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Product Specific Guidance

To successfully develop and manufacture a generic drug product, an applicant should consider that their product is expected to be: pharmaceutically equivalent to its reference listed drug (RLD), i.e., to have the same active ingredient, dosage form, strength, and route of administration under the same conditions of use; bioequivalent to the RLD, i.e., to show no significant difference in the rate and extent of absorption of the active pharmaceutical ingredient; and, consequently, therapeutically equivalent, i.e., to be substitutable for the RLD with the expectation that the generic product will have the same safety and efficacy as its reference listed drug.

To further facilitate generic drug product availability and to assist the generic pharmaceutical industry with identifying the most appropriate methodology for developing drugs and generating evidence needed to support ANDA approval, FDA publishes product-specific guidances describing the Agency’s current thinking and expectations on how to develop generic drug products therapeutically equivalent to specific reference listed drugs. FDA publishes these product-specific guidances to foster drug product development, and ANDA submission and approval, ultimately providing increased access to safe, affordable generic drugs.

Reference

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/guidances/ucm075207.htm

https://www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/guidances/

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