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FDA pledges to improve quality of compounded drugs

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on 3 April 2019 detailing its priorities for improving the quality of compounded drugs in 2019.

Health Canada issues draft guidance on generics labelling and equivalence

Canada’s federal department responsible for health, Health Canada, has issued two new draft guidance documents for public consultation as part of the agency’s effort to clarify the eligibility criteria for its abbreviated new drug submission (ANDS) pathway for generics.

FDA proposes update to biosimilar naming guideline

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a new draft guidance document concerning non-proprietary name suffixes for biological products.

Brazilian guidelines for follow-on biological products

Last update: 15 March 2019

The regulatory body for approval of medicines in Brazil is the Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA), which was created by Law 9782, enacted in 1999. ANVISA is responsible, under the authority of the Ministry of Health–Mínistério de Saúde–of the Brazilian Government, for drug registration and licences to pharmaceutical laboratories and to other companies inside the pharmaceutical production flow. The agency is also responsible for establishing regulations applicable to clinical trials and drug pricing, which is carried out by the Chamber of Drug Market Regulation.

FDA plans to advance development of complex generics in 2019

In a statement released on 30 January 2019, US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlined the steps FDA will take in 2019 to promote access to complex generic medicines.

FDA issues new guidance for accelerated pathway for generics

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 15 February 2019 that it had issued new guidance for its novel accelerated pathway for generics – the Competitive Generic Therapies (CGT) pathway.

ICH proposes harmonization of standards for generics

As part of its efforts on harmonizing guidelines around the world the International Conference for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) has released a reflection paper on the scientific and technical standards for generics.

FDA to improve Orange Book: issues draft guidance on marketing status

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to enhance the utility of the Orange Book to foster drug competition.

European SPC waivers come closer to becoming a reality

A European committee has voted in favour of waivers for Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs)

FDA issues draft guidance on tentatively approved ANDAs

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance to assist applicants in preparing and submitting amendments to tentatively approved abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs), including requests for final approval.

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