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    GAO Calls on FDA to Evaluate its Efforts on Least Burdensome Approach for Devices

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has told the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop metrics to evaluate its performance in implementing its least burdensome approach to regulating medical devices, according to a report released on Tuesday. Congress first required FDA to implement a least burdensome approach for reviewing 510(k) and premarket application (PMA) submissions in the 1997 Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA) . Since then...
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    FDA Plots Policy Priorities for 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced its priorities for policy activity in 2018, which will include reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids, promoting generic drug and biosimilar competition, creating a total product lifecycle office for medical devices, advancing digital health technologies and strengthening the agency’s workforce. “Our work is taking place during an inflection point in both science and policy,” FDA Commissioner Scott Go...
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    FDA Issues Delayed DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued draft guidance detailing its policy for when packages and homogenous cases of drugs without a product identifier are grandfathered from certain provisions of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). While the guidance comes two years after the deadline set by the DSCSA and on the same day that requirements for manufacturers to begin affixing or imprinting product identifiers on packages and homogenous cases ...
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    Medical Product Communications Consistent With FDA-Required Labeling Draft Guidance: Navigating the Gray Zone

    This article discusses the changing landscape for promotional review regarding the shift in evidentiary standards introduced in the 2017 Draft Guidance. It also highlights industry perspectives for consideration to companies looking to apply the principles outlined in the Draft Guidance or in preview to what could be addressed in a future revision. Introduction Regulatory advertising and promotion professionals are accustomed to working amidst ambiguity or in the gray...
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    Updated: FDA Releases Flurry of New, Revised Drug-Specific Guidance Documents

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released new draft guidances for 32 drugs, including for those companies looking to develop generic versions of Mylan’s EpiPen (epinephrine) alternative Adrenaclick, Novartis’ cancer treatment Afinitor (everolimus) and AstraZeneca’s cancer treatment Lynparza (olaparib). On top of the new drafts, FDA released 19 revised guidance documents, including one for companies looking to develop generics of Eli Lilly’s er...
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    FDA Enforcement Trends for Broadcast Advertisements

    This article presents recent FDA enforcement trends related to broadcast advertisements and explains how regulatory professionals can approach the review and approval of promotional materials. The article also provides a review of relevant FDA authorities and guidance, as well as practical takeaways for industry with a focus on product ads appearing on TV or YouTube that may distract viewers from important risk information. Introduction From January 2016 through Augus...
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    CDRH Plots Creation of New 'Super Office,' Alternative 510(k) Pathway

    Jeff Shuren, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) told attendees at the final session at AdvaMed’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California, that his center is plotting the creation of a new "super office." The so-called "Total Product Life Cycle 'Super' Office" will integrate premarket, postmarket surveillance and quality-compliance functions, Shuren said, noting it will be "a big deal." The o...
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    Conducting a Successful Advertising and Promotion Review of Restricted Medical Devices

    This article provides insight for regulatory professionals regarding developing a successful advertising and promotional review of restricted medical devices. It demonstrates how medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies can improve communication and collaboration between regulatory and marketing to streamline and improve the compliance review process for promotional materials and achieve an effective marketing strategy. The Dance "How small can I make...
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    FDA Warns Drugmaker Over Opioid Marketing Materials

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) has warned Canadian drugmaker Cipher Pharmaceuticals over promotional materials for its combination immediate and extended release opioid ConZip (tramadol hydrochloride). The warning letter, only the second sent from OPDP in 2017, comes as the US grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic that has brought increased scrutiny on opioid makers and their marketing practices. According to ...
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    Regulatory Explainer: FDA User Fee Reauthorizations From 2018 to 2022

    President Donald Trump late Friday signed a bill that reauthorizes the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee programs for prescription drugs, generic drugs, biosimilars and medical devices through 2022. Taking effect 1 October, the 86-page law (the text of which can be found here ) passed the House via voice vote in July and by a vote of 94-1 in the Senate earlier this month without the addition of any controversial amendments. The law ensures the ag...
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    OPDP Study Raises Questions About the Balance of Information in Mobile Ads

    A new study by officials from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Prescription Drug Promotion (OPDP) raises questions about the balance of benefit and risk information in mobile ads for prescription drugs. As with other mediums for drug advertising, including print, television, web and social media, the study finds that mobile ads tend to present the benefits of drugs more prominently than their risks. "This echoes prior research across a broad range o...
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    FDA Plots Elimination of the Orphan Drug Designation Request Backlog

    With a flood of new orphan drug designation requests, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its new plan to eliminate the backlog of requests in 90 days and to respond to 100% of all new orphan drug designation requests within 90 days. In 2016, the Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) received 568 new requests for designation – more than double the number of requests received in 2012. According to FDA’s database of 4,174 orphan d...