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Electronic Submissions Update: End of FDA Paper Submissions Looms and What It Means

Electronic Submissions Update: the end of paper submissions looms closer, and requirements for Standardized Study Data go into effect: What that means for industry Under section 745A(a) of the FD&C Act, no earlier than 24 months after FDA issued the final guidance on December 2014, “Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format – Submissions Under Section […]
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Importing Investigational Pharmaceuticals to the U.S.? Changes Are Coming

Importing Investigational Pharmaceuticals to the U.S.? Changes Are Coming The United States government is making ongoing, concerted efforts to improve the importation process for many products, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices. It’s important to stay on top of the new importation changes and their effect on business. Foreign biotech, device manufacturers, API producers, and pharmaceutical […]
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Drug Repositioning: Bringing New Life to Shelved Assets and Existing Drugs

Drug repositioning, also known as drug reprofiling or repurposing, has become an increasingly important part of the drug development process. This book examines the business, technical, scientific, and operational challenges and opportunities that drug repositioning offers. Readers will learn how to perform the latest experimental and computational methods that support drug repositioning, and detailed case […]
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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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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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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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Top Generic CEO’s confirm importance of 505(b)(2) in their company’s financial future

Development stage companies are seeing more opportunities to license their products to generic companies.  Recently, generic company CEOs reinforced the importance of 505(b)(2)-developed products to their financial future. The 2014 Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) annual meeting concluded this pastweek in Orlando.  This is the largest gathering of C-level executives from the generic industry.  Camargo has exhibited and I […]
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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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Expensive, cheap, value? CMO costs.

Contract manufacturing organization (CMO) A bids $600,000.  CMO B bids $450,000.  Which bid is cheaper? Assume for the moment that both CMOs provide equal service parameters: skill, capacity, timelines, regulatory history, experience, etc. and we are judging both based only on price. No, this is a not trick question.  But the result is not obvious. Even with a detailed […]
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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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Orphan Designation Granted Letter

Camargo is privileged to work with many clients to develop Orphan drugs.  In order to obtain an Orphan drug approval the sponsor must first request that the drug and indication be granted orphan-drug designation.  This process requires research into both the indication and the potential population.  If the FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development agrees, […]
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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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2012 505(b)(2) Approvals – Record Year

Nice going!  2012 saw a record number of 505(b)(2) drugs approved – 47.  As is usual at this time of the year, I have prepared a listing of all of the approvals. This year, I have made the listing more useful – the table is now sortable and now contains a hyperlink to both the […]
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Suit to challenge use of REMS to block generics and 505(b)(2)

Innovators have used REMS to block generic and 505(b)(2) developers from gaining access to the reference listed drugs (RLD), effectively blocking their development.  The 2012 Congress failed to pass legislation to force innovators to provide access to the RLD’s.  FDA believes it has no authority to assist.  In fact, FDA refuses to reveal if the […]
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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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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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Drug Development Planned Like the Titanic

How many drug development companies leave it up to the CRO or CMO to design or execute their studies or formulation/manufacturing without oversight?   Like those who boarded the Titantic 100 years ago, they seem to trust the mantra that their contractor’s work is unsinkable.  MAP Pharmaceuticals seemed to do just that – the approval of their […]
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NIH Head Urges Repositioning/Repurposing

In a speech at yesterday’s 2012 TEDMED conference, the head of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, said  that there is a big gap between basic research and drugs for patients.  To bridge this gap he suggested ‘some of those old drugs could be re-purposed — or taught new tricks’ – hey, that’s our tag line! […]
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Generic vs. 505(b)(2) Failure-to-Warn Liability

A recent editorial (may need subscription) in the New York Times opined that a recent Supreme Court decision – a “bizarre outcome” – “makes it virtually impossible to sue generic manufacturers for failing to provide adequate warning of a prescription drug’s dangers.”   The court case the Times is referring to is Pliva Inc. v. Mensing .   In […]
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2011 505(b)(2) Approvals Now Exceed 505(b)(1) NDA Approvals

What a year for 505(b)(2) drug development!  In 2011 FDA approved 44 505(b)(2) NDA submissions.  Various authors have reported that FDA approved 34 or 35 drugs in 2011 (505(b)(1) NDA + BLA).  I had speculated a couple of years ago that perhaps 80% of new drugs approved  in 2012 would be 505(b)(2)’s, based on botha  […]
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What is an Approved DESI Product?

