruse, director of FDA’s pharmaceutical quality operations.   Cruse discussed how the agency is transitioning to normal operators at the 22 June Drug Information Association (DIA) annual meeting ...
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    FDA prevented record number of drug shortages in 2021

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prevented 317 drug shortages in 2021, the highest number since the agency began tracking drug shortages in 2012, according to a recent report released by the agency.   The agency’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has been tracking drug shortages since the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) was passed in 2012, which requires FDA to release an annual report to Congress; FDA’s Center f...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for youngest children

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday authorized the emergency use of Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months of age, asserting that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks.   This action comes two days after the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) unanimously voted to support expanding the emergency use authorizations (EUAs). (RELATED: VRPAC recommends Pfizer, Mode...
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    Back to the drawing board for FDA’s revised quality metrics plan?

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revised plan to collect quality metrics data from manufacturers drew criticism from one major pharmaceutical industry group on the metrics the agency is proposing, as well as its methods for developing the program. Others complained that the proposed program lacks focus, while two industry groups also expressed serious misgivings about the purpose of the overall program.   Yet on a positive note, one industry group and major ...