Product Selection and Planning Resources

The Race to Get a Cannabidiol Product Approved: Why Is It Taking So Long?

Several companies have been competing to get the first cannabidiol product to market. Both investor and patient interest are high but the recent news includes more setbacks. What is different about cannabidiol (CBD) products and what could Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have done differently? The Cannabidiol Pipeline As we have previously blogged, there are currently no […]
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PREA Requirements for Biosimilar and Interchangeable Biological Products

In general, under the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA), submission of an initial pediatric study plan (iPSP) is required for a drug or biological product that includes a new active ingredient, new indication, new dosage form, new dosing regimen, or new route of administration. Submission of an iPSP is required 60 calendar days after the […]
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Brexit and EMA: The Changes Have Begun

After months of speculation, the first round of changes for pharmaceutical manufacturers arising from the planned withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) from the European Union (EU) have arrived. And the changes are major for companies based in the UK that currently market or plan to market centrally authorised […]
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Due Diligence Assessment: Determining a Drug Product’s Potential Value

Due Diligence Assessment: Determining a Drug Product’s Value The risk involved with an asset needs to be assessed before a sale. Whether from the buy or from the sell side, it pays to understand how much an asset is worth. For those involved with in-licensing or out-licensing, a properly performed Due Diligence Assessment places a […]
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Shortening the Review Clock: the Latest on Priority Review Vouchers

The Latest on Priority Review Vouchers Priority review vouchers (PRVs) are a valuable incentive available to companies upon approval of novel drugs to treat rare pediatric diseases or certain tropical diseases. These vouchers can be used on a subsequent application to speed the review process and are an asset that can be sold or transferred […]
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How Many FDA Premarket Applications Are Necessary For Your Combination Product?

This week, we are pleased to share an article written by Camargo Pharmaceutical Services’ new Medical Device expert, Dr. Girish Kumar, along with Dr. P.K. Narang, and published by Pharmaceutical Online, Med Device Online, and Bio Process Online. How Many FDA Premarket Applications Are Necessary For Your Combination Product? Often, an already-approved drug can further […]
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Improving Drug Development ROI in 2017

Time to Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit: Improving Drug Development ROI in 2017 With forecasts of decreasing peak sales for late pipeline drugs, a logical way to increase the return on investment (ROI) for pharmaceutical companies is to develop products with lower research and development (R&D) costs. How can this be achieved in an environment with […]
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The Prodrug Benefit of Utilizing the 505(b)(2) Pathway

Designing a new drug from scratch is costly and time-consuming. One attractive option to differentiate from currently marketed products is to chemically modify the characteristics of an existing drug to create a prodrug. Often a prodrug can improve the safety and efficacy of an approved therapeutic. Here, we discuss the basics of prodrugs, how the […]
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Product Ideation: Identifying Your Optimal Drug Development Candidate

It’s a familiar story: Pharmaceutical Company X spends years developing Product Y only to discover at a crucial point in the process that Product Y will not succeed. The result is often millions of dollars and development years wasted. But could drug development failure be prevented? Oftentimes, drug development failure can be attributed to misalignment […]
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Enforcement Activities: FDA removes unapproved prescription ear drops

For years FDA has threatened to remove unapproved products (so-called DESI products) from the marketplace. Recently, the FDA took enforcement action against  several unapproved prescription ear drops.  What products will be next?  DESI producers can use the 505(b)(2) pathway to avoid such actions on their products. Let’s take a look at the recent action and show an example of  […]
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Active Ingredients vs. Active Moieties – Perplexity of Understanding the Relationship or Distinction

Recently a federal district court spotlighted FDA’s apparently inconsistent definitions of what constitutes an “active ingredient (AI)”  in rejecting the Agency’s rationale for denying Amarin Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s fish oil capsule Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) (NDA 202057 approved July 26, 2012), request for 5 years of market exclusivity as a New Chemical Entity (NCE).  On Feb. 21, […]
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Pediatrics – What are the appropriate age ranges?

