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Regulatory Recon: House Vote on Healthcare Bill Set for Friday Afternoon; Pfizer, German Merck mAb Gets First Approval for MCC (24 March 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 24 March 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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Duplicate MAAs: Amgen Wins EU-wide Approval for Two Humira Biosimilars By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 March 2017

The European Commission (EC) on Thursday granted two marketing authorizations for Amgen’s biosimilars to AbbVie's blockbuster biologic Humira (adalimumab), known as Amgevita (adalimumab) and Solymbic (adalimumab).

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: Humira biosimilar, duplicate MAA, Amgen, Pfizer, Enbrel

CDRH Seeks Participants for Staff Training Program By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 March 2017

Medical device companies and other stakeholders have until 30 April to apply to be a part of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Experiential Learning Program (ELP), which is meant to help agency staffers better understand medical devices. 

Categories: News, US, CDRH, Combination products, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Tags: ELP, CDRH training, staff training FDA devices

EMA Calls to Suspend More Than 300 Drugs due to Unreliable Studies From Indian CRO By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 March 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced it is recommending the suspension of more than 300 approvals and applications for generic drugs for which bioequivalence studies were conducted by Chennai, India-based contract research organization (CRO) Micro Therapeutic Research Labs.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, Compliance, Generic drugs, Product withdrawl and retirement, Research and development

Tags: Indian CRO, CRO suspension, EMA suspension, generic drugs

Regulatory Recon: Fate of Health Care Act Uncertain as Vote Nears; GSK and Regeneron in Deal to Sequence Genes of 500,000 Britons (23 March 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 23 March 2017

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Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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FDA Issues Guidance on Drugs to Prevent Delayed Graft Function in Kidney Transplant Patients By Michael Mezher - Published 23 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued new draft guidance detailing its expectations for drugs intended to treat delayed graft function (DGF) in kidney transplant patients.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Drugs, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Delayed Graft Function, DGF, Draft Guidance

European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Reports Year-Long Shortage of BMS Kidney Transplant Drug; UK Rejects Indication-Specific Drug Pricing (23 March 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 23 March 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, Drugs, Reimbursement, Veterinary products

Tags: EU Regulatory Roundup, European Regulatory Roundup, Regulatory Roundup

MHRA Details Common Issues in Clinical Trial Applications By Michael Mezher - Published 23 March 2017

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Wednesday issued guidance detailing the most common issues it sees in clinical trial applications in an effort to help sponsors avoid unnecessary delays.

Categories: News, Europe, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs

Tags: Clinical Trial Applications, Validation

Woodcock, Industry Groups Tell House E&C Committee PDUFA Reauthorization Delays Could be Dire By Michael Mezher - Published 22 March 2017

Leaders from the biopharmaceutical industry lobby and a patient advocacy group on Wednesday urged members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to reauthorize the sixth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Submission and registration

Tags: PDUFA VI, Prescription Drug User Fee Act

EMA Seeks Experts on Clinical Data Anonymization By Michael Mezher - Published 22 March 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday issued a call for experts to join a new technical advisory group for anonymizing clinical data.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Submission and registration

Tags: Clinical Study Reports, Publication, Transparency, Anonymization

Regulatory Recon: FDA Approves Newron's  Xadago as Add-On for Parkinson's Disease; Novartis Heart Drug Serelaxin Fails in Phase III Trial (22 March 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 22 March 2017

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Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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Regulatory Recon: Array Withdraws Binimetinib Application Ahead of Advisory Committee; Amgen Submits Herceptin Biosimilar for EU Approval (21 March 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 21 March 2017

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Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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CDER, CDRH and CBER Directors Stress Importance of User Fee Reauthorizations Before Senate Committee By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 March 2017

The US Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee on Tuesday pressed three top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials for details on how plans to reauthorize their user fee programs would help to further streamline medical product approvals.

Categories: News, US, CBER, CDER, CDRH, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, Medical Devices

Tags: FDA user fees, GDUFA, BsUFA, MDUFA, PDUFA, Senate HELP

FDA Warns Two Drugmakers in China and India for Data Integrity Violations By Michael Mezher - Published 21 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned two drugmakers, USV Private Limited in Daman, India and Jinan Jinda Pharmaceutical Chemistry Co., Ltd. in Zhangqiu City, China, over data integrity and manufacturing issues uncovered during inspections last year.

Categories: News, China, India, US, FDA, APIs, Compliance, Drugs, Manufacturing

Tags: Data Integrity

FDA Concurs With WHO on Rare Lymphoma Linked to Breast Implants By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said it now concurs with the World Health Organization’s designation of an association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Categories: News, US, FDA, TGA, WHO, Compliance, Medical Devices, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: breast implants, lymphoma, BIA-ALCL

Maryland House Passes Bill on Price Gouging of Generic Drugs By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 March 2017

Late Monday, Maryland’s House of Delegates signed off on a bill seeking to prohibit companies from overcharging for generic drugs.

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

Tags: price gouging, pharmaceutical price legislation, Maryland drug price gouging

Asia Regulatory Roundup: India Proposes Platform to Monitor Drug Supply Chain (21 March 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 21 March 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, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Asia regulatory roundup, India drug supply, TGA pharmacovigilance

Four Former FDA Commissioners: Drug Importation to Reduce Costs is 'Complex and Risky' By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 March 2017

As Congress looks to address the problem of rising prescription drug prices, four former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioners told members in an open letter from last week that importing cheaper medicines from Canada and elsewhere is "a complex and risky approach."

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

Tags: drug imports, Bernie Sanders, Califf, Hamburg, commissioners on drug imports

Humacyte Receives First of FDA’s Regenerative Medicine Designations By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday offered one of its first Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designations to Humacyte’s investigational human acellular vessel (HAV) Humacyl.

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

Tags: RMAT designation, regenerative medicine, 21st Century Cures

FDA Offers 2016 Report on Medical Countermeasure Activities By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 March 2017

As part of efforts to protect the US against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved seven new treatments and 21 new devices in FY 2016, according to a program update on medical countermeasure (MCM) activities.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Government affairs, Quality

Tags: medical countermeasures, Ebola, Zika, flu vaccine

Regulatory Recon: China Looks to Speed Approvals for Imported Drugs; Highlights from ACC17 (20 March 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 20 March 2017

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Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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FDA Approved Nearly All Expanded Access Requests in FY2016 By Michael Mezher - Published 20 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted more than 99% of requests for patients to access unapproved drugs and biologics in fiscal year 2016, according to data released last week.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Ethics

Tags: Expanded Access, Compassionate Use, Right-To-Try

FDA Delays Final Rule on Intended Uses By Michael Mezher - Published 17 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it will delay implementation of its final rule clarifying when tobacco products are regulated as medical products until March 2018 in response to a petition from biopharmaceutical industry groups that raised questions about how the rule would alter the agency's definition of intended uses for drugs and medical devices.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Communication, Drugs, Medical Devices

Tags: Intended Use, Final Rule, Totality of Evidence

Regulatory Recon: Amgen Cholesterol Drug Data Disappoints Investors; German Drugmaker Stada Stokes Private Equity Bidding War (17 March 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 17 March 2017

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Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence

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Bills Introduced in March: Importation, Cancer Drugs and PBM Transparency By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 March 2017

At least nine US House and Senate bills introduced in March would impact the pharmaceutical industry, including three to allow for more prescription drug imports from Canada, pharmacy benefit management (PBM) transparency and one on cost sharing for cancer medicines.

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

Tags: Cummings, Sanders, drug prices, PBMs