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    Product Hopping: E&C Hearing Addresses Restrictions to Generic Competition

    A subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing on Thursday raising questions around some of the tactics pharmaceutical companies use to block competition, including the controversial use of product hopping. Product hopping, which involves companies reformulating drugs to restrict competition, can include many different types of reformulations, such as a change from a capsule to a tablet, a change in dosing or strength or a reformulation to an ext...
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    OPQ Reports on State of Drug Quality in FY2018

    In a report released Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) provides a look at the pharmaceutical quality landscape for drugs and biologics intended for the US market.   The report itself breaks down different metrics related to product quality and manufacturer compliance with current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) to paint a picture of the overall pharmaceutical quality landscape.   While FDA reports an overa...
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    FDA Again Pushes Back Compliance Date for Safety Reporting Requirements for Combo Products

    A little more than a year after pushing back the date by which combination product companies must comply with certain postmarket safety reporting (PMSR) requirements, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday extended the compliance deadline again. The updated guidance explains how FDA does not intend to enforce 21 CFR 4.102(c) and (d) (constituent part-based PMSR requirements), 4.104(b)(1) and (b)(2) (submission process for constituent part-based Individual ...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Nonclinical Drug Development for Serious Hematologic Disorders

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized guidance on the nonclinical studies drugmakers should conduct when developing products to treat severely debilitating or life-threatening hematologic disorders (SDLTHDs).   FDA classifies SDLTHDs as hematologic conditions that cause shorter life expectancy or greatly diminished quality of life even with available treatments.   FDA notes that the guidance does not apply to hematologic cancers and covers...
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    FDA Warns Jubilant, Pfizer Subsidiary in India

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week sent warning letters to Pfizer’s subsidiary Hospira and Jubilant Life Sciences over good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations at the companies’ facilities in India.   Pfizer   In its warning letter to Pfizer, FDA says that products made at its Hospira facility in Tamil Nadu, India are adulterated as a result of data integrity breaches and laboratory testing shortcomings observed during a week-long inspection la...
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    FDA to Survey Healthcare Professionals on Prescription Drug Marketing

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it will go ahead with a survey of healthcare professionals (HCPs) on how they are impacted by prescription drug promotion aimed at a professional audience.   The announcement comes after the agency consulted on its plans for  the survey in March 2018 and follows two earlier surveys that looked at HCPs’ attitudes toward direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. The survey will also include questions about HCPs’...
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    FDA Touts Quality Office’s Achievements in 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) on Thursday released its 2018 annual report touting its accomplishments in a year that saw record numbers of new and generic drug approvals.   OPQ is the office responsible for quality assessments for investigational new drug applications (INDs) and all marketing applications reviewed by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), including new drug applications (NDAs), abbreviat...
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    FDA Names New Office of Generic Drugs Director

    In an email to staff on Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) announced that Sally Choe will take over for Kathleen Uhl as Director of the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) upon Uhl’s retirement at the end of the month after serving more than 20 years at the agency.   “With more than 18 years of experience in global drug development, Sally is an accomplished leader in both governmen...
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    Combo Product Reviews: FDA Drafts Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released high-level draft guidance explaining the principles for premarket review of combination products, including how sponsors can determine which type of premarket submission is appropriate. The 22-page draft, which implements a section of the 21 st Century Cures Act , explains what combination products are, how their various FDA center assignments are determined and considerations for making approval pathway de...
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    Industry Comments on ICH Product Lifecycle Management Guideline

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday released comments gathered during its public consultation for the International Council for Harmonisation's (ICH) draft guideline on pharmaceutical product lifecycle management.   The 31-page draft guideline , ICH Q12: Technical and Regulatory Considerations for Pharmaceutical Product Lifecycle Management , was adopted by ICH and released for public consultation last year.   Most of the comments EMA received express...
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    New Product-Specific Guidances Focus on Drugs Without Generic Competition

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued 63 new and revised draft product-specific guidances detailing its expectations for companies looking to develop generic versions of those products.   Of the 63 guidances, 22 are new draft guidances and 41 are revised draft guidances. According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, nearly 70% (43) of the guidances are for products that do not have any generic competition.   Some of the newly released draft gu...
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    European Commission Revises Q&A on Safety Features for Medicinal Products

    The European Commission on Monday released a revised question and answer document regarding the implementation of the rules on the safety features for medicinal products for human use. Revisions in the document are related to two questions and answers, including one on if a pack bearing safety features is lawfully opened by, for instance, parallel traders or manufacturers replacing the leaflet, can the pack be resealed? The answer notes that in certain circumstances it ...