As we have noted in this blog previously, under the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA), all new drug applications for a new active ingredient, new indication, new dosage form, new dosing regimen, or new route of administration are required to contain an assessment of the safety and effectiveness of the product for the claimed indication(s) […]
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Opportunities in Orphan Drug Development for Investors, Pharma and CROs

Orphan drugs, defined in the Orphan Drug Act as drugs developed to treat rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S., have begun to make their mark for patients and drug companies. As the number of orphan drugs has increased over the past 30 years, many patients with rare diseases have benefited […]
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REMS/ETASU and Safe Use in Bioequivalence trials

We’ve previously commented regarding the predilection of RLD holders whose product approvals include a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) and Elements To Assure Safe Use (ETASU) to use the REMS/ETASU as a barrier to entry for generic completion.  Specifically, the RLD holder will refuse to sell their product to the prospective generic manufacturers, who […]
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2014 505(b)(2) NDA Approvals

2014 drug approvals seem to have rebounded somewhat from the past year. In his annual CDER New Drug Review Update, FDA’s John Jenkins cited 35 NME NDA and BLA approvals (calculated through December 3, 2014), up from 27 in 2013 (see chart below). These approvals include 505(b)(1) NDAs as well as BLAs . Some interesting stats […]
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Therapeutic Equivalence Ratings Under 505(b)(2)

The FDA listing of therapeutic equivalence (TE) ratings can be a murky area for products approved under 505(b)(2) applications. The concept of TE ratings emerged from FDA regulations for generics and revolve around the announcement that the FDA would publish a current listing of all of its approved drugs together with TE ratings. This was […]
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Orphan Drug Exclusivity for a Previously Approved Drug: a 505(b)(2) Conundrum

Until now, if a Sponsor intended to request orphan designation with 7 years of marketing exclusivity for a drug that has already been granted orphan designation, FDA has followed the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), including the condition described in 21CFR §316.34(c): “If a drug is otherwise the same drug as a previously approved drug […]
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Alkermes Prodrug for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis: NCE?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring drug efficacy, in addition to safety, for approval in 1962 based on the Kefauver-Harris Amendment. Despite this requirement, many drugs that have been approved by FDA have limited efficacy (eg, drugs that treat cancer or Alzheimer’s disease). In many cases, some portion of the limited efficacy is […]
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Paper Submissions: Going, going…away

In order to fulfill a requirement specified in Section 745A(a) of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (aka FDASIA), FDA recently issued a draft guidance directing mandatory use of electronic filing and formatting for most regulatory submissions which currently can still be submitted in paper format.  The change is not exactly imminent, but […]
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MannKind Breathes Easier – Inhaled Insulin Finally Approved

MannKind’s Afrezza Receives FDA Approval In June of this year, MannKind Corporation announced that they received FDA approval for Afrezza®, their rapid-acting inhaled insulin product. MannKind is currently working to identify a pharma partner to manufacture and distribute Afrezza, and the product could be available as soon as January 2015. This approval has been a […]
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Importing pre-launch products with a bit of PLAIR

With the tsunami of activities connected with the initial implementation of all the GDUFA requirements, another change made by FDA went largely under the radar.  FDA released the draft guidance, “Pre-Launch Activities Importation Requests (PLAIR)”. (CDER July 2013) which describes how an NDA/ANDA applicant may import finished dosage forms into the United States prior to […]
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The Road to Commercial Success – The Target Product Profile

The goal of drug product development is commercial success.  If this statement wasn’t true, how would patients access the live-saving or life-enhancing drugs we are developing.  Yet, all too many companies focus just on FDA approval, which in our view should be just a very important milestone. When embarking on the drug development journey, it is […]
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2013 505(b)(2) NDA Approvals

2013 appears to be a challenging year for FDA NDA approvals.  FDA’s John Jenkins reviewed the  NME NDA and BLA approvals through November 2013, showing that 25 such products were approved (see chart below).  These 25 approvals are 505(b)(1)NDA and BLA’s.  Generally, this performance was seen as disappointing, but readers of this blog know that the number […]
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ANDA but No NDA – What to Rely on?

