REGULATORY ARTICLES

  • FDA Inspections: Are Changes On The Horizon?

    A year into the pandemic, the FDA is still conducting only limited inspections in the U.S. and evidence has emerged of a significant inspection backlog that could compromise the safety and quality of the U.S. drug supply. Kalah Auchincloss of Greenleaf Health provides a brief timeline of inspection-related events over the last year, discusses the impact, and examines the changes that we might expect as the FDA begins to shift back to normal operations.

  • FDA’s 2021 Focus Areas Of Regulatory Science: 5 Trends To Watch

    The FDA recognized that a new approach was required to keep pace with the rapid evolution of science and technology driving drug development, and it released the report Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA: Focus Areas of Regulatory Science (FARS) early in 2021 to identify and communicate areas requiring continued targeted investment. These five key elements deserve our attention.

  • A Look Ahead: US FDA And Medical Device Regulations In 2021

    Now that we are in 2021, what big developments can we expect from FDA in general and with regard to medical devices in particular? This article explores some of the FDA initiatives and activities worth following this year. 

  • Regulatory, Legislative Actions Set The Tone For Biosimilars In 2021

    This article focuses on regulatory and legislative actions in 2020 that may impact the burgeoning biosimilars space in 2021 and beyond. In particular, the authors revisit the implications of the March 23, 2020 transition date, as well as FDA’s efforts to address biosimilar competition, interchangeability, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Achieving Business Continuity In Pharma During COVID-19 Restrictions

    To ensure business continuity during COVID-19 restrictions, we developed a virtual factory acceptance testing solution that allowed SaudiVax to advance their manufacturing plan.

  • FDA Steps Up Support For Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

    In its latest move to encourage the broader adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies, the FDA has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that combines the strength of FDA’s regulatory expertise and NIST’s globally recognized precision characterization and standards. The MOU is significant because it takes the next step in providing much-needed guidance and resources to the industry.

  • FDA’s COVID-19 PREPP Initiative Summary Report — Key Takeaways For Manufacturers

    Published in January 2021, the FDA COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PREPP) Initiative Summary Report is the culmination of work performed by the FDA’s PREPP Initiative, which launched in April 2020 to examine lessons learned from the agency’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This article provides a brief overview of the report’s overarching themes and highlights key regulatory insights for manufacturers in light of two action areas in particular.

  • The BPCIA And Declaratory Judgment: The Real Dance Partners?

    In theory, the initial exchange process in the first phase of litigation is intended to whittle down the number of patents and initiate resolution of any disputes during FDA review of the aBLA. However, despite its high-minded objectives, litigation under the BPCIA has proven less harmonious than planned. 

  • With Release Of New Guidance Document, FDA Launches Safer Technologies Program for Medical Devices

    The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) released the Safer Technologies Program for Medical Devices (STeP) Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff on January 6, 2021, with plans to begin accepting applications for STeP beginning March 8, 2021. Is this a good fit for your medical device or device-led combination product?

  • 10 Most-Cited MHRA GMP Inspection Deficiencies By Annex/Chapter

    In Part 1 of this two-part article, we evaluated the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s GMP inspection data for 2019 and addressed the critical and major deficiencies. In this part, we take the 10 chapters and annexes with the highest numbers of deficiencies and do a deeper dive into the specifics of each.