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FDA introduces new standardized inspection protocols for sterile drug manufacturers to modernize and strengthen oversight

On November 9, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that the agency launched new inspection protocols for aseptic processing of sterile drugs to be used by FDA investigators during surveillance and pre-approval inspections.  The protocols were developed through the agency’s New Inspection Protocol Project (the “NIPP”), initially launched in 2014.  The NIPP is intended to

FDA and DoD strengthen collaboration for medical products with military applications that could also be expanded to the general population

On November 2, FDA and the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Office of Health Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formally establishes the framework under which the DoD and FDA will implement  Public Law 115-92, which was enacted in 2017.  The law gives the DoD new opportunities to advocate to FDA for expedited development,

12 Years Later: Court Prohibits Marketing of Prescription Versions of OTC Drug

In a big win for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the D.C. Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals reinforced FDA’s position on what constitutes a “meaningful difference” between prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) versions of a drug product.  Under FDA’s longstanding interpretation, section 503(b) of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) “does

FDA aims to harmonize its human subject protection regulations with Common Rule

On October 12, FDA published guidance for sponsors, investigators, and IRBs titled “Impact of Certain Provisions of the Revised Common Rule on FDA-Regulated Clinical Investigations.”  The guidance outlines FDA’s expectations for clinical research that is subject to both the FDA’s human subject protection regulations and DHHS’ recently revised Common Rule, which takes effect in January

FDA Shuts Down OTC Drug Manufacturer with Longstanding and Pervasive cGMP and Labeling Issues

On Tuesday, FDA announced the entry of a consent decree of permanent injunction against Keystone Laboratories, Inc. of Memphis, Tennessee for manufacturing OTC hair care and skin care products in violation of Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) requirements and for failing to include required labeling.  Under the 24-page decree, a federal court enjoined the defendants,

FDA publishes internal policy on prioritizing surveillance inspections for drug manufacturing sites

Earlier today, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., made publicly available for the first time FDA’s internal policy (MAPP 5014.1) for how drug manufacturing facilities are prioritized and scheduled for surveillance inspections.  According to the press release, in 2017, approximately 5,063 drug establishments were subject to routine surveillance inspection; out of these approximately 5,063 eligible drug

U.S. Senate passes bill requiring prescription drug ads to include prices (updated)

Update (9/18/2018): Last week, as the U.S. House of Representatives was reconciling its spending bill for the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) with the amendment package passed by the U.S. Senate that is discussed below, House Republicans declined to adopt S.Amdt. 3964, which would have provided HHS with $1 million to issue rules requiring pharmaceutical companies to list prices

House Subcommittee on Health Opens Floor for Discussion of FDA Regulation of Off-Label Speech

The House Subcommittee on Health has announced a hearing entitled “Examining Medical Product Manufacturer Communications” for Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 10:15am EDT, in which it intends to examine two discussion-draft bills seeking to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”) to clarify how drug and device manufacturers can legally discuss uses of

FDA Issues Proposed Rule to Implement Its New Authority to Destroy Drugs Valued at $2,500 or Less That Are Refused Import Into the U.S.

On May 6, 2014, FDA issued a proposed rule to implement the agency’s new administrative authority to destroy drugs valued at $2,500 or less that have been refused admission during importation into the United States1. FDA is requesting that interested parties submit comments on the proposed rule by July 7, 2014. FDA developed the proposed

FDA Suspends Sunland’s Registration; First Use of New Suspension Authority

On November 26, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suspended the food facility registration of Sunland, Inc., a producer of nuts, and nut and seed spreads. Notably, this is the first time FDA has used its registration suspension authority, which was established by Section 102(b) of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Significantly, this

FDA and OMB Sued For Failing to Meet FSMA Deadlines

FDA and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) were recently sued by two consumer advocacy groups for failing to meet several statutory rulemaking deadlines in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  In late 2011, FDA submitted four proposed rules implementing FSMA to OMB for review.  The proposed rules cover Preventive Controls

Ninth Circuit Suggests Flexibility in Type Size for Food Statements of Identity

While the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola has received attention for its holding on preemption, the decision provides interesting statements in the technical realm of the FDA’s type-size requirements for statements of identity in food labeling. The issue involved the statement of identity for Coca-Cola’s Pomegranate Blueberry Minute Maid drink, “Pomegranate