Camargo participates in 2-5 PIND meetings each month and one thing we notice in the FDA minutes is that the boilerplate answer to ‘does the Agency agree this ….. is appropriate for filing under 505(b)(2)?’ keeps getting longer.  Recently, the Agency (or, at least, some divisions) is informing sponsors that they cannot use a product approved under […]
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PREA – Pediatric Plan Timing Changed by PDUFA V

The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA; also known as PDUFA V), signed into law on July 9, 2012, contains amendments to the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) that specifically detail the timing of the submission of a Pediatric Study Plan (PSP). In order to direct greater adherence to the PREA requirements before […]
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505(b)(2) Prodrug Fails Phase III Study

Development of drugs for new indications entails more risk of failure than simply changing formulations.  Just ask XenoPort, which announced May 19th that its prodrug of R-baclofen, arbaclofen placarbil,   failed to show efficacy in a Phase III clinical trial. Arbaclofen placarbil was being studied for multiple sclerosis-related spasticity. Racemic baclofen,  now generic, is indicated for treating muscle […]
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Don’t conduct unneeded tox studies

In April I presented a webinar under the auspices of the DIA concerning preclinical bridging. During this webinar, we discussed the need to fill the toxicology gaps that may have been created during the time since the original reference listed drug was approved. These gaps, I stated, has led to the unfounded belief that the […]
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Non-clinical bridging – Most 505(b)(2)’s Don’t Require Full Tox Package

I have just finished a webinar under the sponsorship of the DIA dealing with non-clinical bridging. In this post, I’d like to share one of the case studies from my presentation to illustrate what should be considered during development. The example is the development of gabapentin enacarbil by XenoPort/GSK for restless leg syndrome. Gabapentin enacarbil […]
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New PDUFA V Meeting Timelines

PDUFA V ushered in new industry and FDA commitments.  Among these are changes in meeting timelines. A significant change from PDUFA IV is the timeline for Type A meetings. Under PDUFA IV the meeting package was due 30 days in advance of the meeting.  Now, under PDUFA V, this package is due at the time of […]
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Advisory Committee Cool on Non-Steroid Hot Flash Treatments

The Camargo team got its start in the 505(b)(2) process at Duramed Pharmaceuticals with the 1990’s development and approval of Cenestin (synthetic conjugated estrogens, A).  The product was approved based on a Phase 3 clinical study demonstrating the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) due to menopause –   (known as ‘hot flashes’).  For decades, estrogens have […]
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Are 505(b)(2)’s “Super Generics” or what do we call them?

When we started Camargo almost 10 years ago, products approved under 505j were called ‘generics’ and 505(b)(1) ‘new drugs’.  We could find no consensus of a name for products approved via 505(b)(2). Of course, when Camargo started business, there had been very few 505(b)(2) products approved.  Fast forward 10 years and we have seen an explosion of 505(b)(2) products […]
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New Generic Stability Requirements

After much delay, FDA just released the new Guidance on the stability requirements to file and obtain approval of a generic drug product and API under 505j.  The new requirements bring ANDAs closer in line with NDAs and ICH.  The new requirements as summarized in the Guidance are: 1. Submit data from three pilot scale batches […]
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Court dismisses KV’s suit against FDA

Yesterday 9/6/2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed KV Pharmaceutical’s suit against the FDA.  KV had asked the Court to force FDA to stop the marketing of compounded versions of 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate cream and related imported API.  FDA countered with the argument that the Courts cannot force the FDA to take […]
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ViroPharma loses exclusivity appeal

As I wrote last week, on 4/9/12 the FDA denied ViroPharma’s request for 3-year exclusivity for its antibiotic Vancocin and approved three generics.  ViroPharma immediately sued the heads of FDA and HHS and their Agencies.  In a U.S. District Court decision, the judge denied ViroPharma’s motions to grant a  preliminary injunction to require that FDA withdraw the ANDA […]
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AB Rated 505(b)(2)’s

