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FDA labeling changes target Rx misuse

FDA labeling changes target Rx misuse

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Citing dangers from combined use, the Food and Drug Administration is requiring classwide changes to labeling for opioid analgesics, prescription opioid cough products and benzodiazepines, a group of central nervous system depressant drugs. The FDA said Wednesday that the changes mandate boxed warnings — the agency’s strongest warning — and patient

Walgreens to partake in Precision Medicine program

Walgreens to partake in Precision Medicine program

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens plans to participate in the U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, part of a sweeping federal medical research initiative to help develop individualized care based on a person’s genomic makeup. Walgreens said it’s taking part in the PMI Cohort Program via an initial $20 million grant awarded to The Scripps Research

Galderma cleared to market Differin Gel OTC

Galderma cleared to market Differin Gel OTC

FORT WORTH, Texas — Galderma Laboratories L.P. has gained Food and Drug Administration approval for Differin Gel, an over-the-counter treatment for acne. Galderma said Friday that Differin Gel (adapalene gel 0.1%) is the first and only OTC acne product with a full prescription-strength retinoid, and the product represents the first new, FDA-approved active ingredient to

FDA pushes back generic drug labeling rule

FDA pushes back generic drug labeling rule

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is again postponing the release of a final rule that would change generic drug labeling requirements. In a Federal Register notice this week, the FDA indicated that it aims to implement the final rule in April 2017, though many industry stakeholders had expected the agency to do so

FDA approves Inflectra, the second U.S. biosimilar

FDA approves Inflectra, the second U.S. biosimilar

WASHINGTON — Just over a year after approving its first biosimilar product, the Food and Drug Administration has approved its second, Celltrion’s Inflectra (biosimilar infliximab). Inflectra is a biosimilar to Janssen Biotech’s Remicade (infliximab), originally licensed in 1998. Inflectra is indicated for reducing signs and symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, adult ulcerative colitis, plaque

Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner

Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Dr. Robert Califf as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Califf, who was deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, was nominated as FDA commissioner by President Barack Obama in mid-September. No significant opposition was expected for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, as the Senate voted 89-4

FDA creates Office of Dietary Supplement Programs

FDA creates Office of Dietary Supplement Programs

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has established the Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP), raising the program from its previous status as a division under the Office of Nutrition Labeling and Dietary Supplements. The FDA said Monday that it’s also in the process of identifying permanent leadership for ODSP. Meanwhile, Bob Durkin will

FDA takes action against trans fat in food

FDA takes action against trans fat in food

WASHINGTON — To eliminate trans fat in processed foods, the Food and Drug Administration has called on food manufacturers to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from products over the next three years. The FDA said Tuesday that, following “a thorough review of the scientific evidence,” it has concluded that PHOs — the primary dietary source

Reports: FDA commissioner Hamburg to step down

Margaret Hamburg WASHINGTON — Margaret Hamburg reportedly is stepping down as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Published reports said Thursday that the 59-year-old Hamburg is slated to leave the FDA commissioner post at the end of March and that the Obama administration plans to make a formal announcement on Friday. Plans call for

HDMA lauds FDA drug tracing guidelines

WASHINGTON — The Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) is praising the Food and Drug Administration for its flexibility pertaining to new product tracing rules, specifically on the FDA’s recently released guidance titled “Product Tracing Requirements — Compliance Policy.” The association had sent letters to the regulatory agency in November and then again last month in

Sandoz biosimilar receives backing of FDA panel

WASHINGTON — A Food and Drug Administration panel has recommended that the agency approve what could become the country’s first biosimilar. The panel unanimously urged approval of Sandoz’s filgrastin (Neupogen), a cancer treatment. “This encouraging step forward means that it is very likely now only a question of when, rather than if, filgrastin will be available