February 07, 2018
The agency’s scientific evidence on the presence of opioid compounds in kratom, underscoring its potential for abuse
Over the past several months, there have been many questions raised about the botanical substance known as kratom. Our concerns related to this product, and the actions we’ve taken, are rooted in sound science and are in the interest of protecting public health. However, we recognize that there is still much that is unknown about kratom, which is why we’ve taken some significant steps to advance the scientific understanding of this product and how it works in the body
The recent National Toxicology Program draft report on radiofrequency energy exposure
One part of the Food and Drug Administration’s mission is to ensure the safety of electronic products that emit radiation, like televisions and cell phones. These types of products are part of Americans’ daily life and we take our duty to protect consumers with the utmost gravity. With cell phones, we have relied extensively on a myriad of scientific evidence developed over many years to help inform our regulatory thinking.
Ongoing efforts to mitigate impact of saline shortages during this flu season
As flu activity remains widespread across the U.S., the FDA continues to monitor this situation closely and in coordination with our colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We’re continuing to take steps to help ensure that people with the flu have access to critical medical products, including antivirals, saline and other supportive care drugs and devices.
New steps to help prevent new addiction, curb abuse and overdose related to opioid products
The issue of opioid misuse and abuse remains one of my highest priorities and we believe it’s going to take carefully developed, sustained, and coordinated action by everyone involved to reduce the tide of opioid addiction and death afflicting our communities; while maintaining appropriate prescribing for patients in medical need. We recognize both the urgency and complexity of this crisis and are taking several steps today toward these goals.
FDA, USDA announce formal agreement to bolster coordination and collaboration
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced at the White House today a formal agreement aimed at making the oversight of food more efficient and effective by bolstering coordination between the two agencies. The formal agreement outlines efforts to increase interagency collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness on produce safety and biotechnology activities, while providing clarity to manufacturers
FDA’s strengthened commitments to humane and judicious animal research and the termination of a nicotine study
The FDA has a deep commitment to ensuring the responsible and humane care of animals when research involving animals is needed to fulfill the agency’s public health mission. The FDA also is fully committed to complying with the rules and guidance governing animal research.
FDA, FTC warn companies for selling illegal, unapproved opioid cessation products using deceptive claims
FDA and FTC take action against companies illegally marketing unapproved products with claims to help with opioid addiction and withdrawal
- Fluorescein Strips (New - Currently in Shortage)
- Remifentanil (Ultiva) Lyophilized Powder for Solution Injection (New - Currently in Shortage)
- Saquinavir Mesylate (Invirase) 200mg Capsules (New - Discontinuation)
- Simvastatin (Zocor) Tablets (New - Discontinuation)
- Simvastatin Tablets (New - Discontinuation)
- Sodium Chloride 0.9% Injection Bags (New - Currently in Shortage)
PRODUCT APPROVALS & CLEARANCES
FDA approves new treatment for certain digestive tract cancers
The FDA approved Lutathera (lutetium Lu 177 dotatate) for the treatment of a type of cancer that affects the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract called gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). This is the first time a radioactive drug, or radiopharmaceutical, has been approved for the treatment of GEP-NETs. Lutathera is indicated for adult patients with somatostatin receptor-positive GEP-NETs.
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Pentax Medical Duodenoscope Model ED-3490TK: Updated Design and Labeling Cleared
Pentax issued an Urgent Medical Device Correction and Removal notification informing customers of its voluntary recall of all ED-3490TK duodenoscopes in order to replace the forceps elevator mechanism, O-ring seal and distal end cap, and to update the Operation Manual to recommend annual maintenance.
FDA limits packaging for anti-diarrhea medicine Loperamide (Imodium) to encourage safe use
To foster safe use of the over-the counter (OTC) anti-diarrhea drug loperamide, FDA is working with manufacturers to use blister packs or other single dose packaging and to limit the number of doses in a package.
