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    GAO: FDA Needs a Plan for GDUFA Carryover Fees

    As Congress looks to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Monday released a report saying that FDA should develop a plan for managing unspent fees collected from generic drugmakers. "Such a documented plan could aid Congress in determining the appropriate amount of user fees to be collected by the agency during the annual appropriations process and when considering a reauthorization of th...
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    Industry Supports FDA Proposal to Create New Office of Patient Affairs

    Industry groups BIO and TransCelerate, as well as companies GlaxoSmithKline and Shire, have offered their support for the creation of a new office at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on patient affairs. The idea for the new Office of Patient Affairs (OPA), proposed in March , is part of the agency’s efforts to offer "a single, central entry point to the Agency for the patient community," as well as "triage and navigation services for inbound inquir...
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    FDA Issues New and Revised Guidance for Generic Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a batch of 21 new and 16 revised draft guidances intended to help drugmakers conduct the studies needed to support the approval of certain generic drugs. Since formalizing its process for making such guidance available in 2010, FDA has published hundreds of product-specific bioequivalence guidances for various products. This is FDA's fourth recent release of new and revised bioequivalence guidance for generi...
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    FDA Launches New ORA Structure to Align Inspections With Expertise

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday released details on the structure of its newly realigned Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). The move, part of FDA's program alignment , is aimed at more closely aligning the agency's inspection efforts with the various products it regulates. "Specializing by FDA-regulated product type more closely mirrors the organizational model of FDA's centers and the industries we regulate," FDA writes. Under the agency's previo...
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    FDA Officials Discuss Modernizing the Regulation of Combo Products

    As one-third of all medical products under development are combination products (meaning a combination of a drug, device or biologic), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is undertaking the tricky task of modernizing the agency’s regulations around these products, which often present unique questions on risks and benefits, two FDA officials wrote in a recent commentary in Nature . Nina Hunter, FDA’s associate director for science policy, and Rachel Sherman, F...
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    FDA Official Highlights Foreign Supply Chain Challenges

    Drugmakers should be mindful of the risks involved with relying on foreign manufacturers as part of their supply chain, said Thomas Cosgrove, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Manufacturing Quality within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Speaking at the Food and Drug Law Institute's annual conference on Friday, Cosgrove detailed some of the biggest challenges drugmakers face when contracting with foreign manufacturers, which fi...
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    CDER Officials: Nanomaterial Submissions on the Rise

    A team of officials from the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) say that submissions for drugs containing nanomaterials are on the rise. The finding stems from an analysis published Monday in Nature Nanotechnology , in which the officials look at trends in submissions involving nanomaterials over the last 40 years. In the analysis, the authors say the number of investigation...
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    Medical Product Communications: Industry Seeks to Reform FDA Draft Guidances

    With a flood of new comments, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies are seeking changes to two draft guidances explaining the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) evolving policies on industry communications with payers and claims that adhere to a drug's label. Introduced in January, the draft Q&A documents detail how drug and device firms can discuss unapproved medical products with payers in ways that are "truthful and non-misleading," as well...
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    Researchers Link Target Product Profiles to Shorter Review Times

    A recent analysis finds that drug and biologic submissions to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that reference a target product profile (TPP) are associated with shorter review times at the agency. The analysis was published in Cell Press earlier this month by Christopher Breder, a medical officer within FDA's Office of New Drugs and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University's regulatory science program and two students in the program, Wenny Du and Adria Tynd...
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    BIO, AdvaMed Seek to Tweak FDA’s New Pre-Request Draft Guidance for Combo Products

    Industry groups BIO and AdvaMed are seeking some changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) guidance on requesting informal input on combination product designations. Background Under what’s known as the pre-request for designation (pre-RFD) program, sponsors can ask FDA how their product will be classified (drug, device, biological product or combination product), and which of the agency's three review centers will be responsible for reviewing and reg...
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    PhRMA Seeks More Transparency on FDA Inspections to Speed First-Cycle Approvals

    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) last week said it supports the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of its inspection information flow, particularly as applications that receive on-time inspections typically receive first cycle approvals earlier. The comments were made in response to FDA's assessment of its program for enhanced review transparency and communication for new molecular entity new drug applications (NME NDAs) and or...
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    FDA Delays eCTD Requirements for Master Files

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is giving drugmakers an additional year before requiring master files to be submitted in electronic common technical document (eCTD) format. In a revised guidance released Friday, FDA says it is delaying the requirement for drug master files (DMF) and biological product files (BPF) to be submitted in eCTD format until 5 May 2018. Other documents, such as new drug applications (NDAs), abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) and...