I am hesitant to contribute more information about so-called DESI drugs at the risk of further confusion.  My goal is always to provide clarity, so here goes. Fundamental to any discussion about DESI products is the definition of a drug product.  Let’s just focus on one part of the definition – the labeling.  A drug […]
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Stability Changes coming to ANDAs

This post comes from D.C. where I am attending the GPhA Fall Technical Conference.  We just completed a presentation by FDA’s Glen Smith.  He  detailed the proposed new stability requirements for ANDA drug products.  It is essentially the adoption of ICH Q1A.  For readers of this blog, we know that 505(b(2) NDA’s must have 12 months […]
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Don’t launch unapproved products after 9/19/2011

I had a call from a client who wondered if he could launch a new ‘DESI’ product. He had just read the FDA’s recent announcement that it would take immediate enforcement action on any unapproved drug introduced into the market after September 19, 2011. So, the question he asked was, is his “DESI” drug an […]
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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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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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Ophthalmics: 21 CFR 314 94(a)(9)(iv) no longer applies

Who would have guessed that 21 CFR 314.94(a)(9)(iv) no longer applies to ophthalmics?  You wouldn’t generally have expected it to just be cancelled – normally FDA must go through notice and comment, but apparently the FDA can make a regulation disappear by decree. 21 CFR 314(a)(9)(iv) states: (iv)Inactive ingredient changes permitted in drug products intended […]
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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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Revised Safety Reporting for BE/BA Studies Effective March 28, 2011

On September 29, 2010 FDA published a Final Rule revising the requirements for safety reporting for INDs and other BE/BA studies. At the same time FDA issued an accompanying draft guidance to assist in interpreting the new rule. The Final Rule, revising 21 CFR §§ 312.32, 312.64 and 320.31, becomes effective March 28, 2011. The […]
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What is the Pediatric Drug Development Approach for Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs?

As part of the PDUFA V reauthorization discussions, the FDA and industry are talking about better approaches to rare disease drug development and orphan drugs. Public interests and Congress have mandated that FDA develop new guidances on the required studies needed for NDA approval. In these discussions, participants refer to the “pediatric drug development approach” […]
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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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Injectables: 505j or 505(b)(2)?

Generic injectable drug products are treated differently than other routes of administration when it comes to permitted differences from the RLD. For most dosage forms, the sponsor is allowed to change excipients as long as the test product is bioequivalent to the RLD. No so for injectables, the excipients must be the same. If the […]
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REMS for 505(b)(2) products?

Camargo has been involved in the development of several opioids and is often contacted by new sponsors to develop alternate formulations. One question often brought up is: does a 505(b)(2) approved opioid require a REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies — for more information on REMS see a previous posting)? The short answer is: of […]
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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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PDUFA Fee Waiver: Plan Ahead

For an original NDA, whether it is a 505(b)(1) or 505(b)(2), there is a PDUFA fee to be paid at the time of the submission of the application or the FDA will refuse to file it. For a small business ( a company of less than 500 employees) the fee can be waived for its […]
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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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Company Officials Personally Liable

As part of what appears to be an increasingly aggressive enforcement stance, there have recently been a number of statements coming from FDA in several settings suggesting that an increase in the number of prosecutions of senior corporate individuals is imminent. In the past, FDA and the Department of Justice have initiated a fair number […]
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When is an IND required?

Most of us know that a BA/BE study of a generic can be done without an IND (the exception, called a Bio-IND, is when the drug being studied is cytotoxic or a radioactive labeled drug). In 505(b)(2) drug development we often are studying the BA/BE of a test drug versus an RLD as part of […]
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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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FDA Places Hold on all ANDA PAS & CBE Reviews

In a blog posting earlier this year, we discussed the then median 26 month ANDA approval time and how it was getting longer. We now know that the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) currently has over 3000 ANDA post-approval supplements (PAS) waiting for action, of which 1500 have been pending for over 6 months. In […]
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Failed 505(b)(2)?: Vivus™ Qnexa

I am often asked about 505(b)(2) drug development failures. After all, 505(b)(2) is a regulatory pathway that is chosen because it is lower cost and has lower risk than a 505(b)(1). The lower risk is attributable to the reliance on the known safety and efficacy of the reference drug product. Indeed, one of the strategies […]
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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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New User Fees for 2011

FDA announced the new PDUFA user fees for fiscal year 2011 (starts October 1, 2010). The fee for a full application containing clinical data is $1,542,000.   For a supplement or an NDA not requiring clinical data, the fee is $771,000. A clinical study is generally Phase 2 or Phase 3, so a 505(b)(2) approved based […]
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Still submitting paper ANDA applications?

Experience that shows electronic filing of NDA’s, IND’s and ANDA’s helps speed up the review and approval of these applications. Perhaps because of the software cost and extensive training needed some companies still submit paper applications. Effective today, August 1, 2010, the address to submit the paper ANDA is: Office of Generic Drugs (HFD—600) Center […]
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What should a license cost?

Many drug development projects stem from licensing an invention or product. Agreeing on the cost of the license is critical to the licensee to assure that the project is economically feasible. The licensor is interested in maximizing the value of the invention. How do you arrive at the terms? One handy source to learn how […]
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Advisory Committee Meeting: Rosiglitazone

The media is crazed with interpretations of the FDA and GSK briefing materials for the Advisory Committee meeting this week regarding the safety of Avandia (rosiglitazone). For those readers who’d like to read the original documents themselves, here are the links.   July 13—14, 2010: Joint Meeting of the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee […]
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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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Labeling for Abuse-Deterrent Drugs

This past Tuesday (6/8/2010), we participated in a DIA-sponsored webinar entitled Understanding the Development and Label Allowances for 505(b)(2) Abuse-Deterrent Products. Joining me, Ruth Stevens our CSO and Cindy Phurrough, our Clinical Operations head, was Dr. Lynn Webster, Chief Medical Officer of Lifetree Clinical Research and Pain Clinic. Ruth reviewed the regulatory background, the types […]
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Pro-Drug Denied

