Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FDA Releases Proposed Guidance On Combination Products

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This Federal Register notice announces the FDA release of a proposed rule on combination products, Current Good Manufacturing Practice
Requirements for Combination Products (pdf)
. According to the FDA Law Blog post, FDA Issues Proposed Rule on cGMPs for Combination Products:

The proposed rule does not independently establish new requirements, rather, it clarifies which set of existing cGMP regulatory requirements apply when drugs, devices, and biological products are combined to create a combination product.
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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Series About Wine And Your Heart

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I ran across this information packed and thought provoking series about wine and your heart. It consists of 3 parts:

Ellen Mack, M.D., M.P.H., the author, says:

The first two parts (see Part 1 &Part 2) of the series Wine and your Heart examined some of the vast epidemiological and scientific evidence that moderate consumption of wine is associated with decreased cardiac mortality. Is this information being put to good use?

For me, this all means, drink a little to be healthy. Cheers!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Upton Sinclair Belated Birthday - Inspired FDA Creation

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Happy Birthday, Upton Sinclair, Muckraking Journalist and Author of "The Jungle"

He was born on September 20, 1878.

Among his notable accomplishments, according to the article above:
. . . nothing Sinclair wrote ever eclipsed the fame of his exposé, “The Jungle.” The 1906 novel was intended to spotlight dangerous and unfair working conditions in turn-of-the-century meat factories. Instead, it inspired a generation of vegetarians and a host of new food safety regulations, including one that ultimately led to the creation of the Food and Drug Administration(FDA).

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Monday, September 21, 2009

FDA Offers Warning Letter Close-Out Letter Program

According to the FDA's announcement, Warning Letter Close-Out Letter Program, the FDA may issue a Warning Letter close-out letter ("close-out letter") once the Agency has completed an evaluation of corrective actions undertaken by a firm in response to a Warning Letter. A close-out letter may issue when, based on FDA’s evaluation, the firm has taken corrective action to address the violations contained in the Warning Letter. This procedure applies to Warning Letters issued on or after September 1, 2009.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

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According to Mesothelioma Awareness Day Observed September 26 , "on September 26, 2009 those affected by the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma and volunteers worldwide will help call attention to the rare cancer on national Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the non-profit organization that started the day in 2005, expects the day to be the most successful awareness day for the cancer since it was organized four years ago."

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Free FDA IND Education For Small Business on Oct 15 2009

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Small Business Assistance, is announcing a public workshop on the Investigational New Drug Process, CDER's Small Business Assistance Educational Forum: The Investigational New Drug Process.

Date: October 15, 2009
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Send the registration form to CDERSmallBusiness@fda.hhs.gov.
For more information contact Ron Wilson at 301-796-3177 or Brenda Stodart at 301-796-3102.

There is no registration fee
Space is limited to 225 participants.
The FDA appreciates advance notice of cancellations or replacements.
Registration on the day of the event may be possible on a space availability basis.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

FDA Says You Only Have 15 Days To Respond To Form 483

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According to this PharmTech article, FDA Begins Enforcing Deadlines on Form 483 Responses, you have only 15 days to respond to a form 483.

Be aware, this article states:

Now, however, FDA “will not ordinarily delay the issuance of a warning
letter in order to review a response to an FDA 483 that is received more than 15 business days after the FDA 483 was issued,” according to an announcement in the Federal Register.


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Saturday, September 12, 2009

New HIV Antibodies Hold Promise For Vaccines

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Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute report promising findings in their research report, Broad and Potent Neutralizing Antibodies from an African Donor Reveal a New HIV-1 Vaccine Target. According to this LA Times news article, Antibodies found that prevent HIV from causing severe AIDS, this means that they have isolated two so-called broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that can block the action of many strains of HIV, the virus responsible for AIDS.

Other bNAbs against HIV have been discovered before, but PG9 and PG16 are the first to be isolated in over 10 years from donors in developing countries, where most new HIV infections occur. Also, the previously identified bNAbs bind to spots on the virus that are hard to target with vaccines. These new antibodies, which are more potent than other antibodies described to date while maintaining great breadth, attach to a novel, and potentially more accessible site on HIV to facilitate vaccine design.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

FDA Updates Warning Letters Web Page

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reorganized and updated the warning letters page in the Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations section of the FDA Web site. The changes on the Web page are as follows:

  • Every Tuesday, the most recently issued warning letters now will be presented under Recently Posted with the date posted.
  • Effective Sept. 1, the Close Out Date is now provided in the Warning Letters table and detailed information about the Warning Letters Close Out Program is provided.
  • Additional changes include formatting and improved page navigation to help users understand what searching and browsing options are available.

The “Warning Letters” page can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/default.htm. The FDA will continue to look for ways to improve the “Warning Letters” webpage in the future.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

30 FDA GMP Compliance Tips

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I stumbled across this and thought you might make use of it too, 30 tips to bring you closer to GMP compliance - 30 common sense ways to avoid making the most frequent GMP errors.

This is a well-written piece and reminder for the most basic and most important things to remember. It's a quick checklist of things you should already be doing.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tobacco Will Kill Millions Next Year

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This is a really sobering statistic, as reported in this MSNBC news article, Tobacco to kill 6 million next year, report says - 1 in 10 deaths globally is due to tobacco use, American Cancer Society says. The news article highlights key findings.

I was particularly drawn to the interactive report found on the web, The Tobacco Atlas.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Food Industry Ramifications of the FDA Cheerios Warning Letter

Sarah Sunday writes this excellent legal opinion explaining the background and ramifications of the FDA's warning letter to the makers of Cheerios, Is FDA Warning Letter An Ominous Signal To Food Industry? This is all about the FDA objecting to the statement that Cheerios can lower cholesterol levels.

In a nutshell, she says:

"FDA's Warning Letter is a slap on the wrist in terms of the potential regulatory consequences. However, the letter could have a significant legitimizing effect on the pending California lawsuit, and in that way, could have costly implications for both General Mills and the food industry as a whole."

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