FDA Urges Full Participation In Quality Metrics Program
Despite the voluntary nature of US FDA’s program, an agency official urges full participation. Without data from such participation, FDA will not be able to predict drug shortages and industry will not see the benefits of reduced inspections and streamlined change control.
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High projected cost and low perceived benefit merits further dialogue on US FDA's quality metrics initiative, industry coalition says. One group might tap into Trump administration's anti-regulatory view in advising budget office that compliance could cost industry $1bn per year. Groups question whether initiative could wind up causing drug shortages instead of preventing them.
US FDA will establish mandatory quality metrics reporting through a formal rulemaking process that could take years. Meanwhile, a revised draft guidance lays out plans for voluntary quality metrics reporting that could begin by January 2018.