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FDA Continues to Reduce Generic Drug Backlog By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday revealed that it approved more than 700 abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for generic drugs in 2016, though the number of ANDAs pending an industry response also rose by more than 700.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Generic drugs, Government affairs

Tags: ANDA approvals, generic drug backlog, generic drug dashboard

21st Century Cures Act Deadlines Approach in March and June By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 February 2017

The massive 21st Century Cures Act, rushed to passage in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s presidency, features a whole host of provisions that will take years for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to digest and implement, but it also includes several provisions that must be addressed by 13 March.

Categories: News, US, DOJ, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Government affairs, Medical Devices

Tags: 21st Century Cures, Cures Act, NIH and Cures, clinicaltrials.gov, patient experience data and FDA

Senators Look to Overhaul Medical Device Inspections By Michael Mezher - Published 21 February 2017

Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Michael Bennett (D-CO) have introduced a bill that looks dramatically alter the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) process for inspecting device manufacturers.

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Government affairs, Medical Devices

Tags: Inspections

Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Applies Price Controls on Stents (21 February 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 21 February 2017

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, TGA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: stents in India, substandard drugs, complementary medicines

FDA’s Pazdur and Blumenthal: The March of Checkpoint Inhibitors Will Continue By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 February 2017

More approvals of new immune-checkpoint inhibitors, targeted and personalized therapies, as well as the use of real-world evidence are coming in the near future, Richard Pazdur, director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and associate director Gideon Blumenthal wrote in a comment published this week in Nature.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Research and development

Tags: oncology, Pazdur, Oncology Center of Excellence, FDA cancer drug approvals

Sarepta Sells Priority Review Voucher for $125M to Gilead By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 February 2017

Sarpeta Therapeutics on Tuesday sold its priority review voucher (PRV) to Gilead for $125 million, speeding up the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for any future drug or biologic of Gilead’s choosing from 10 months to six months.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Sarepta, Gilead, priority review voucher, PRV, Cures

Biosimilars Council Urges Supreme Court to Reject Additional Six Months Exclusivity for Biologics By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 February 2017

In an amicus brief filed on Friday, the Biosimilars Council, a division of the newly rebranded Association for Accessible Medicines (previously the Generic Pharmaceutical Association), argues that the US Supreme Court should not give biologic manufacturers an additional six months of market exclusivity beyond the “already-generous twelve years” granted.

Categories: News, US, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Research and development, Submission and registration

Tags: biosimilars, GPhA, AAM, Biosimilars Council, Amgen, Sandoz

EC Will Not Offer a Timeline for Phasing Out Non-Human Primate Research By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 February 2017

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) released a preliminary opinion earlier this month reiterating the consensus that, when alternatives do not exist, appropriate use of non-human primates (NHPs) remains essential to some biomedical and biological research, as well as for the safety assessment of pharmaceuticals.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, Compliance, Crisis management, Drugs, Ethics, Government affairs, Human cell and tissue, Medical Devices, Preclinical

Tags: animal research, drug safety testing, non-human primates, European Commission Opinion

Transparency Push: EMA to Revise Policy on Document Access By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday proposed a revision to its policy on accessing documents, extending the scope to include corporate documents, and increasing the publication of clinical data for pharmaceuticals.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Due Diligence, Government affairs

Tags: pharmaceutical data transparency, EMA transparency

European Regulatory Roundup: House of Lords Backs Change to Drug Pricing Bill to Appease Pharma Industry (16 February 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 16 February 2017

Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Business and Leadership, Government affairs

Tags: European regulatory roundup, biosimilars, Brexit

CFDI's Global Drug Inspection Trend Study Offers Regulatory Updates and Opinions By Yingying Liu, Siegfried Schmitt - Published 15 February 2017

To help keep regulatory professionals up-to-date on current thinking by global regulatory agencies, the Chinese Center of Food and Drug Inspection (CFDI) released a new electronic journal covering hot topics and developments in international drug manufacturing inspections. This article summarizes the key points including regulatory thinking and opinions from global regulatory authorities and organizations; timely updates on regulations, guidance, regulatory measures and changes; and inspection case analysis through observations by various international regulatory authorities.

Categories: Features, China, CFDA, FDA, WHO, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence

Tags: Chinese Center of Food and Drug Inspection, CFDI

China Works to Reduce Massive Backlog of Clinical Trial and Marketing Applications By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 February 2017

China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) is facing increasing pressure as a backlog of pharmaceutical marketing and clinical trial applications grow, though trial standards there are approaching those of international standards, according to a perspective published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology on Tuesday.

