The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) does not intend to delay the current Sept. 9, 2020 deadline for the vapor industry to submit applications for marketing authorization before a hearing is scheduled for the plaintiffs in the case.
In a status report filed Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the regulatory agency told the court that it does “not currently plan to seek an extension of the September 9, 2020 premarket application deadline.”
Any extension requested by the plaintiffs could be complicated because the request would have to be approved by the Maryland-based federal court that forced the agency to move the deadline to May 12, 2020 due to a separate lawsuit.
The FDA has already delayed the PMTA deadline due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The deadline was previously scheduled for May 12, 2020 but was moved to Sept. 9. According to the FDA’s status report, the plaintiffs in the case are expected to file a status report requesting their preferred argument date for a further extension.