FDA Issues Guidance on Drug Compounding

February 17, 2015
Pharmaceutical Technology Editors

The agency releases five draft guidance documents related to drug compounding and repackaging.

 

FDA has issued five draft guidance documents proposing policies in regards to drug compounding and repackaging. FDA oversees drugs produced by state-licensed pharmacies, federal facilities, and outsourcing facilities. The following guidance documents are a part of FDA series on drug compounding:

Draft Guidance: For Entities Considering Whether to Register As Outsourcing Facilities under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act provides information to a company that is considering registering with FDA as an outsourcing facility under the law with information about the regulatory impact of registering. The guidance explains, for example, that a facility engaged in only certain activities, including repackaging human drugs and compounding non-sterile drugs, should not register as an outsourcing facility because its drug products will not qualify for the exemptions provided in section 503B, including the exemption from the new drug approval requirements. 

Draft Guidance for Industry: Repackaging of Certain Human Drug Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities describes the conditions under which FDA does not intend to take action for certain violations of the law when state-licensed pharmacies, federal facilities, or outsourcing facilities repackage certain drug products. According to FDA, “repackaging generally involves taking a finished drug product from the container in which it was distributed by the original manufacturer and placing it into a different container. Repackaged drug products are generally not exempt from any of the provisions of the FD&C Act related to the production of drugs, and the compounding provisions of the FD&C Act do not address repackaging.”

Draft Guidance for Industry: Mixing, Diluting, or Repackaging Biological Products Outside the Scope of an Approved Biologics License Application (BLA) outlines which conditions FDA will not take action for violations of certain sections of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) and the FD&C Act when state-licensed pharmacies, federal facilities, or outsourcing facilities mix, dilute, or repackage specific biological products without an approved BLA, or when such facilities or physicians prepare prescription sets of allergenic extracts (used to treat allergies) without an approved BLA. According to FDA, “a biological product that is mixed, diluted, or repackaged outside the scope of an approved BLA is an unlicensed biological product under section 351 of the PHS Act and may not be legally marketed without an approved BLA. Additionally, the compounding provisions of the FD&C Act do not address biological products subject to licensure under section 351 of the PHS Act.” 

Draft Guidance for Industry: Adverse Event Reporting for Outsourcing Facilities under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Actexplains adverse event reporting for outsourcing facilities.

describes the responsibilities of a state that chooses to sign the MOU in investigating and responding to complaints related to compounded human drug products distributed outside the state, and in addressing the interstate distribution of ‘inordinate amounts’ of compounded human drug products.

Public comment on the draft guidance documents is open for 90 days. Comment on the draft MOU between the states and FDA is open for 120 days.

Source: FDA.gov