Categories: News, China, CFDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: CFDA, clinical trials in China, drug approvals in China

Senators Call on HHS to Allow Canadian Drug Imports if Prices Spike By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 February 2017

Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), John McCain (R-AZ) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on Tuesday sent a letter to Tom Price, the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), calling on him to fast-track the approval of prescription drugs imported from Canada in four different circumstances, including if the price of a drug increases significantly.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Klobuchar, McCain, Grassley, Canada drug imports, drug prices

CDRH and CDER Send Warning Letters to Six Asian Companies By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 February 2017

The flurry of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letters continued on Tuesday with the release of six new warning letters for pharmaceutical and medical device companies in China, India, Taiwan and Japan.

Categories: News, Asia, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: warning letters, China drug manufacturing, India drug manufacturing

EMA Reviews Safety of PAH Medicine Following 5 Deaths in France By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) signaled Tuesday that doctors can continue to use Actelion Pharmaceuticals’ pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) medicine Uptravi (selexipag) while the agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) evaluates its safety following the deaths of five patients taking the medicine in France.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Uptravi, PRAC, Actelion

Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Asks China to Expedite GMP Inspection to Resolve a Drug Shortage (14 February 2016) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 14 February 2017

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, CFDA, TGA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Manufacturing

Tags: Asia Regulatory Roundup, drug shortage, GMP inspection, India online portal

Sanders, Cummings Slam Marathon’s $89,000 Price Tag for Old Steroid By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 February 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Monday wrote to Illinois-based Marathon Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeffrey Aronin, calling the company’s plan to charge $89,000 annually for its recently approved treatment “outrageous.”

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Crisis management, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: Marathon, Emflaza, Deflazacort, steroid, DMD

Sen. Grassley Opens Inquiry Into Orphan Drug Act By Zachary Brennan - Published 10 February 2017

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Friday confirmed to Focus that he is gathering more information and discussing with his staff and interested parties a possible inquiry into the Orphan Drug Act’s abuses leading to high drug prices.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Orphan Drug Act, Grassley, orphan drugs

European Regulatory Roundup: ENVI Calls to for EMA Budget Reserves in Case of Brexit Volatility (9 February 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 09 February 2017

Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: European regulatory roundup, Brexit, ENVI, aripiprazole, Hospira

Industry Group Links More Than 28,000 Job Losses to Device Tax By Zachary Brennan - Published 08 February 2017

As part of its push to fully repeal the medical device tax from the Affordable Care Act, industry group AdvaMed took to the offensive on Wednesday, saying US medical technology jobs declined by more than 28,000 (7.2%) while the 2.3% tax was in effect.

Categories: News, US, Government affairs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: medical technology jobs, AdvaMed, device tax

Hiring Freeze at FDA: Upton and DeGette Say it Puts Priorities at Risk By Zachary Brennan - Published 07 February 2017

Hampering the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ability to hire puts bipartisan priorities at risk, Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Government affairs

Tags: hiring freeze, FDA employee vacancies, FDA hiring, Upton, DeGette, OMB

Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Adopts New Medical Device Regulations (7 February 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 07 February 2017

Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia.

Categories: News, Asia, CDSCO, CFDA, MFDS, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: India medical device regulations, DRAP, TFDA

FTC: Shire ViroPharma Abused FDA Citizen Petition Process, Delaying Generics By Zachary Brennan - Published 07 February 2017

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday filed a complaint against Shire ViroPharma for blocking and delaying the marketing of generic versions of its antibiotic Vancocin (vancomycin), which was first approved by FDA in 1986.

Categories: News, US, FTC, Drugs, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Vancocin, c. difficile, Eli Lilly, Shire, citizen petitions

Trump’s ‘Two Out, One In’ Regulatory Policy May Apply to Some FDA Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 February 2017

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) late last week offered guidance to federal agencies, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trying to figure out how the new “two out, one in” executive order (EO) will impact their issuance of guidance and rulemakings moving forward.

Categories: Compliance, Crisis management, Due Diligence, Ethics, Government affairs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: "two out, one in," Trump regulatory policy, FDA regulations

GOP Sets June Deadline for Completing FDA User Fee Reauthorizations By Zachary Brennan - Published 06 February 2017

Republicans have set a deadline of June to complete the Congressional work on reauthorizing the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) user fee programs.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Drugs, Due Diligence, Government affairs, Medical Devices, Research and development

Tags: FDA user fees, PDUFA, MDUFA, BsUFA, GDUFA, user fee reauthorization