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FDA Office of Generics Points to Record-Setting 2016 Ahead of Next Week’s Hearing By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 February 2017

While reporting a US savings of $1.68 trillion over the last 10 years for generic drugs, Kathleen Uhl, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD), also unveiled statistics for another record-setting year in generic drug approvals.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs

Tags: Office of Generic Drugs, GDUFA, BsUFA

EMA Adds Potential for Toe Amputation to SGLT2 Inhibitor Prescribing Info By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday noted the potential increased risk of lower limb amputation (mostly affecting the toes) in patients taking the SGLT2 inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin for type 2 diabetes.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, FDA, Drugs

Tags: diabetes, amputation, SGLT2

FDA Officials Defend Agency's Flexibility Under Current Regulatory Framework By Michael Mezher - Published 24 February 2017

Top officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are defending the agency's flexibility to accelerate the availability of products by considering diverse data sources in product submissions.

Categories: News, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Medical Devices, Submission and registration

Tags: Real-world data, Accelerated approval

Regulatory Recon: CHMP Recommends Six Medicines for Approval; FDA Panel Backs Sentinel Cerebral Protection System (24 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 24 February 2017

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

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

Tags: Regulatory Reconnaissance, Regulatory, Links, News, Regulatory News, Regulatory Intelligence, FDA News, EMA News

European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Recommends Approval of First Monoclonal Antibody Veterinary Medicine (23 February 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 23 February 2017

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

Categories: News, EMA, MHRA, Advertising and Promotion, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Veterinary products

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

Final Versions of EU MDR, IVD Released, Voting Begins Next Month By Michael Mezher - Published 23 February 2017

Device manufacturers looking to abide by the EU's new medical device and in vitro diagnostic regulations take note: The EU's overhaul of its framework is here.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

Regulatory Recon: First Biosimilar Cancer Treatment Approved in EU; Allergan CEO Pushes for Trump to Lead Pricing Talks (23 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 23 February 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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FDA Discusses Upcoming Proposed Rule on One-Page Patient Medication Information By Zachary Brennan - Published 23 February 2017

Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gathered on Thursday at DIA's advertising and promotion conference in Washington, DC, to discuss recent research, guidance for industry and enforcement action on pharmaceutical and medical device advertising and promotion.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Advertising and Promotion

Tags: OPDP, Patient Medication Information, proposed rule

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

Regulatory Recon: PhRMA CEO Says FDA Review Process Should Remain the 'Gold Standard'; BMS Takeover Rumors Rise After Icahn Buys Stake (22 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 22 February 2017

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

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

Tags: Regulatory Reconnaissance, Regulatory, Links, News, Regulatory News, Regulatory Intelligence, FDA News, EMA News

Updated: TTIP on Thin Ice Not Likely to Delay US-EU Mutual GMP Recognition Deal By Zachary Brennan - Published 22 February 2017

A deal to further harmonize and mutually recognize good manufacturing practice (GMP) inspections between the US and EU will not be delayed, as the EU ambassador to the US said Wednesday that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is in a state of pause as there is no one within President Donald Trump’s administration with whom to continue discussions.

Categories: News, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: mutual GMP recognition, TTIP, EU-US trade deals

Researchers Call on FDA to Follow EMA's Lead in Publishing Study Reports By Michael Mezher - Published 22 February 2017

Two researchers are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) lead in proactively publishing clinical study reports.

Categories: News, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs

Tags: Clinical Trial Transparency

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

EMA Outlines GCP Inspection Plan for 2017 By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 February 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released its 2017 work plan for good clinical practice (GCP) inspections, which involves collaborating with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to limit duplicative inspections.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Medical Devices, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: GCP guidelines, GCP inspections, trial site 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

Regulatory Recon: Amphastar Hit With CRL for Intranasal Nalaxone; NICE Rejects Ipsen's Cabometyx in Draft Guideline (21 February 2017) By Michael Mezher - Published 21 February 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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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

EU Court of Justice Clarifies Product Liability for Notified Bodies By Michael Mezher - Published 20 February 2017

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week issued its long-awaited judgement on a case that heavily influenced the new revisions of the EU's Medical Device Directives.

Categories: News, Europe, EC, Medical Devices, Quality

Tags: European Court of Justice, TÜV Rheinland, PIP Breast Implants, Notified Bodies

Genentech Files Complaint Over Amgen’s Development of Avastin Biosimilar By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 February 2017

Roche’s Genentech filed a complaint in Delaware District Court last week charging that Amgen, which is developing a biosimilar version of Genentech’s blockbuster cancer treatment Avastin (bevacizumab), has obstructed its ability to determine whether the manufacture and/or sale of Amgen’s biosimilar would infringe Genentech’s patents.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Regulatory intelligence, Submission and registration

Tags: Genentech, Roche, Avastin, Amgen, biosimilars

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

FDA Explains Why Newly Approved Biologic’s Name Lacks a Suffix By Zachary Brennan - Published 17 February 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new biologic this week, but its name did not adhere to recently finalized guidance calling for all new and previously approved biologics and biosimilars to have a four-letter random suffix attached to their nonproprietary names.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology

Tags: Valeant, Siliq, nonproprietary names of biologics, biosimilars

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