FDA Plans To Publish 'Novel' OTC Switch NPRM In May 2020
Agency list in HHS Unified Agenda also states intent to publish before end of 2019 an NPRM to add the common cold indication to certain OTC monograph antihistamine ingredients. Nonbinding timelines also included for NPRM on clarifying regarding when studies to evaluate drug uses of products marketed as foods, supplements or cosmetics are subject to IND reviews.
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Responding to Sen. Roger Marshall’s question on rulemaking to accelerate OTC switches by allowing NDA sponsors to use extra-label information to guide consumers through self-selection of a drug, Robert Califf said he’d support making progress on a proposal FDA began considering in 2012 in its NSURE initiative.
For first time rules for novel switches and OTC hearings aids are parts of “significant regulatory actions” in agency’s plans. Information is added in Unified Agenda items explaining likely benefits and costs from the changes.
FDA approved sNDAs from GlaxoSmithKline for diclofenac-containing Voltaren Arthritis Pain for the temporary relief of arthritis pain and from Alcon for Pataday olopatadine drops at 0.2% concentration for once-daily use temporary relief of itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair or dander and 0.1% for twice-daily use for the same indications plus redness relief.