Can you have an “AB” rated 505(b)(2)?  Yes, as well as other Therapeutic Equivalent (TE) codes that are most often associated with the TE codes for generics in the Orange Book. Several years ago when I was speaking about the potential products that qualified under 505(b)(2) I had a line in a PowerPoint slide for […]
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KV’s Makena Part 4: Statistical versus Clinical Significance

In previous postings (Intro, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I have provided background on KV’s Makena (17a-hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection aka 17P).  The development and regulatory history contains many lessons. In this posting I’d like to examine the difference between statistical and clinical significance.  Please note that this is not meant as a rigorous statistics […]
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Patent Cliff Causes Pfizer Cuts

Yesterday (08Jun11) The Wall Street Journal reported  (subscription may be required) that Pfizer will cut an additional $1 Billion – mostly in administrative costs.  These cuts come after cuts to sales and R&D. What’s driving all of these cuts is two-fold:  loss of sales of their products to generics and failure to obtain approval for […]
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Why generic companies might like 505(b)(2)

How would you like to spend a couple of hundred thousands of dollars (or equivalent local currency) and countless months getting FDA approval and patent expiration and then face 14 competitors?  What’s the ROI for that? June 1, 2011 Donepezil Hydrochloride Tablets, Matrix Laboratories Ltd., Approval Donepezil Hydrochloride Tablets, Cipla Ltd., Approval Donepezil Hydrochloride Tablets, Wockhardt […]
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KV’s Makena: Part 3: Use of Public Information for 505(b)(2) approvals

In previous postings (Intro, Part 1, Part 2), I provided background on KV’s Makena (17a-hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection aka 17P). The development and regulatory history contains many lessons. In this posting I’d like to examine the use of public information to substitute for sponsors’ studies. By definition, the 505(b)(2) application must contain information to which the […]
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KV’s Makena® Part 1: 505(b)(1) or 505(b)2)?

In a previous posting, I provided background on KV’s Makena (17?-hydroprogesterone caproate injection aka 17P). The development and regulatory history contains many lessons. In this posting I’d like to examine the choice of regulatory route. Makena was approved under 505(b)(2) as seen from the approval letter (at this writing the approval documents are not posted […]
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KV’s Makena®: A trove of 505(b)(2) Lessons

On February 3, 2011 Hologic, Inc. (subsequently sold assets to KV Pharmaceuticals) received 505(b)(2) approval of Makena®, its 17?-hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection (17P) to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a singleton pregnancy who have a history of singleton spontaneous preterm birth. The subsequent announcement that the price would be set at $1500 […]
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User Fee Waivers: What is an Affiliate? New Guidance Issued

Under the current PDUFA regulations, a small business can request a waiver of the normal review fees for an NDA if it is the first NDA submitted by the small business. The definition of a small business is fewer than 500 employees. In determining the 500 employee limit FDA also considers the affiliates of the […]
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Approvals of ANDAs slows

I attended the 2011 Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) meeting last week. There was lots of useful information from several speakers. One area in particular stood out to me — the approvals of ANDAs are slowing and there is a growing awareness that the root cause is not just the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD). As […]
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Contrave® Rejection: The Long and the (Too) Short of it

On February 1st Orexigen(R) Therapeutics, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) announced that the FDA issued a complete response letter dated January 31, 2011 regarding the New Drug Application for Contrave® (naltrexone HCl/bupropion HCl) extended-release tablets for the treatment of obesity, including weight loss and maintenance of weight loss (http://ir.orexigen.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=207034&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1522207&highlight=). In the letter, FDA […]
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2010 505(b)(2) Approvals

We join everyone else this time of year and develop a list – ours is a list of FDA approvals made under 505(b)(2). As widely reported (WSJ article here) FDA reported that approvals were down in 2010. Frankly, it’s hard to tell what the figures are, let alone mean. The Agency sometimes includes approval of […]
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Safety Studies for 505(b)(2) Applications

The 505(b)(2) pathway is very often cost efficient and lower risk because the NDA application can reference existing preclinical and even human safety studies for the active ingredient. Most often, the excipients used are GRAS-listed. Thus, the applicant doesn’t have to conduct much additional preclinical or safety studies except where needed, such as, to support […]
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505(b)(2)s with Minimal Sponsor Studies

The power of the 505(b)(2) process is realized when the sponsor has to conduct few, if any, studies to get their drug product approved. For many drugs there is wealth of data available in the public domain. The challenge is locating the data and then preparing it for the FDA in such a way that […]
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Lannett’s Morphine Sulfate Oral Solution: 505(b)(2) or 505j?