Flawless Beauty, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Unapproved Drugs
In accordance with a Consent Decree of Permanent Injunction ordered in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Flawless Beauty, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of nineteen different products sold individually or as part of multi-unit kits alleged by the FDA to be misbranded or unapproved new drugs pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
Break Ventures/California Basics Recalls "Zero For Him" 150ct Lot#1710-638 Because of Possible Health Risk
Break Ventures/California Basics is recalling its Dietary Supplement “Zero for Him 150ct” Lot#1710-638 (the “Product”) because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Basic Drugs Brand of Senna Laxative by Magno-Humphries Laboratories: Recall- Mislabeling
Magno-Humphries Laboratories, Inc., is voluntarily recalling one lot of Basic Drugs Brand of Senna Laxative tablets, 8.6mg Sennosides to the consumer level due to a customer complaint that their bottle labeled as Senna Laxative actually contained Basic Drugs Brand of Naproxen Sodium 220mg. Naproxen Sodium 220mg tablet is used as a pain reliever and is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Primus Announces a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots Within Expiry of Prescription Medical Food Limbrel® Due to Rare But Serious and Reversible Adverse Events While Seeking FDA's Cooperation to Restore Access for Patients with Medical Necessity
Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of Limbrel products to the patient (user/consumer) level at FDA's request. FDA has requested a recall of Limbrel due to rare but serious and reversible side effects associated with Limbrel
Kareway Products, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Gericare Eye Wash due to Complaints Received on Potential Product Contamination which Compromises Sterility
Kareway Products, Inc is voluntarily recalling 60,000 units of Gericare Eye Wash, Sterile Eye Irrigation Solution, 4 fluid ounces to the hospital, retail or consumer level. The product has been found to have potential microbial contamination which compromises sterility.
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Joint Meeting of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee Meeting (Feb 14)
The committees will be asked to discuss new drug application (NDA) 209257, proposed tradename, HYDEXOR, a fixed-dose combination oral tablet, submitted by Charleston Laboratories, Inc., that contains hydrocodone, acetaminophen, and promethazine, for the short-term management of acute pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic while preventing and reducing opioid-induced nausea and vomiting. The committees will also be asked to discuss the abuse potential of this non-abuse-deterrent product and whether it should be approved.
Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee Meeting (Feb 14-15)
The committee will discuss supplemental new drug application (sNDA) 022496/S-009, for EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposomal injectable suspension), submitted by Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to produce local analgesia and as a nerve block to produce regional analgesia.
FDA-AACR-ASTRO Regulatory Science and Policy Workshop - Clinical Development of Drug-radiotherapy Combinations (Feb 22-23)
There is great interest among clinicians as well as regulatory authorities to address the lack of drug development for products intended specifically for use with radiation therapy. Emerging from the enthusiasm and momentum of a session at the AACR-sponsored Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop (May 3-5, 2017, Bethesda, Maryland), this two-day workshop will bring together regulatory agencies, industry, and academia to discuss the challenges in greater depth and come up with a path forward.
Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee Meeting (Mar 1)
The committee will discuss, make recommendations, and advise FDA regarding the evaluation of clinical study data to support the safety and effectiveness of intracranial aneurysm treatment devices and factors that can affect clinical outcomes such as aneurysm morphology, size, and location in the neurovasculature. FDA is also convening this committee to seek expert opinion on the scientific and clinical considerations relating to the clinical trial design that may be relevant to the determination of safety and effectiveness for these devices.
IASLC-FDA Lung Cancer Neoadjuvant Meeting (Mar 1-2)
This initial meeting between the FDA, the IASLC, industry and investigators is designed to facilitate discussions regarding the standardization of endpoints in neoadjuvant lung cancer trials and to discuss how said endpoints can be validated by comparing novel endpoints to established time to event endpoints.
Risk Communication Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement (Mar 5)
The committee will discuss the impact of pregnancy and lactation labeling information in prescription drug and biological products as modified under the Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Rule.
Gastrointestinal Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting (Mar 8)
The committee will discuss supplemental new drug application (sNDA) 203214, supplement 18, XELJANZ (tofacitinib) 5 mg and 10 mg tablets, submitted by Pfizer Inc., proposed for the treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis who have demonstrated an inadequate response, loss of response or intolerance to corticosteroids, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine or tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor therapy.
Oncology Center of Excellence Listening Session; Public Meeting (Mar 15)
The purpose of the public meeting and the docket for comments is for stakeholders to provide recommendations to the Agency regarding FDA's OCE. Specifically, the Agency solicits comments regarding what stakeholders desire of the OCE in terms of structure, function, regulatory purview, and activity.
Pediatric Advisory Committee and Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting Announcement (Mar 22)
Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee (EMDAC) will meet to discuss the major objectives of a phase 3 drug development program indicated for the treatment of children with achondroplasia (ACH) submitted by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
Pediatric Advisory Committee Meeting (Mar 23)
Committee will meet to discuss pediatric-focused safety reviews, as mandated by the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act and the Pediatric Research Equity Act of 2003. The Pediatric Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the following products: Center for Drug Evaluation and Research: BANZEL, INTUNIV, LEXAPRO
Center for Devices and Radiological Health: FLOURISH (HDE), ACTIVA (HDE), LIPOSORBER (HDE), IMPELLA RP SYSTEM (HDE)
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