PDG: A Pharmaceutical Consultant on Drug Reformulations

PDG: A Pharmaceutical Consultant on Drug Reformulation

As a pharmaceutical consultant, PDG understands that today’s drug manufacturers rely upon reformulation to prolong product lifecycles, protect against generic competition, supplement dwindling pipelines and otherwise differentiate/repurpose existing drug products. Indeed, novel formulations and drug delivery-based product development strategies have the potential of yielding higher returns on investment than comparable repositioning strategies. The Value of…

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Rx-to-OTC Switches Represent Huge Market Potential

Rx-to-OTC switches and the related repositioning of pharmaceutical products from prescription (Rx) dispensing to the retail (over-the-counter or OTC) drug space represent huge market potential. A Strong Domestic OTC Market The U.S. market for OTCs more than doubled between 2007 and 2013 growing from $16 billion to $33 billion. [1] By the beginning of 2014,…

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Orphan Drugs – Opportunities and Issues

Orphan Drugs – Opportunities & Issues

Orphan Drugs Offer Revenue and Profit Upside Many have speculated that the era of the blockbuster drug has ended. Indeed, 2014 marked the 6th year of a patent cliff in which a majority of U.S. blockbusters fell to generic competition. [1] Patent cliff notwithstanding, of the 43 global blockbusters on the market in 2012, 18…

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505(b)(2) NDAs

Combination Drug Development and Five Year New Chemical Entity (NCE) Exclusivity

FDA recently announced that Fixed-Combination Drugs (FCD) comprised of at least one NCE will be eligible for 5 years of exclusivity. [1] FDA explained that it has revised its interpretation of the term “drug” for the purpose of exclusivity eligibility from “drug product” to “drug substance”. Therefore, the 5-year NCE exclusivity determination will apply to…

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Investigational New Drug Application (IND)/Special Protocol Assessment (SPA)

FDA Delays Publication of Generic Drug CBE Rule Until Fall 2015

In a move that was not entirely unexpected, FDA delayed publication of a rule proposed last year that would allow generic drug sponsors to update safety warnings using the changes being effected (CBE) process. While the comment period had earlier been extended, there was no corresponding extension in the scheduled publication date of December 2014.…

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RAPS Reports Generic Drug Industry Threatens FDA With Lawsuit Over Drug Labeling Proposal

PDG™ is a pharmaceutical consultant serving drug sponsors around the world. On July 28, 2014, PDG™ published a chronology of events related to FDA’s proposed rule that would allow generics to use the CBE process to update their labeling with new safety information. Subsequently, RAPS Regulatory Focus (Alexander Gaffney, RAC, October 7, 2014) reported that…

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AB Rating 505b2 NDA Generic

FDA Grants AB Rating to 505b2 NDA Generic

FDA recently granted a therapeutic equivalence (TE) rating of AB to a “generic” version of an innovator product approved via a 505b2 NDA.  In July 2014, FDA granted the AB rating to Perrigo’s 1% testosterone gel drug product (NDA 203098) approved in January 2013, and a BX rating to Teva’s (NDA 202763) approved in February 2012. …

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Generic Pharmacovigilance/Safety Surveillance and CBEs

Generic Pharmacovigilance/Safety Surveillance & CBEs

As pharmaceutical consultants, PDG devotes considerable resources to both brand & generic drug safety surveillance and labeling issues.  As such, we have followed with great interest the proposed rule entitled “Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products.”  For ease of reference, we’re going to begin to refer to it as the…

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