An Orange Book By Any Other Name …
One of US FDA’s most important publications ever, the Orange Book celebrates 40 years as the definitive guide to approved drug products and therapeutic equivalents. Even as the color has receded from the book itself, orange still generates appreciation from regulators and outside attorneys.
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With an eye toward addressing uncertainty as to whether patents that cover drug products’ device components or risk management elements should be listed, the agency seeks input on the need for additional clarity around the types of patents that must be submitted and the impact of any change in listing practices on drug development.
The agency wants to know if the second letter in the product equivalence ratings system is helpful and whether changes could make the information more user-friendly.