Lannett Co., Inc. and its subsidiary Cody Laboratories manufacture Morphine Sulfate Immediate Release Concentrated Oral Solution 20mg/mL. Readers will remember that the various manufacturers of morphine solution were the first to receive FDA enforcement letters based on the Agency’s Unapproved Drugs Initiative. Roxane Laboratories filed an NDA for its product which was approved January 25, […]
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Generic Lovenox: 505j or 505(b)(2)

Today, Marwood Group Advisory Services broadcast an e-mail giving its thoughts on the approval of Momenta Pharmaceutical’s generic of Lovenox®. This is a very nice write up of the regulatory history, including the summary of the Citizen Petition filed by Sanofi- Aventis challenging such approval, but it contains a glaring error. Upon approval and an […]
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India Tightening Inspections on Raw Materials

Cheaper is not always better. The cost of drug development demands that the pharmaceutical industry review the cost of all components of the program. In doing this, often the choice of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer is driven by cost. Many of the API’s and raw materials are now coming from China. Any company […]
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Target Product Profile

Today’s blog courtesy of Lynn Gold, Ph.D. Camargo’s VP of CMC. In any project development program an understanding of the program goal is critical to finding the shortest path to the final result. Generation of a Target Product Profile early in a development program facilitates reaching the goal of a marketed drug product. It provides […]
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Manufacturing Problems for Intravenous Emulsions

Many of the drug products manufactured by Hospira, including intravenous nutritional emulsions and propofol have been on the market for years. Hospira received a warning letter on April 12th citing two of its intravenous drug product manufacturing plants in North Carolina. The sites were inspected by the FDA in April 2009, and the violations cited […]
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FDA’s Determination of Vyvanse as NME Upheld

On March 4, 2010 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia agreed that FDA was within its rights to grant Shire’s Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) NME status and thus, 5-years exclusivity. New Rivers Pharmaceuticals (NRP) was the original sponsor of the lisdexamfetamine NDA. During the 2/23/2007 approval, FDA determined that the API was a new molecular […]
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FDA’s DAARP is now DAAP, DPAP is now DPARP

Effective March 15th, the FDA’s Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Rheumatology Products is being reorganized. This reorganization is part of some other reassignments announced yesterday (3/09/2010) by the FDA. The “R” part – Rheumatology, will move to the Division of Pulmonary and Allergy Products, which will be renamed the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Rheumatology […]
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Do Not Neglect Your Third-Party Drug Substance Manufacturer

Another example of the importance CMC was reported in January. Warner Chilcott plc received a complete response letter from the FDA. The “low dose” oral contraceptive NDA was the file in question. The FDA inspection of the third-party drug substance manufacturing facility and control testing laboratory used to support the application reported outstanding deficiencies which […]
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Can and Should ANDA Labeling Differ from the RLD?

In the past two months, two appellate courts, the Fifth Circuit and the Eighth Circuit have handed down decisions which essentially state that generic pharmaceutical companies can be sued in state courts for failure-to-warn regarding serious side effects, where the generic companies had conformed their labeling to that of the current Reference Listed Drug. For […]
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Roche’s Actemra Approved For RA After Year’s Delay

John Jenkins, Office of New Drugs Director, remarked on the low rate (30 percent) of firstcycle approvals for standard review applications (‘The Pink Sheet,’ Dec. 7, 2008). He attributed the low approval rate in part to the submission of applications that require amendments, often because the original submissions were incomplete or incorrect. A recent example […]
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Once Daily Trazodone Approved

Yesterday, 2/3/10, FDA approved under 505(b)(2) Canadian-based Labopharm’s once-daily version of trazodone HCl for the treatment of depression (as of this writing, this approval is not posted on the FDA web site). The initial PDUFA date was July 18, 2009 but this was missed because FDA found issues when inspecting the API manufacturing facility — […]
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It’s Budget Time at the FDA!

