Latest Steps In FDA Homeopathy Policy Overhaul Prompt Trade Group Questions
A revised draft introduces list of risk-based enforcement priorities but doesn't necessarily tighten FDA oversight of homeopathics manufacturing and marketing, say CHPA and AIH.
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Appropriations Committee’s report with Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies FY2021 budget bill also reiterated concern about adding acetaminophen dosing information for children to OTC monograph. But its mentions of FDA initiative to expand ingredients available OTC and homeopathic market oversight were firsts.
Examples of unfinished business from 2019 include no legislation passed to reform OTC monograph program; FDA putting off until May the planned publication of an NPRM to allow firms to submit OTC NDAs with extra-label information to help guide consumers' self-selection; and no OTC naloxone for opioid overdose approved even after FDA's unprecedented step of developing model DFLs sponsors could use for their own label comprehension studies.
Revised draft guidance identifies types of homeopathics posing "higher risks to public health." FDA withdraws 1988 compliance policy guide that allows homeopathic to be available even though they are not subject to pre-market approval or other review process agency imposes on all other drugs.