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FDA issues final guidance on pharmacology labelling

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 2 December 2016 published final guidance for completing the clinical pharmacology section of labelling for human prescription drugs, which includes originator drugs, generics and biologicals.

FDA releases 67 new and revised bioequivalence guidelines for generics

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide product specific guidance for generics makers the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has again released a whole host of new bioequivalence documents. The agency announced on 1 October 2016 that it had released 34 new draft guidance documents and 33 revisions to guidance documents on bioequivalence requirements for the development of generics containing 59 different active ingredients.

FDA issues guidance on self-identification for generics makers

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on 22 September 2016 that it had published a guidance document clarifying its expectations on self-identification for generics makers.

Regulations for biosimilars in South Korea

The legislative basis for the regulation of biosimilars and its guideline for evaluation of biosimilars in South Korea was established in 2009 [1, 2].

Naming requirements in Australian biosimilars guidance

Australia’s drug regulatory agency, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), published specific guidance for biosimilars on its website on 30 July 2013. Included in this guidance is a section on naming conventions for biosimilars.

Australia issues new biosimilars guidance

Australia’s regulatory body, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) published specific guidance for biosimilars on its website on 30 July 2013.

Development and regulation of biosimilars in Japan

In Japan, a biosimilar product is defined as a biotechnological drug product developed by a different company that is comparable to the approved biotechnology-derived product (reference product) of an innovator company [1, 2].

South Korean guidelines for biosimilars

Last update:  10 April 2015

The regulatory body for approval of medicines in South Korea is the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), formerly the Korean Food and Drug Administration. The agency, through its Biopharmaceuticals and Herbal Medicines Bureau, is responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the South Korea.

ACR asked for guidelines on biosimilar substitution

At the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) latest meeting on Biosimilar User Fee Act Reauthorization (BsUFA II), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) asked FDA to create guidelines for biosimilar substitution.

Japanese guidelines for biosimilars

Last update: 21 October 2016

The Ministry for Health Labour and Welfare (MHLW) is the regulatory body in Japan responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in Japan and makes the decision on approval of drugs, including biologicals.

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