I am frequently asked if 505(b)(2) projects fail or whether any NDA submissions are rejected. My answer is that the vast majority succeeds and are eventually approved. Those that fail more often are due to money or design issues, not execution risks. Today I discuss an example of a failure based, in large part, on […]
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505(b)(2) Product Gains Revenue with FDA Actions Against DESI’s

Eurand reported improved financial performance for the 1st quarter of 2010. CEO Gearoid Faherty indicated the majority of the revenue gains could be attributed to Zenpep®, Eurand’s delayed-release pancreatic insufficiency drug. Zenpep was approved in August 2009. The FDA has recently clamped down on unapproved pancreatic enzymes that have been on the market for years. […]
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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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CMC Issues Again

Several previous blogs have discussed the importance of maintaining quality oversight of a contract facility to the drug development timeline. Below is an example of a generic manufacturer with problems maintaining quality oversight of its own multiple sites. Apotex, the Canadian generic manufacturer received a CMC based warning letter on March 29th. This recent warning […]
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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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505(b)(2): Repositioning, Repurposing or What?

Last week I made a presentation at the Society of Biomolecular Sciences (SBS) 2010 Annual Meeting in Phoenix (due to the Iceland volcano eruption, many participants are still there).  The occasion was the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Special Interest Group for Repositioning Drugs (see the announcement of this new SIG). Dr. Chris Lipinsky […]
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Biosimilars or Biodissimilars?

On March 19 and 20th the University of Washington School of Pharmacy hosted “The Biosimilars Conference”. This conference prompted some interesting discussions. A good background of the current legal status and issues around biosimilars can be found in the September 30th blog “Biosimilars; an Introduction”. When talking about biologics it is important to remember that […]
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505(b)(2) Approvals

I have seen various postings and articles on the number of 505(b)(2) approvals.  The numbers do not always agree.  Why don’t they agree?  Many people look only at the approval letter.  The FDA will always indicate that the NDA was submitted as a 505(b).  But the Agency will not always indicate whether it is under (b)(1) […]
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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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Exalgo Approved

Exalgo, hydromorphone extended release tablet was approved March 1, 2010. I waited a couple of days to see if it was approved under 505(b)(1) or 505(b)(2). At this writing, we don’t know. We have previously detailed in this blog the regulatory approval saga for this drug. When we last heard, FDA had told CombinatoRx/Covidien/Alza (clinical […]
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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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Pediatric Assessments in Drug Development: Timing in Europe vs. US

As we have noted in this blog on several occasions, under the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA) (21 U.S.C. 355c), 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 […]
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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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505(b)(2) NDA Preparation Process

Camargo is fully prepared to create, submit and manage the review of an NDA, either 505(b)(1) or 505(b)(2). Generally, we submit the NDA electronically, so we’re submitting an eCTD. 1. An individualized secure shared website for Camargo and the Client’s project is created for document control. A folder structure is set up according to the […]
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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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505(b)(2) Approval Standards – Referenced Studies

Awareness of current FDA and its Division standards is important when preparing a new submission. A basic premise for a 505(b)(2) submission to the Agency is that the application contains full reports of investigations of safety and effectiveness but where at least some of the information required for approval comes from studies not conducted by […]
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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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505(b)(2) – Giving Thanks

No turkey, no Black Friday specials, just a thank you note. Little did we know that in 1984 Congress would provide for a regulatory pathway that would provide such a cornucopia of beneficial products that we see under development today. US consumers should give thanks for the role drugs play in improving health and extending lives, […]
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EXAL-still-GO-ing

At first, Monday’s (11/16/09) news from CombinatoRx said that the FDA had told the company “that the NDA in its current form would not be sufficient to form the basis for approval of Exalgoâ„¢ under Section 505(b)(1)”. Then, on Friday (11/20/09), the company said that the FDA had extended the PDUFA review date by 3 […]
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Qutenza: Approval of a “DESI-inspired” Drug

This week, NeurogesX, Inc. announced the FDA 505(b)(2) approval of Qutenza(TM), its 8% capsaicin patch, for management of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) – the nerve pain that can follow an attack of shingles. While not strictly speaking a DESI product, Qutenza can be considered “DESI-inspired,” because it is a first Rx approval for an active ingredient […]
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FDA Refuse to File: Merck Zetia & Pfizer Lipitor

Merck disclosed that FDA refused to file its 505(b)(2) NDA for the combination of Pfizer’s Lipitor (atorvastatin) with Zetia (ezetimibe).  According to Merck’s disclosure, the FDA reason for he refusal is: The FDA has identified additional manufacturing and stability data that are needed and the Company is assessing the FDA’s response in order to determine […]
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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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Reference Listed Drugs (RLDs):Can More Than One Be Used?

Recently we considered the case of a 505(b)(2) NDA without an RLD.  So let’s ask if  a 505(b)(2) NDA have more than one RLD? In a word, the answer is “yes”! When using the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway, Sponsors may rely on the Agency’s previous findings of safety and/or efficacy of an already approved product which […]
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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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