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FDA Issues Long-Awaited Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance By Michael Mezher - Published 17 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released for public consultation its long-awaited draft guidance detailing the agency's expectations for demonstrating biosimilar interchangeability.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Postmarket surveillance, Preclinical, Submission and registration

Tags: Biosimilar, Biosimilar Interchangeability, Draft Guidance, Switching Study

What is a Wearable Device? Lifestyle Device vs. Medical Device By Meredith May, MS, RAC, Anna C. McFadden, PhD - Published 17 January 2017

This article discusses how to determine when wearable lifestyle devices, referred to as fitness trackers, might be categorized as medical devices. In cases where fitness trackers are used in particular ways, their categorization as a medical device carries with it specific requirements for compliance to regulations. The article provides useful information to regulatory personnel in assessing how much compliance to the Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA)1 is expected for a wearable lifestyle device or fitness tracker with imbedded software when used for specific purposes. The article also reviews the migration from lifestyle device to medical device and the accompanying regulatory implications, including FDA's 'intended use.' The concept of "intended use" is key in making the distinction between lifestyle device and medical device, as in the case of wearable fitness devices.2, 3

Categories: Features, US, FDA, Medical Devices

Tags: Wearables, Fitness tracker, Lifestyle devices

Drug Compounding With Bulk Substances: FDA Offers Interim Policies By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 January 2017

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.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Crisis management, Drugs, Quality

Tags: drug compounding, compounded drugs, 503A, 503B, FDA interim policy

FDA Finalizes Repackaging Guidance, Revises Draft on Biologics Mixing, Diluting and Repackaging By Michael Mezher - Published 16 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week finalized its guidance on repackaging drugs by pharmacies and registered outsourcing facilities and also issued a revised draft guidance detailing its policies on mixing, diluting and repackaging certain types of biological products outside of the scope of an approved biologics license application (BLA).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs

Human Factors Studies for Generic Combo Products: FDA Offers Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday continued its flurry of draft guidance for generic drug companies (releasing its third in the last two days), this one for potential applicants planning to develop and submit an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) to seek approval of a generic combination product that includes both a drug and a delivery device.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Combination products, Compliance, Government affairs

Tags: Mylan, EpiPen, generic drug-device combination products, FDA draft guidance

FDA Draft Guidance Looks to Help Speed New Generics to Market By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 January 2017

The blitz of new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance (11 draft and final documents in the last three days) continued on Friday with the release of a draft helping to clarify for generic drug companies how to define and use several terms, and new ways to expedite generic approvals.

Categories: News, FDA, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Labeling, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: RLD, generic drugs, ANDA, ANDA submission

US Supreme Court to Review Biosimilar ‘Patent Dance’ By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 January 2017

The US Supreme Court on Friday said that it will review whether biosimilar companies should have to wait six months after US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval before launching their follow-on products.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Due Diligence, Government affairs

Tags: SCOTUS, John Roberts, biosimilar patent dance, biosimilars and SCOTUS

FDA Further Explains Delay on LDT Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 January 2017

Two months after saying it would not finalize guidance on the regulation of lab-developed tests (LDTs), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday published a discussion paper with some hints as to how it would like the discussion and regulations on this thorny issue to move forward.

Categories: News, US, FDA, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: lab-developed tests, LDTs, FDA on lab tests

Analysis: Longer Review Times Associated With Fewer Adverse Events for High-Risk Heart Devices By Michael Mezher - Published 13 January 2017

A new analysis finds longer regulatory review times for high-risk cardiovascular medical devices to be associated with fewer adverse event reports, and a lower likelihood of such reports citing serious injury or death.

Categories: News, Europe, US, EC, FDA, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance, Submission and registration

Tags: Adverse Event Reports, AER, Safety

Multiple Endpoints in Clinical Trials: FDA Issues Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released draft guidance for industry on the problems posed by multiple endpoints in the analysis and interpretation of study results and how these problems can be managed in drug and biologic clinical trials.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: endpoints, clinical trials, clinical guidance, FDA guidance

180-Day Exclusivity for Generics: FDA Releases Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday put out new draft guidance consisting of 45 questions and answers on the 180 days of exclusivity provided to some generic drugs.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: 180-day exclusivity, generic drugs, FDA guidance

FDA Finalizes Guidance on Benefit-Risk Considerations for IDEs By Michael Mezher - Published 12 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized its guidance detailing its framework for assessing the benefits and risks of investigational device exemptions (IDEs).

