Tuesday, 23 October 2018

FDA - Labeling for Biosimilar Products

FDA has issued a new guidance document ‘Labeling for Biosimilar Products’.

FDA - Labeling for Biosimilar Products. The goal of a biosimilar product development program is to demonstrate biosimilarity between the proposed product and the reference product — not to independently establish safety and effectiveness of the proposed product. A demonstration of biosimilarity means, among other things, that FDA has determined that there are no clinically meaningful differences between the proposed product and the reference product in terms of safety, purity, and potency.

The introduction to the report reads:

“This guidance is intended to help applicants develop draft labeling for proposed biosimilar products for submission in an application under section 351(k) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) (42 U.S.C. 262(k)). The recommendations for prescription drug labeling in this guidance pertain only to the prescribing information (commonly referred to as the package insert), except for certain recommendations in section V pertaining to FDA-approved patient labeling (e.g., Patient Information, Medication Guide, and Instructions for Use).2 This guidance does not provide specific labeling recommendations for interchangeable products (see section VIII of this guidance). In general, FDA’s guidance documents do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe the Agency’s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in Agency guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.”

See: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/UCM493439.pdf

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle, Pharmaceutical Microbiology

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