Note: This is Part 1 in a series of blog posts on developments from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regarding its commitments set forth under the Prescription Drug Under Fee Act Reauthorization Performance Goals and Clinical Trial Diversity and Modernization mandates established by Congress under the Food and Drug Omnibus Reform Act of 2022 (FDORA), including developments on the intersection and use of digital health technology in clinical trials and clinical trial diversity.

The Food and Drug Omnibus Reform Act of 2022 (FDORA) signed by President Biden on December 29, 2022, introduced significant changes to the way in which FDA will provide oversight for clinical trials as it pertains to “Clinical Trial Diversity and Modernization.” Under FDORA, among other things, FDA is required to issue guidance on decentralized clinical trials (which is a clinical trial in which some or all trial-related activities occur at a location separate from the investigator’s location) and to provide clarification on the use of digital health technologies (DHTs) in clinical trials.

Prior to the passage of FDORA, FDA set its sights on DHTs in the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) VII Commitment Letter, acknowledging the increased use of DHTs in drug development and the need for appropriate internal expertise and external guidance for their use and evaluation.Continue Reading New Opportunities, New Challenges: FDA Elaborates on use of Digital Health in Drug and Biological Product Development

On May 10, 2022, FDA published draft guidance entitled, “Benefit-Risk Considerations for Product Quality Assessments”, which describes the benefit-risk principles applied by FDA when conducting product quality-related assessments of chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC) information submitted for FDA’s review as part of original new drug applications (NDAs), original biologics license applications (BLAs), or supplements to such applications.

In the draft guidance, FDA reiterates its risk-based regulatory approach and applies it in the product quality assessment context.  Specifically, the draft guidance states that FDA continues to identify potential risks to product quality associated with the formulation, manufacturing process, and packaging components when conducting a product quality assessment as well as the proposed control strategy for mitigating those risks.Continue Reading FDA issues draft guidance for use in product quality assessments

On August 28, 2015 the federal Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued two important policies regarding naming biological products, including biosimilars. First, FDA released a notice announcing the availability of draft guidance entitled “Nonproprietary Naming of Biological Products.” The draft guidance highlights FDA’s current thinking on the need for biological products licensed under the Public

On September 5, 2014, the FDA is holding a public meeting at the Washington Plaza Hotel, in Washington DC, to discuss current scientific and regulatory approaches to biomarker development, acceptance, and utility in the development of therapeutic products (e.g., drugs and biologics). Specifically, FDA will focus on (1) identifying challenges for biomarker applications in early-

A new draft guidance document on formal meetings between the FDA and biosimilar biological sponsors is now available from FDA. The draft guidance provides recommendations to industry on formal meetings between FDA and sponsors or applicants relating to the development and review of biosimilar biological products. Further, the draft guidance assists sponsors and applicants in

In recent weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a number of new draft and final guidance documents on a range of issues, including financial disclosure by clinical investigators, medical device recalls, prescription drug labeling, and medical devices for pediatric uses. Highlights include the following:

FDA has issued a final rule on the current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements applicable to combination products. The rule clarifies which CGMP requirements apply when drugs, devices, and biological products are combined to create combination products. For certain types of combination products the application of CGMP requirements is straightforward – the constituent parts

FDA has issued a new draft guidance document entitled “Submissions for Postapproval Modifications to a Combination Product Approved Under a BLA, NDA, or PMA.” The document provides guidance to industry and FDA staff on the underlying principles to determine the type of marketing submission that may be required for postapproval changes to a

This post was written by Erin A. Janssen.

On May 3, 2012 the FDA issued its final rule on sterility testing, amending the requirements for most licensed biological products effective June 4, 2012.  The rule is intended to promote improvement and innovation in the development of sterility test methods by allowing manufacturers the

This post was written by Erin Janssen.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a notice announcing that it will conduct a review of its 2004 ‘‘Bar Code Final Rule,” which requires certain human drug products and biological products to have a bar code. The rule was intended to help reduce the

This post was written by Erin Janssen.

On October 31, 2011, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the FDA to take action to help further prevent and reduce prescription drug shortages, protect consumers, and prevent price gouging. The President’s order directs FDA to broaden reporting of potential shortages of certain prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule on October 19, 2011 that would amend the 1992 Orphan Drug Regulations that implement the Orphan Drug Act. The amendments proposed are “intended to assist sponsors who are seeking and who have obtained orphan drug designation of their drugs, as well as FDA in

This post was written by Erin Janssen and Areta Kupchyk. 

On October 12, 2011 the FDA announced the availability of guidance for the industry entitled “Warnings and Precautions, Contraindications, and Boxed Warning Sections of Labeling for Human Prescription Drug and Biological Products–Content and Format.” This guidance is intended to assist applicants and reviewers in drafting

This post was written by Erin Janssen and Areta Kupchyk.

On September 23, 2011, FDA released guidance entitled “Reproductive and Developmental Toxicities–Integrating Study Results to Assess Concerns.” The guidance describes an approach to estimating possible human developmental or reproductive risks associated with drug or biological product exposure when a finding of toxicity has

This post was written by Erin A. Janssen.

On June 21, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a proposed rule that would amend current sterility test requirements for biological products to provide manufacturers with greater flexibility and to encourage use of the most appropriate and state-of-the-art test methods for assuring the safety of

This post was written by Paul Sheives.

FDA has issued a final guidance document entitled “Process Validation: General Principles and Practices,” which replaces FDA’s 1987 “Guideline on General Principles of Process Validation.” The guidance is intended to outline the general principles and appropriate elements of process validation for the manufacture of human and

This post was written by Paul Sheives and Areta Kupchyk.

The FDA and CMS have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), effective June 25, 2010, to promote collaboration and enhance knowledge and efficiency by sharing information and expertise. In particular, the MOU highlights the agencies’ “common needs for evaluating the safety, efficacy,

This post was written by Paul Sheives. FDA will hold a 2-day public meeting on July 27 and 28, 2010 to address the development and implementation of risk evaluation and mitigation strategies (REMS) for drugs and biological products. The purpose of the meeting is to seek public input on various concerns that stakeholders have raised