In a time where there are going to be government spending caps and cuts, the Administration is proposing a 23% increase in FDA’s 2011 budget (see pages 19-21). Some of this additional money is proposed to come from new fees on food facilities ($220 million) and generic drug makers ($38 million in user application fees […]
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Could This NDA Delay Have Been Avoided?

Once a new drug application (NDA) has been accepted by the agency for filing, the PDUFA review clock starts. We all know the importance of the shortest time to market. Recently MannKind Corporation issued a press release stating that the FDA will not be able to complete the review of MannKind’s NDA for its ultra […]
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Competition for 505(b)(2) Approvals

Yesterday I presented an audioconference on 505(b)(2) candidate selection. A participant posed the following question: What if our company is developing a drug product (A) and a competitor is also developing a similar product (A’). Can both be approved? The way this would normally work at FDA is that it would approve the first product […]
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2009 505(b)(2) Approvals

2009 saw a record number of 505(b)(2) approvals. A total of thirty-three (33) 505(b)(2) NDA’s were approved by FDA in calendar 2009: 23 new formulations 1 New Molecular Entity 5 new combinations of existing drugs 4 drugs already marketed, but without an approved NDA We track approvals on this blog as they occur. Approvals that […]
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Analytical Requirements for Oral Solutions

Analytical requirements for the NDA submission of an oral solution to the FDA are very similar to those requirements for any new drug product. The analytical methods that are used for the testing of an oral solution at the NDA stage of development should be fully validated per the ICH guidelines, Q2A and Q2B, now […]
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Start Your New Year Right

Do not start the New Year off with CMC issues. Take the time to follow-up on your subcontractors before the FDA finds problems and delays submission approval. Pharmaxis Ltd. just found out the hard way that poor oversight of manufacturing and testing subcontractors will be a concern for the FDA. This concern translates into approval […]
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Getting Unapproved Drugs (DESI, etc.) Approved

FDA uses the term ‘Unapproved Drugs’ to refer to any drug that is marketed in the U.S. without FDA approval.  There are hundreds, maybe thousands of these drugs in the U.S..  We have written about the efforts of FDA to remove them from the market.  But also FDA has devoted a lot of resources to […]
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Questions and Answers On the Topic of Authorized Generics

What would be the regulatory path for an Authorized generic, in general? Authorized Generics (AG) are prescription drugs that are produced by the NDA holder and marketed under a private label, at generic prices. This circumstance typically presents itself when the NDA holder still has patent protection for the product on the market. Authorization of […]
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Generic or 505(b)(2)?

Is an opioid product that has abuse resistant characteristics but otherwise the same as the RLD a generic or 505(b)(2)? Readers will know that Camargo has been involved in many opioid-related projects. We have been to FDA’s DAARP 13 times this past year alone. What is the objective of most of these meetings? For the […]
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FDA warns P&G over use of Drug + Vitamin C

Last Thursday, 10/29/2009, FDA sent P&G a warning letter regarding Vicks DayQuil Plus Vitamin C and Vicks NyQuil Plus Vitamin C. The FDA takes the position that these two products are unapproved drugs because they combine a (OTC) drug and a dietary supplement.  The relevant passage from the FDA warning letter is: Notwithstanding your attempt to […]
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505(b)(2) Submissions: No RLD

Two weeks ago (10/14/09) I had the pleasure to present at the Drug Repositioning Summit in Boston.  I started my talk by asking the audience if a 505(b)(2) application required a Reference Listed Drug (RLD).  Most replied affirmatively. My talk was on 505(b)(2)’s without an RLD. Let’s take a look at the regulation itself: Notice that there is […]
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FDA Reaffirms 5-year Exclusivity for a Pro-drug