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Clinical, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: Investigational Device Exemption, Final Guidance

Non-Proprietary Naming of Biologics and Biosimilars: FDA Finalizes Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 12 January 2017

In a departure from the way the WHO and Europe name biologics, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday finalized long-awaited guidance on how biosimilars and their biologic reference products’ names should include a four-letter, FDA-designated meaningless suffix attached at the end of the nonproprietary name.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Labeling, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: biosimilar names, non-proprietary biologic naming, biologic names, FDA guidance

FDA Offers Draft Guidance on New Pre-Request for Designation Process By Michael Mezher - Published 12 January 2017

After announcing a new program for sponsors to request earlier, informal input on combination product designations last August, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new draft guidance detailing how to prepare such requests.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Combination products, Submission and registration

Tags: Pre-Request for Designation, Pre-RFD, Combination Products

CDER Guidance in 2017: Lots of Procedural and Quality Documents Coming By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) on Wednesday released its agenda of new and revised draft guidance documents to be published this calendar year, and it includes several eagerly-awaited documents, such as ones on biosimilar interchangeability (which has been on the list since 2015) and a revision of a draft on postmarket safety reporting for drugs and biologics.

Categories: News, US, CDER, Generic drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: interchangeability, FDA guidance, guidance agenda, CDER guidance

FDA and MHRA Break Down Foreign Inspection Data By Zachary Brennan - Published 11 January 2017

Both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are slowly ramping up their inspections of foreign manufacturers, according to the latest statistics.

Categories: News, Europe, US, FDA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: foreign drug inspections, foreign device inspections

FDA, DHS Find Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in St. Jude Heart Devices By Michael Mezher - Published 11 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) issued an advisory on Monday warning of cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in St. Jude Medical's Merlin@home wireless transmitter that could affect the company's line of implantable cardiac devices (ICDs).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Cybersecurity, Medical Device Cybersecurity, St. Jude Medical, MedSec, Muddy Waters Research, Merlin@home Transmitter

FDA’s Approval of a New Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Raises Questions By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday raised some eyebrows with its approval of another long-acting opioid, Egalet’s Arymo ER (morphine sulfate extended-release tablets), with abuse-deterrent properties.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: opioid, opioid abuse, marketing exclusivity, FDA drug approval, abuse-deterrent opioid

FDA Offers Final Guidance on CGMP Requirements for Combo Products By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released final guidance describing and explaining the current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements for combination products, first released in January 2013.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Combination products, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: CGMP, combo products, FDA guidance

FDA Seeks Comment on WHO Recommendations Restricting Certain Psychotropic Substances By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 January 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday offered a chance for those interested to submit written comments or request an informal public meeting on recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) to impose international manufacturing and distributing restrictions on certain drug substances.

Categories: News, US, FDA, WHO, Drugs, Government affairs, Product withdrawl and retirement

Tags: cannabis, marijuana, controlled substances, DEA

FDA Issues Labeling Guidance for Aspirin, Acetaminophen By Michael Mezher - Published 10 January 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday issued one draft guidance recommending a label advisory for over-the-counter (OTC) products containing aspirin, and finalized another recommending a warning label for OTC acetaminophen-containing products.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Over the counter drugs, Labeling, Packaging

Tags: Aspirin, Acetaminophen

FDA, DOJ Investigate Galena Biopharma’s Former Promotions of Fentanyl By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 January 2017

Galena Biopharma on Monday disclosed in an SEC filing that the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) are pursuing a criminal investigation, in addition to a previously announced civil investigation, related to the marketing and promotion of its deadly opioid Abstral (fentanyl), which the company sold for $8 million upfront in 2015.

Categories: News, US, DOJ, FDA, Advertising and Promotion, Drugs, Regulatory intelligence

Tags: Galena, DOJ, Abstral, fentanyl marketing

Updated: FDA Offers Draft Q&A on Reporting Requirements for Wholesalers, Third-Party Logistics Providers By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 January 2017

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday will release draft question-and-answer guidance, supplementing another draft from 2014, to help drug wholesale distributors and third-party logistics understand their annual reporting requirements.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Distribution, Drugs, Labeling, Packaging

Tags: DSCSA, wholesale drug distributor, drug logistics, FDA guidance

GAO: FDA's White Oak Campus Poses Security Risk By Michael Mezher - Published 09 January 2017

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), parking and cramped offices at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) White Oak campus in Maryland pose a security risk for the agency.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Government affairs

Tags: FDA White Oak Campus, GAO, Government Accountability Office

International Generic Drug Regulators Outline Plans for Collaboration Through 2020 By Zachary Brennan - Published 09 January 2017

As further cross-border harmonization among pharmaceutical regulators takes shape, the International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) has laid out its priorities that will take the group through the next four years.

Categories: News, Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, Anvisa, CFDA, EC, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, ICH, Medsafe, MHLW, PMDA, TGA, WHO, Generic drugs, Due Diligence, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: generic drug regulation, COFEPRIS, DMFs, ASMFs