FDA Grand Rounds: Bioequivalence of Complex Topical Generics: In Vitro & In Vivo
October 8, 2020
The FDA Grand Rounds is webcast every other month to highlight cutting-edge research underway across the agency and its impact on protecting and advancing public health. Each session features an FDA scientist presenting on a key public health challenge and how FDA is applying science to its regulatory activities.
This presentation will summarize a series of FDA-coordinated, GDUFA-funded research studies that were part of a strategic multi-year, multi-million dollar research program to develop new, more efficient approaches by which to evaluate bioequivalence (BE) for topical generics. These studies characterized solution, gel, ointment, lotion and cream topical products containing a range of drugs including acyclovir, metronidazole, nystatin, triamcinolone acetonide, lidocaine, prilocaine, and diclofenac. Frequently, BE assessments with the same set of products were conducted in vitro and in vivo, under matched conditions. In vitro studies included physical and structural (Q3) product characterizations as well as in vitro release (IVRT) and in vitro permeation test (IVPT) studies. In vivo BE studies utilized pharmacokinetic endpoints (e.g., dermal microdialysis) or clinical endpoints. Collectively, the results of this research have established a remarkably clear, consistent, and substantial body of evidence supporting the utility of sensitive and efficient in vitro BE methods for topical products as an alternative to (or in support of) an in vivo BE assessment. Based upon this research program, revolutionary new paradigms have been developed to establish topical BE more efficiently via in vitro BE and cutaneous PK approaches, which can be more accurate, sensitive and reproducible than traditional BE approaches for topical products. These advances have enabled FDA to be responsive to numerous product development communications with prospective generic drug applicants, through controlled correspondences, Pre-ANDA meeting requests, product-specific guidances, and internal consultations with review divisions which have directly supported the review (and approval) of ANDAs submitted to the FDA involving novel BE approaches.
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- Kwa MC, Tegtmeyer K, Welty LJ, Raney, SG, Luke, MC, Xu S, Kong B. The relationship between the number of available therapeutic options and government payer (medicare part D) spending on topical drug products. Arch Dermatological Res. 2020;312(8):559-565. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00403-020-02042-9
- Raney, SG. Developing New Ways to Evaluate Bioequivalence for Topical Drugs. FDA Website Impact Story. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/regulatory-science-action/impact-story-developing-new-ways-evaluate-bioequ ivalence-topical-drugs
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- Discuss the research conducted at the FDA
- Explain how FDA science impacts public health
- Describe the criteria that should be satisfied for a complex generic topical product to be considered bioequivalent and therapeutically equivalent to a brand name reference product.
- Explain why it was historically challenging to develop topical generics and discuss the relationship between the limited availability of topical generics and extraordinary increases in prices for topical products.
- Appraise the comprehensive body of evidence indicating that in vitro methods are sensitive and discriminating, and that they can correlate with and be predictive of in vivo bioequivalence.
This activity is intended for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other scientists within the agency external scientific communities.
Lecture 1 October 8, 2020
|12:00 - 1:00 PM||Bioequivalence of Complex Topical Generics: In Vitro & In Vivo||Sameersingh Raney, M.S., Ph.D.|
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- Raney, Sameersingh, M.S., Ph.D., Lead for Topical and Transdermal Drug Products, United States Food and Drug Administration - nothing to disclose
- Dinatale, Miriam, Team Leader, Food and Drug Administration - nothing to disclose
- Pfundt, Tiffany, PharmD, Pharmacist, FDA - nothing to disclose
- Thomas, Devin, LCDR, MPH, CHES, Health Promotions Specialist, FDA/OC/OCS/OSPD - nothing to disclose
- Wheelock, Leslie, RN, MS, RN, Director, OSPD, FDA, OC, OCS, OSPD - nothing to disclose
CE Consultation and Accreditation Team
- Bryant, Traci, M.A.T., CE Consultant, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
- Zawalick, Karen, CE Team Leader, FDA/CDER/OEP/DLOD - nothing to disclose
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