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    Report calls for limits on compounded bioidentical hormone therapy

    Evidence does not support the clinical utility of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies and their use should be limited to patients who cannot use products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a consensus study report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM).   FDA requested the NASEM review due to increasing popularity of compounded bioidentical hormone therapies (cBHT) combined with concerns over he...
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    FDA Investigates Thousands of Adverse Events Linked to Compounded Hormone Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Monday that an inspection of an outsourcing facility uncovered information about 4,202 adverse events linked to compounded hormone pellets that had never been reported to the agency. Janet Woodcock, director of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement that the mishap highlights the need for compounders of drugs and other affiliated organizations to report adverse events promptly.   “The adver...
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    FDA Singles Out 9 More Drug Substances Not for Compounding

    Following a court win late last month to keep one such drug substance out of the hands of compounders, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pointed to nine more bulk drug substances for which it has concluded that there is no clinical need for outsourcing facilities to compound them. For the nominated substances — dipyridamole, ephedrine sulfate, famotidine, hydralazine hydrochloride, methacholine chloride, sodium bicarbonate, sodium tetradecyl sulfate, trypan blue...
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    Woodcock Lays Out Top CDER Priorities for 2019

    While noting that the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has reached some important milestones in 2018, CDER Director Janet Woodcock also unveiled the center’s priorities for 2019 at the CMS/FDA Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. “We’ve generally accomplished what we set out to do” in 2018, she said, noting that in the generic drug space, “we’ve reached a steady state,” while in the new molecular entity (NME) space...
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    FDA Redrafts GMP Policies for Outsourcing Facilities

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a revised draft guidance Monday on good manufacturing practices (GMP) for outsourcing facilities to reflect 2014 feedback. The draft guidance aims to clarify provisions that became applicable to outsourcing facilities, following the 2013 enactment of section 503B under the FD&C Act that allowed drug compounders to register as outsourcing facilities with FDA. Outsourcing facilities must be GMP compliant and are subject t...
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    FDA Warns of Dosing Errors With Compounded Injectables

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week warned that differences in how drugmakers and compounders label the strength of injectable drugs may lead to dangerous dosing errors.   "Conventional manufacturers label their injectable products with the strength per total volume as the primary and prominent expression of strength on the label, whereas some compounders label their injectable products differently," FDA writes.   For small volume parenteral drugs a...
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    Compounding: FDA Details Policy Priorities for 2018, Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its priorities for addressing compounded drugs in 2018 after years of developing policies to improve its oversight. Background In recent years, FDA has worked to update its policies on compounded drugs in response to a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Center that led to at least 60 deaths and new requirements brought on by the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) of 201...
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    FDA Warns Compounding Pharmacy, Finds Wood in Drug Sample

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month sent a warning letter to a Folcroft, PA-based compounding drug facility run by ImprimisRx after uncovering adulterated products and insanitary conditions. During an inspection last summer, FDA inspectors took samples of two lots of a product compounded at the pharmacy and found that "fibrous material consistent with wood was present in the sample taken from one of those lots of your product." FDA also fo...
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    BIO, PhRMA and Others Urge Further FDA Clarity on Drug Compounding

    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Pew Charitable Trusts and other groups earlier this week sent letters to the House and Senate urging further support for FDA oversight of drug compounders and enforcement of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act .  "If FDA is not permitted to maintain that line between traditional compounding and outsourcing facilities, patients are put at risk, sta...
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    GAO Survey of State Regulation of Drug Compounding Offers Mixed Results

    Among the local drug compounding regulators for 50 states, Washington, DC, Guam, Puerto and the US Virgin Islands, many say they are working with and appreciate the help of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but only seven out of 50 respondents could differentiate all data on drug compounding for human use versus animal use. Building on a 2016 report , the new survey  results released by the US Government Accountability Office on Friday on the state regulatio...
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    BIO, Pew Weigh FDA's Revised Draft Guidance on Mixing, Diluting or Repackaging Biologics

    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and the Pew Charitable Trusts are offering their input on the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recently revised draft guidance on mixing, diluting or repackaging biologics. While both organizations say the revised draft guidance is a step in the right direction, BIO says several aspects of the guidance still raise concerns. Background FDA first issued its draft guidance on mixing, diluting or repackaging biological...
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    Drug Compounding With Bulk Substances: FDA Offers Interim Policies

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late Friday issued revised versions of two final guidance documents explaining the use of bulk drug substances in compounding and clarifying that the agency does not intend to take action against certain outsourcing facilities and compounded drugs. The policies also clarify that the two guidance documents do not apply to inactive ingredients, which can be used in compounding without appearing on the bulk drug substances lists dev...