One of the key topics at our North American OTC Conference to be held in Morristown, New Jersey this week (20-21 June) is Rx-to-OTC switch, and opportunities for marketers in the dynamic US regulatory climate. Hopes that the FDA would publish guidance this year on the Nonprescription Safe Use Regulatory Expansion (NSURE) were recently dashed after the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking date was changed to February 2019.
NSURE was introduced in 2012 to encourage utilisation of technology to “ensure” the safe use and self-selection of innovative Rx-to-OTC switches, but the programme has been stalled for several years.
At the Consumer Healthcare Product Association’s recent Regulatory, Science & Quality meeting, FDA Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs, Dr Doug Throckmorton, assured attendees that the 5-year delay had “nothing to do with our interest and support”, but was a result of administrative priorities. He encouraged sponsors to bring ideas to the FDA. This request has been voiced for several years, but manufacturers appear to be waiting for the draft guidance.
For those that can’t make this week’s meeting, Nicholas Hall’s Opening Address will be live-streamed here at 8.30-9.10 on Wednesday 20 June.
Following this, you can also view these live presentations:
Dave Wendland, Hamacher Resource Group, will be presenting on Independent Pharmacy Opportunity: Myth or Reality? on Wednesday 20 June 09:40-10:10 here
Join the CHC Institute Launch with Steve Sowerby and Ed Rowland on Wednesday 20 June 14:15-15:15 here
See Joseph McGovern, Everything Health, review the Key Issues of Switch on Thursday 21 June 09:00-09:30 here
Plus, join Everything Health’s Mary Alice Lawless & Joseph McGovern to review how you can Change the Words to Change the World in the move from OTC to Non-Prescription, followed by Nicholas Hall’s Summary & Close of the meeting on Thursday 21 June 12:40-13:30 here
All timings EST. To ensure you enjoy the event in full (download the brochure here), including panel sessions and networking opportunities, reserve your place now by contacting lianne.hill@NicholasHall.com