Opioids, Whistleblower Actions, Medical Device Safety, Food Defense, Personal Care Products Regulation, Dietary Supplement Regulation,Top Notables, and Other Matters FDA

Opioids, Whistleblower Actions, Medical Device Safety, Food Defense, Personal Care Products Regulation, Dietary Supplement Regulation,Top Notables, and Other Matters FDA

April 4, 2018 12:30–5:00 p.m.

All Matters FDA” promises to be informative, focusing on the Food and Drug Administration’s top accomplishments across the food and drug law spectrum. Find out about “hot topics” and hear the latest from seasoned professionals.

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Robert J. Durkin, Esq., M.S., R.Ph.—Deputy Director Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Charlene Fullmer, Esq.—Deputy Chief for Affirmative Litigation, Civil Division, United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Kevin Spradlin—Intelligence Analyst, FBI, Washington D.C.

Matthew R. Noonan, Esq.—Compliance Officer, FDA Human & Animal Food Division

Stanley R. Milstein, Ph.D.—Former Acting Deputy Director (retired),, FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors

 Hooman Noorchashm, M.D.—Cardiac Surgeon, Phila., Pennsylvania

 Roseann B. Termini, Esq.—Food and Drug Law Legal Scholar; National Speaker, Online FDA Law Courses, Widener University, Delaware Law Schoo

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Although FDA regulates homeopathic remedies, enforcement has lagged especially in comparison with the popularity and increased use of homeopathic remedies . Finally in late 2017, FDA issued a draft guidance entitled Drug Products Labeled as Homeopathic.” 

The draft guidance explains how FDA expects to prioritize enforcement and regulatory action with respect to drug and biological products, labeled as homeopathic and marketed in the United States without the required FDA approval. Once the final guidance is issued, FDA will withdraw Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) 400.400, “Conditions Under Which Homeopathic Drugs May be Marketed”, issued back on May 31, 1988.

What is homeopathy? The guidance defines homeopathy as follows: “Homeopathy is an alternative medical practice that has an historical basis in theory and practice first systematized in the late 1700s. Homeopathy is generally based on two main principles: (1) A substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used in diluted form to treat symptoms and illnesses (known as “like-cures-like”) and (2) the more diluted the substance, the more potent it is (known as the “law of infinitesimals”).”

The definition of “drug” in section 201(g)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) (21 U.S.C. 321(g)(1)) includes articles recognized in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) or any supplement to it. Homeopathic drugs are subject to the same regulatory requirements as other drugs. Senator Royal Copeland, was a physician and homeopathic proponent and finally a major sponsor of the 1938 FDCA.

What does the guidance state about enforcement? According to FDA, the agency recognizes resource limitations and intends to apply a risk-based enforcement approach to drug products labeled as homeopathic and marketed in the United States without the required FDA approval. Further, FDA expects to apply a risk-based enforcement approach to the manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of drug products labeled as homeopathic.  Categories include:

Products with reported safety concerns;

Products that contain or purport to contain ingredients associated with potentially significant safety concerns;

Products for routes of administration other than oral and topical—For example, unapproved injectable drug products and unapproved ophthalmic drug products pose a greater risk of harm to users due to their routes of administration;

Products intended to be used for the prevention or treatment of serious and/or life- threatening diseases and conditions;

Products for vulnerable populations; and

Products deemed adulterated under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.


https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/20/2017-27157/drug-products-labeled-as-homeopathic-draft-guidance-for-food-and-drug-administration-staff-and Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 243 (December 20, 2017) Notices 60403






Prison Sentences- Peanut Corp.of America Salmonella Tainted Peanut Products

Update-Sentences Affirmed on January 23, 2018 Corp. Executive Liability Sentence Largest Ever in Food Safety History 

AFFIRMED:  See: United States v. Parnell, et. al, No. 15-14400 (11th Cir. Jan. 23, 2018)  Click on the link for the appellate court decision. Court of Appeals Opinion

Former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) President and Owner Stewart Parnell received a criminal prison sentence of 28 years in connection with the 2009 salmonella poisoning outbreak of 700 reported cases in 46 states. Expert evidence presented at trial detailed that there were nine deaths linked to PCAs tainted products. Parnell’s brother Michael received a 20 year prison sentence. The Quality Assurance employee received a 5 year sentence. They were sentenced based on their roles at PCA by shipping salmonella-positive peanut products and by falsifying microbiological test results.  A federal jury convicted the Parnell brothers in September 2014 on several counts of conspiracy, mail and wire fraud as well as selling misbranded food. Stewart Parnell was also convicted for introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.  Stewart Parnell and Quality Assurance Manager Mary Wilkerson were also convicted of obstruction of justice. According to U. S. Justice Attorney Moore, “The sentence that was handed down today [Sept. 21, 2015] means that executives will no longer be able to hide behind the corporate veil”. The direct link to the sentences in the Parnell Salmonella Tainted Peanut Product case is below and court of appeals opinion above.

AFFIRMED:  See: United States v. Parnell, et. al, No. 15-14400 (11th Cir. Jan. 23, 2018 (affirmed)). Click on the link Court of Appeals Opinion