For approval, a proposed generic drug product must demonstrate it is bioequivalent (BE) to the reference listed drug (RLD) product. For locally acting drug products, conventional BE approaches may not be feasible because measurements in local tissues at the sites of action are often impractical, unethical, or cost-prohibitive. Mechanistic modeling approaches, such as physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling, may integrate information from drug product properties and human physiology to predict drug concentrations in these local tissues. This may allow clinical relevance determination of critical drug product attributes for BE assessment during the development of generic drug products. In this regard, the Office of Generic Drugs of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently established scientific research programs to accelerate the development and assessment of generic products by utilizing model-integrated alternative BE approaches. This report summarizes the presentations and panel discussion from a public workshop that provided research updates and information on the current state of the use of PBPK modeling approaches to support generic product development for ophthalmic, injectable, nasal, and implant drug products.
By Ming-Liang Tan, Sajeev Chandran, Rebeka Jereb, Khondoker Alam, Robert Bies, Darby Kozak, Ross Walenga, Maxime Le Merdy & Andrew Babiskin