When History Has Its Eyes On You: Opill Vote Puts US FDA In Tough Spot
A unanimous US FDA advisory committee vote in favor of a landmark decision to make oral contraceptives available without a prescription should be history in the making. But the desire to make history – rather than address FDA’s significant concerns with the actual application for Perrigo’s Opill – seems to have carried the day.
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The US FDA took three high profile applications to an external advisory committee meeting during the week of 8 May – and offered a very skeptical read on the approvability of each. All three won positive votes from the committees, in no small part thanks to the messages delivered during the Open Public Hearings.
First OTC Oral Contraceptive Has Advisory Panel’s Unanimous Support Despite FDA’s Data Concerns
FDA officials again made clear concerns about “improbable dosing” data in HRA’s sNDA for 0.075-mg norgestrel tablet branded Opill before advisory panel voted at close of a two-day meeting conducted 60 years after first Rx oral contraceptive approved in US.
FDA May Ask HRA For Another OTC Birth Control Actual Use Study Due To ‘Improbable Dosing’
With “improbable dosing in approximately 1/3 of participants” in HRA actual use study, FDA asks advisory committees to recommend design changes if it asks firm for another study. FDA asked HRA to explain discrepancies after it began reviewing the firm’s sNDA submitted in June 2022.