EMA Drug Post-Marketing Safety Surveillance Changes, US Impact and Compliance Assistance

On November 22, 2017, EMA launches a “new and improved” version of EudraVigilance (analogous to FDA Medwatch program). The result will be a total transition in the way that Individual case safety reports (ICSRs) are tracked and reported throughout Europe. ICSRs will be reported to the EudraVigilance database in the E2B(R3) format, replacing the E2B(R2)…

FDA OTC Monograph Changes Coming: User Fees, Pre-submission Meetings and Electronic Submissions

FDA User Fees for Reliance on the FDA OTC Monographs? Although not included in FDARA, there is a reasonable possibility the proposed Over-the-Counter Monograph User Fee Program (OMUFA) will still become law. Assuming passage, Over-the-Counter (OTC) User Fees and electronic submissions will be required and sponsors will have the opportunity to engage in pre-submission meetings…

When to Change Prescription Drug Labeling

When to Change Drug Labeling?

You don’t have to be a drug labeling consultant to realize that a case series of serious events in the literature, FDA safety alert, FDA labeling change notification letter, or other new safety information should prompt a review of drug product labeling (aka package insert). That is not what this paper is about. This paper…

Pharmaceutical Consultant’s Update on Smoking Cessation and Generic Drug Safety Surveillance

As pharmaceutical consultants with a long history of work in smoking cessation and safety surveillance, PDG® is monitoring two pending proposed rules with great interest. The first is entitled Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; Regulations…

New Pregnancy Drug Labeling Rules Take Effect (white paper)

New pregnancy labeling rules for prescription drugs took effect, June 30, 2015, marking the demise of the pregnancy categories (A, B, C, D, X), in use since 1979. The new rule ushers in what is expected to be an unprecedented era of inclusion regarding descriptive risk and benefit information. According to FDA, “a narrative structure…

Proposed Generic Drug Labeling “CBE” Rule Turned on its “EAR”?

Changes Being Effected (CBE) As pharmaceutical consultants, PDG has reported extensively on FDA’s Proposed Rule entitled Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products. We even gave it our own abbreviated name: the “Generic CBE Rule”. We did so because the rule as originally proposed would allow generic manufacturers to implement safety…

US Pharmaceutical Consultant on India’s Pharmaceutical Industry and the Decline of the Patent Cliff

India’s Pharma Industry Faces Unprecedented Challenges  India’s pharmaceutical industry has grown at record levels in recent years but now faces unprecedented challenges as the number of blockbuster drugs scheduled to go off patent begins to decline. As Indian pharma has expanded ANDA filings in line with the patent expiration cycles over the last decade, the…

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…