FDA has reaffirmed its prior assignment of 5 years exclusivity to Vyvance (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate).  When Vyvance was approved in 2007, this prodrug of dextramphetamine was given NCE status with a 5 year exclusivity.  With this exclusivity, the FDA may not accept an ANDA before the exclusivity expires unless a paragraph IV is filed, in which […]
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Preemption: New Hampshire 1, Sanity 0

On September 30, U.S. District Court (New Hampshire)  judge Joseph Laplante decided that Mutual Pharmaceutical was obligated by New Hampshire law to include warnings on its ANDA products not included on the reference listed drug’s labeling.  The judge ruled that, although the Hatch-Waxman amendment clearly stated that the the ANDA must contain the same wording as […]
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505(b)(2) For Formulation Changes

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to present at the 2009 Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference.  The theme of my talk was “The Case for Improving Existing Drugs”. There are several factors driving people to the 505(b)(2) development pathway, a couple of which are: Generic cliff.  By about 2017 there will be very […]
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Is There a Market For Your Drug?

At Camargo, we can help clients evaluate the market potential of their proposed drug product by examining factors that might influence the resulting medical position at the time of product launch.  When desired or needed for potential fund-raising, we can also perform a full marketing forecast.  One aspect of this is to look at market […]
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Codeine Sulfate: FDA continues drive to remove unapproved products, with a twist

Yesterday, October 13, FDA sent Warning Letters  to four manufacturers of Codeine Sulfate tablets, 30 and 60 mg:  Lehigh Valley Technologies, Inc., Cerovene Inc., Dava International, Inc., and Glenmark Generics, Inc., for marketing a product without an approved application.   The manufacturers have 15 days to cease manufacturing, and distributors have 180 days to cease further shipment.  […]
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Allergan sues FDA to allow off-label promotion

Late last week Allergan initiated a novel approach to avoiding FDA regulatory action on off label promotions:  a lawsuit, complete with a request for an injunction against FDA.  Specifically, Allergan alleges that because FDA prohibits promotion of off label uses for Botox, Allergan’s First Amendment right of free speech is being violated.  Allergan would like the […]
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Biosimilars – An introduction

  Related to the current frantic activity regarding health care in the US, there is a smaller struggle concerning biosimilars that in many ways mirrors the larger health care struggle. Drug products made from small molecules are regulated primarily by the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&CA) and through regulations promulgated by the FDA Center […]
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Comparability Protocols

What do you need to do when you need to change suppliers or manufacturing sites?  Among the many choices is a formal FDA Comparability Protocol.  Our VP CMC, Lynn Gold explains. Advance planning can improve the possibility of FDA accepting your proposed change. One alternative that can streamline the process of change and add clarity to the requirements […]
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DESI Presentation: Q&A

Today I conducted an audio conference entitled: FDA banning DESI Drugs-Submissions Strategies to Keep Yours on the Market.  I know, a bit aggressive, but it’s also a crowded market.  Judging from the questions, most attendees are current DESI producers looking to gain knowledge of the pathway to FDA approval.  As we have tracked in this […]
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FDA halts marketing of topical ibuprofen products

Noting that topical ibuprofen drugs are not included in any OTC monograph or the subject of any approved NDA, the FDA has issued warning letters (click hyperlink to FDA warning letter) to eight manufacturers/distributors.  This action is continuing good news to DESI producers who worry that getting an NDA may not cause FDA to remove non-NDA […]
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FDA requests melamine testing of ingredients

U. S. government officials both inside and outside of FDA have acknowledged that the Agency currently lacks the resources, both financial and human, to adequately monitor the materials going into products being used in the United States.  The answer?  In the case of the somewhat notorious contaminant melamine, the answer is to make regulated industry […]
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Colchicine Tablets Approved

