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Mayne Pharma Group Limited and Actavis Laboratories UT, Inc.; Withdrawal of Approval of Abbreviated New Drug Applications for Fentanyl Transdermal Systems

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is withdrawing the approval of abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) 077062 for the fentanyl transdermal system held by Mayne Pharma Group Ltd. (Mayne) and ANDA 076709 for the fentanyl transdermal system held by Actavis Laboratories UT, Inc. (Actavis), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. (Teva). These drug products are both transdermal systems designed with a liquid reservoir. Mayne and Actavis have both requested withdrawal of their respective applications and have waived their opportunity for a hearing.


Approval is withdrawn as of November 18, 2019.

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Bronwen Blass, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-3600.

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On August 20, 2007, FDA approved Actavis South Atlantic LLC Inc.'s (Actavis South) ANDA 077062, and Watson Pharmaceuticals' (Watson) ANDA 076709 for fentanyl transdermal systems with liquid reservoirs. Both ANDAs 077062 and 076709 are indicated for use in the management of pain in opioid-tolerant patients, severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Both ANDAs 077062 and 076709 fentanyl transdermal systems were approved for the following strengths: 25 micrograms (mcg)/hour (hr), 50 mcg/hr, 75 mcg/hr, and 100 mcg/hr.

ANDA 077062, previously held by Actavis South, is now held by Mayne [1] and ANDA 076709 is now held by Actavis as an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Teva.[2] However, after ANDAs 077062 and 076709 were approved, FDA became aware of new information related to problems with the manufacturing, design, and quality control of fentanyl transdermal systems with a liquid reservoir design, leading to potential leakage, unintended opioid exposure, and potentially life-threatening adverse events.

In June 2019, Mayne requested withdrawal of ANDA 077062 under § 314.150(d) (21 CFR 314.150(d)) and waived its opportunity for a hearing, and in July 2019, Actavis requested withdrawal of ANDA 076709 under § 314.150(d) and waived its opportunity for a hearing. In its letter requesting withdrawal of approval, Actavis stated that it voluntarily discontinued manufacture and sale of products under ANDA 076709 in 2018 for commercial reasons and has agreed to withdrawal of the application for those reasons only.

For the reasons discussed above, and pursuant to Mayne's and Actavis' requests, approval of ANDAs 077062 and 076709, and all amendments and supplements thereto, is withdrawn under §  314.150(d).

Distribution of Mayne's fentanyl transdermal system (25 mcg/hr, 50 mcg/hr, 75 mcg/hr, and 100 mcg/hr) or Actavis's fentanyl transdermal system (25 mcg/hr, 50 mcg/hr, 75 mcg/hr, and 100 mcg/hr) into interstate commerce without an approved application is illegal and subject to regulatory action (see sections 505(a) and 301(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355(a) and 331(d)).

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Dated: November 12, 2019.

Lowell J. Schiller,

Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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1.  At the time of original approval, ANDA 077062 was held by Actavis South. In 2012, Actavis South divested ANDA 077062 to Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. In 2017, Par Pharmaceutical, Inc., divested ANDA 077062 to Mayne.

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2.  At the time of original approval, ANDA 076709 was held by Watson. In 2015, Watson became a wholly owned subsidiary of Actavis, and thus, the application transferred to Actavis. In 2017, Actavis became an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Teva. Thus, ANDA 076709 is currently held by Actavis as a subsidiary of Teva.

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[FR Doc. 2019-24922 Filed 11-15-19; 8:45 am]