Pharmaceutical Development Group Pharmaceutical Consultants and Drug Development Strategists


Pharmaceutical Development Group (PDG®) is a pharmaceutical regulatory consultant for submissions to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including approvals and post-marketing issues.

The company’s in-depth knowledge of the science, regulatory affairs, commercial concerns, review processes and interactions with the FDA spans a variety of dosage forms and therapeutic areas.

FDA regulatory consultant for pharmaceutical development

PDG’s drug development expertise includes new chemical entities, 505(b)(2) products, drug efficacy study implementation (DESI) and grandfathered drug products, generics, prescription and nonprescription, both new drug application (NDA) and over-the-counter (OTC) monograph. PDG possesses the resources and experience to address large scale development projects, long-term regulatory strategies and complex non-clinical and clinical issues.

The company is acutely aware of the commercial hurdles faced by drug companies and has a keen sense for knowing which development projects might work and the ones that will not. PDG’s drug development input is backed by years of industry experience.

R&D, drug candidate selection, and early stage proof-of-concept pharmaceutical development services

Introducing new drug products to the US market in the current regulatory environment is a complex undertaking that can be both lengthy and expensive. However, much of the cost and effort required to bring a drug product to market may be eliminated through the employment of strategic development principles at the front end.

PDG will help you identify the earliest point in the drug development process where the evidence suggests a reasonable likelihood for success, as well as an absence of key causes of failure. Critical to the effort is the company’s integrated review of crucial areas such as safety, efficacy, pharmacologic, commercial and FDA regulatory concerns.

Meetings and ongoing interface with FDA (pre-IND, end of Phase II, Pre-NDA meetings)

Despite the availability of guidance meant to assist sponsors, FDA meetings can be intimidating and unproductive. As such, many sponsors fail to get the most benefit from them. Successful FDA meetings will help you avoid costly delays, secure FDA’s opinions and buy-in on your project and contribute to a solid relationship with FDA. The Pre-IND Meeting is a relatively low-cost and strategic early determinant of the critical path for your product’s development.

Such meetings can help identify and resolve early development issues encountered specifically in the areas of toxicology, pharmacology and formulation/CMC. Meeting with FDA staff contributes to prevention of clinical holds and provides useful information in the compilation and submission of an IND. In short, strategically planned and professionally facilitated Pre-IND Meetings increase the chances for success of your development program.

Sourcing vendors and suppliers for CMOs, CROs, API suppliers, clinical and non-clinical laboratories

Years of service to the pharmaceutical industry has taught PDG that supplier / vendor selection, audit, qualification, contract negotiation, and oversight are critical to a successful drug development program. PDG routinely helps its clients develop these important resources including clinical research organizations (CRO), contract manufacturing organizations (CMO), active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) & component suppliers, clinical and non-clinical laboratories.

The company also maintains oversight and relationships with such third-party organizations to ensure their adherence to sponsor protocols, schedules, budgets, good clinical practices (GCP), good laboratory practices (GLP), and good manufacturing practices (GMP) as applicable.

Comprehensive management of NDAs, including 505(b)(1), 505(b)(2), 505(j), supplemental NDAs

Dr Blume and PDG personnel have been engaged in more than 150 NDA and ANDA applications for a range of new and generic drugs, in addition to numerous nonprescription projects. However, PDG’s responsibilities do not end with submission assignments, but continue through post-approval strategies in support of safety and compliance.

These responsibilities include periodic reporting (PADERs/PSURs), post-marketing safety surveillance, literature reviews and signal detection, as well as currency of professional labeling, patient labeling, Medication Guides (REMs) and promotional labeling.

PDG helps develop strategies for optimizing drug safety, leveraging its professional experience as a pharmaceutical and FDA regulatory consultant. Clients are guided through the development of commercial and clinical strategies to optimize safety and ROI throughout their drug product’s lifecycle.

PDG provides assistance to clients from the initial idea presentation to the FDA, covering areas that include:

  • Pre-IND / pre-NDA / end of phase II meetings
  • IND / special protocol assessment (SPA)
  • First-in-human through Phase IV studies
  • NDA compilation and submission, including all CTD sections
  • Supplemental NDAs
  • Ongoing NDA maintenance / FDA interactions
  • Nonprescription concerns:
    – Citizen petitions
    – Formulation changes
    – NDA deviations

Consultants for sudden and unexpected drug regulatory challenges

Imagine the value of continuous access to the resources necessary to complete tasks that are out of the ordinary, unexpected, or you just don’t have time for. Unexpected events such as recalls, FDA audits, or newly proposed FDA regulations may demand immediate attention and expertise.

PDG maintains readiness to address such challenges. PDG provides a wide variety of competencies and capacity that will help you respond with immediacy and quality.

