Room For Innovative Switches Could Lurk In Existing FDA Framework
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
When firms suggest submitting switch NDAs for “something that would be worth engaging on, we’re not going to tell you no,” says FDA nonprescription drug program chief Theresa Michele.
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CDER Office of New Drugs changes its organization including establishing Office of Nonprescription Drugs and splitting the office into Division of Nonprescription Drug Products I and DNDP II. A Division of Regulatory Operations for Nonprescription Drugs will be comprised of regulatory staff from the ONPD divisions and will report to OND’s regulatory office. Non-clinical ONPD staff will report to the office director.
Commissioner Hamburg says FDA asked for input on a “new paradigm” for nonprescription drug approvals in part because pharmaceutical firms have concerns about whether potential access restrictions imposed on an innovating switch would also apply to generic versions that eventually reach the market.
The questions FDA poses for a March 22-23 hearing indicate the agency is delving into greater detail than in its previous discussions of alternative routes to access pharmaceutical treatments. FDA says decisions would be made case by case, but refers to treating conditions including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines and asthma.