Colchicine Tablets were approved by FDA on 7/29 & 7/30/09 (approval letters not yet posted as of this writing).  Two NDA’s were submitted, one for the treatment of acute gout and the other for familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). Pretty amazing and interesting for a number of reasons.  First, it is a DESI (meaning, a previously unapproved […]
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Benzyl Alcohol- NME approved under 505(b)(2)

The source of NMEs (new molecular entities) for use in 505(b)(2) drug development programs is vast.  A major benefit of an NME is the 5 year data exclusivity. Sciele Pharma recently (4/9/09) obtained 505(b)(2) approval for a 5% benzyl alcohol lotion for the treatment of head lice in patients 6 months of age and older.  Benzyl alcohol is […]
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Make the Most of Your Interactions with the FDA: FDA Meeting Requests

Any meeting with the FDA is critically important to Sponsors.  We all know that a tremendous amount of time and effort goes into planning for these meetings.  But even before this step the decision to ask for a meeting and the contents of the meeting package should be carefully considered. Typically, a meeting is requested […]
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ANDA Suitability Petition vs 505(b)(2)

I was honored to be invited to speak at the FDA-OCRA 12th Annual Educational Conference in Irvine California on June 10, 2009.  I was asked to discuss and compare the 505(b)(2) and ANDA Suitability Petition.  I thought I should share this topic with the readers of this blog. Why make the comparison between an ANDA […]
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Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting opioids

Camargo is working with several clients in developing better treatments for pain.  Unfortunately, the active substances that supress pain also can be abused.  The FDA and DEA are trying to find ways to allow access to these  medicines while imimizing the inherent risks of drug abuse. In order to properly advise clients, Camargo attends various […]
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Melphalan – New 505(b)(2) Orphan Designation

Delcath Systems Inc. announced that the FDA has granted an additional orphan designation for melphalan for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumours metastatic to the liver.  Delcath uses a proprietary system they call the Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion (PHP) System to deliver high doses of existing drugs directly to the site of the tumor.  Melphalan was first […]
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Quick-release bromocriptine mesylate approved

The FDA approved VeroScience’s Cycloset (bromocriptine mesylate) 0.8mg tablets on May 5 as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The NDA was first submitted in 1997 – before the 505(b)(2) guidance.  The API, bromocriptine mesylate was approved under NDA 017962 in 1978 as Parlodel […]
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Multiple Dosage Strength Products – CMC Considerations

Developing a product with multiple strengths?  How do you go about filing multiple strengths in an IND?  Lynn Gold, Ph.D., Camargo VP of CMC explains: How and when to draft one CMC section covering multiple drug strengths for the same dosage form? Long-term drug development goals may include multiple strengths of a drug product to support […]
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FDA Stops DESI Unapproved Rx Narcotics

Yesterday, 3/31/09, FDA sent warning letters to nine pharmaceutical companies  to stop manufacturing 14 unapproved narcotic drugs.  These drugs are unapproved because they were made without NDA or ANDA approvals, falling under the category of DESI or grandfathered drugs. Warning letters were sent to the following companies (I have listed the affected drug products for […]
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What to develop?

Not all clients come to us with product ideas.  Indeed, they want us to help identify a short list of suitable candidates.  Example companies might include technology platform companies. How do we go about helping these clients? We have a four-step process: Criteria Selection, Criteria Evaluation, Candidate Narrowing, Candidate Selection. 1. Criteria Selection.  Every company will use […]
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Use of Foreign Trial Data

No, I don’t have a  crystal ball.  Yesterday, I posted comments on the factors FDA can use to determine what foreign trial data it can use (extrapolate) to US populations and medical practice.  Today, an article entitled “Ethical and Scientific Implications of the Globalization of Clinical Research” appears in the New England Journal of Medicine […]
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Use of Data from Foreign Clinical Studies for US Approval

Two major factors drive clients to consider running trials in foreign countries – cost and recruitment.  The question we often get is: can we use the data from such trials in a US submission?   The answer is: quite possibly.  I won’t address the conduct of supporting trials in foreign countries, rather, this post addresses the conduct […]
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