PDG offers a wide range of services as your long-term regulatory partner throughout the lifespans of your products. Given the company’s versatility, it should come as no surprise that PDG has completed a large number of diverse projects for its clients.

When you call PDG, you will not reach a lone uninformed voice on the telephone, or an answering service promising a return call. Professional staff are on-call for clients 24/7.

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Press Release

Over-the-Counter User Fees? OMUFA?

If the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Monograph User Fee Programme (OMUFA) is passed, it will include pre-submission meetings for proposed monograph changes.

White Papers

A Guide Accross the Regulatory and Scientific Terrain

Pharmaceutical Development Group (PDG) is a drug and medical device consultant that continuously engages in meetings and interactions with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Press Release

5 September 2017

If the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Monograph User Fee Programme (OMUFA) is passed, it will include pre-submission meetings for proposed monograph changes.

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30 August 2017

Pharmaceutical Development Group has announced it will be attending this year's AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.

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14 July 2017

Various changing factors in the US have resulted in the new availability of generic drug formulations.

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22 June 2017

Are you up-to-date on complex generics? You probably already know they are inherently difficult to duplicate, yet still reviewed by CDER-OGD (not CBER) using 505(j) Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs).

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24 May 2017

Prior to 23 March 2010, there was no regulatory pathway for biosimilar development in the US.

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8 February 2017

As pharmaceutical consultants, the scientists at PDG are also pharmacokinetic (PK) consultants. Proper design and placement of your PK studies is critical.

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19 January 2017

According to the guidance, a 505(b)(2) application is one for which one or more of the investigations relied upon by the applicant for approval 'were not conducted by or for the applicant and for which the applicant has not obtained a right of reference or use from the person by or for whom the investigations were conducted' (21 U.S.C. 355(b)(2))'.

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28 September 2016

Our most recent paper on the types of drug labeling is a useful primer for anyone with labeling or safety surveillance responsibility.

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26 September 2016

Pharma consultants: Already familiar with the Quality Management System (QMS) and the benefits it has in regards to the manufacture of drugs and devices? Do you know how important it is to a medical device 510(k) application?

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31 August 2016

FDA consultants and regulatory strategists, we recognize that the space between nonprescription drugs, medical devices and prescription drugs FDA may consider ripe for Rx-to-OTC switches represent tremendous potential.

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14 July 2016

It is indisputable that third-party review can speed the time to market for a 510(k) and prevent RTA. On the other hand, does the money need to be spent?

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22 June 2016

Your drug product labelling (aka package insert) may be out of date for a variety of reasons.

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16 June 2016

A primer for pharmaceutical consultants, our latest blog describes the characteristics, similarities, differences and applicability of each of FDA's expedited development and review programmes.

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2 June 2016

Pharma consultants: Did you know there is a medical device programme that is beneficial to some aspects of drug applications?

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18 January 2016

An adaptive clinical trial consultant or pharmaceutical consultant who writes clinical protocols will benefit by remaining up-to-date on the state of adaptive clinical trial design.

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12 October 2015

Medical device consulting in the constantly changing landscape of the 510(k) review and clearance process has always been exciting.

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3 September 2015

Pharmaceutical consulting related to smoking cessation and generic pharmacovigilance has been a topic of interest to PDG for several years. As such, we have monitored two proposed rules closely.

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6 May 2015

India's pharmaceutical industry has grown at record levels in recent years but now faces unprecedented challenges as the number of blockbuster drugs scheduled to go off patent begins to decline.

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5 May 2015

As a pharmaceutical consultant, I note that many have speculated the era of the blockbuster drug has ended. 2014 marked the sixth year of a patent cliff in which a majority of US blockbusters fell to generic competition. [1]

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13 April 2015

Rx to over-the-counter (OTC) switches and the related repositioning of pharmaceutical products from prescription (Rx) dispensing to the retail drug space represent huge market potential.

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6 April 2015

Many have speculated that the era of the blockbuster drug has ended. 2014 marked the sixth year of a patent cliff in which a majority of US blockbusters fell to generic competition.

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30 March 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that fixed-combination drugs (FCD) comprised of at least one NCE will be eligible for five years of exclusivity.

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24 March 2015

PDG, a pharmaceutical consultant company, understands that drug manufacturers rely on reformulation for prolonged product lifecycles to protect against generic competition, supplement limited pipelines and repurpose existing drug products.

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4 December 2014

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have delayed publication of a rule proposed last year that would allow generic drug sponsors to update safety warnings using the CBE process.

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14 November 2014

Pharmaceutical Development Group (PDG)™ has published a chronology of events relating to FDA's proposed rule that would allow generics to use the CBE process to update their labeling with new safety information.

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