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FDA Issues Form 483 for Lupin's Goa Facility By Michael Mezher - Published 28 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an inspection report to major Indian generic drugmaker Lupin Limited following an inspection of its Goa, India facility earlier this month.

Categories: News, India, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Manufacturing

Tags: Form 483, Lupin

House and Senate Revive Bill Targeting Generic Drug Delays By Zachary Brennan - Published 27 April 2017

Leaders of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), on Thursday re-introduced legislation to combat anticompetitive practices that can block the market entry of lower-cost generic drugs. 

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Generic drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: CREATES Act, generic drug delay, REMS, Leahy

FDA Approves First Treatment for a Form of Batten Disease By Zachary Brennan - Published 27 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved the first-ever treatment for a form of the rare pediatric Batten disease, bringing Biomarin its second lucrative priority review voucher (PRV).

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

Tags: Batten disease, priority review voucher, PRV, Stivarga, Brineura, Bayer, Biomarin

Senate Committee Advances Gottlieb Nomination as FDA Commissioner By Zachary Brennan - Published 27 April 2017

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee on Thursday advanced Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s nomination to lead the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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

Tags: Gottlieb, Senate FDA, FDA commissioner

Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP) Standards Part 3: Steps to Prepare for IDMP Implementation By Dieter Schlaps - Published 26 April 2017

This article discusses the gap analysis and preliminary activities necessary to prepare a pharmaceutical company for the upcoming IDMP standards; it is the final article in a three part series on the standards and their respective implementation guidelines. The first two articles presented reasons for the new standard, the driving forces behind IDMP, and the concepts behind the standard as well as the current timelines for introducing IDMP in worldwide markets.

Categories: Features, EMA, FDA, ISO, Drugs

Supreme Court Weighs Biosimilar Patent Dance By Zachary Brennan - Published 26 April 2017

All nine justices of the US Supreme Court gathered Wednesday to hear oral arguments from the lawyers of Novartis subsidiary Sandoz and Amgen, who took sides on what's known as the biosimilar "patent dance," and whether a notice of licensure 180 days prior to marketing is necessary.

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

Tags: Supreme Court, biosimilars, Novartis, Sandoz

House to Consider MDUFA Add-Ons By Michael Mezher - Published 26 April 2017

With the deadline for reauthorizing the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs rapidly approaching, members of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health are considering a handful of device-related bills to include with the reauthorization package.

Categories: News, FDA, Medical Devices

Tags: User Fees, Reauthorization, Energy & Commerce

Senate HELP Committee Delays Vote on Gottlieb Nomination By Michael Mezher - Published 26 April 2017

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Wednesday delayed an expected vote on Scott Gottlieb's nomination to head the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Categories: News, US, FDA

Tags: Scott Gottlieb, Nomination, FDA Commissioner, Senate HELP Committee

The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA): A Primer By Valerie Fauvelle, MS, RAC, Meredith Brown-Tuttle, RAC, FRAPS - Published 25 April 2017

This article discusses key points and benefits of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) for those filing a New Drug Application (NDA) and explains how PDUFA user fees have played an important role in expediting FDA's drug approval process.

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

Tags: User Fees, Prescription Drug User Fee Act, PDUFA

FDA Warns Teva API Plant in China By Zachary Brennan - Published 25 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent 10 April to Teva for deficiencies related to an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing site in Hangzhou, China.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: Teva, warning letter, FDA inspections

Generic Drug Industry Group Seeks FDA Regulation Changes By Zachary Brennan - Published 25 April 2017

The Association of Accessible Medicines (AAM), formerly known as the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, has recommended five major US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation tweaks in a letter to the Department of Commerce.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Generic drugs, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: generic drug policy, AAM and FDA regulations, label changes for generics

FDA Warns 14 Companies for Selling Fake Cancer Treatments By Michael Mezher - Published 25 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released warning letters sent to 14 US-based companies for selling dozens of unapproved cancer treatments online and through social media.

Categories: News, US, FDA

Tags: Warning Letters, Misbranded Drugs, Fake Cancer Treatments

FDA Offers Draft Guidance on Generic Versions of Opioid Overdose Nasal Spray By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 April 2017

As the opioid epidemic continues to spread, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to alleviate some of that pain by offering draft guidance to generic drug companies looking to develop generic versions of the nasal spray that can revive those who have overdosed on opioids.

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

Tags: Narcan, opioid overdose, Narcan nasal spray, naloxone

FDA to Texas and Arizona: Destroy or Export Detained Shipments of Execution Drugs By Zachary Brennan - Published 24 April 2017

After a lengthy wait, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially told Texas and Arizona that their imported execution drugs cannot be used because they were unlawfully obtained.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Due Diligence

Tags: sodium thiopental, execution drugs, FDA and state executions, misbranded drugs

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Extending Expiration Dates for Doxycycline Stockpiles By Michael Mezher - Published 24 April 2017

In response to questions from state health officials, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued draft guidance detailing how state emergency health response stakeholders can extend the shelf life of stockpiled doxycycline.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Drugs

Tags: Doxycycline, Medical Countermeasures, MCM, Anthrax

Medical Product Communications: Industry Seeks to Reform FDA Draft Guidances By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 April 2017

With a flood of new comments, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies are seeking changes to two draft guidances explaining the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) evolving policies on industry communications with payers and claims that adhere to a drug's label.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Government affairs, In vitro diagnostics, Labeling, Medical Devices

Tags: medical product communications, off-label promotion, payer communications

FDA Approves 5th Biosimilar, 2nd for Remicade By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced its fifth biosimilar approval: Samsung Bioepis’ Renflexis (infliximab-abda), an intravenous infusion for multiple indications.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology

Tags: biosimilar, FDA approval

Regulatory Recon: Biotech M&A Falls Off; E&C Presses HHS on Pandemic Flu Plan (21 April 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 21 April 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Recon, a daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EC, EMA, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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

FDA Requires Label Changes to Better Protect Children From Pain and Cough Medicines By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced label changes to two opioids, codeine and tramadol (found in various prescription pain and cough medicines and some over-the-counter cough medicines), to better protect children from serious risks.

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

Tags: codeine, tramadol, label changes

European Regulatory Roundup: EMA and FDA Discuss Joint Accelerated Assessments (20 April 2017) By Nick Paul Taylor - Published 20 April 2017

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

Categories: News, Europe, EC, EMA, FDA, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs

Tags: European Regulatory Roundup, EMA and FDA, EudraVigilance, information security

US Supreme Court to Consider Biosimilar Patent Process Next Week By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 April 2017

The highest court in the US next Wednesday will take up a fight over the so-called biosimilar "patent dance" and whether biosimilar companies have to notify reference product sponsors of the impending marketing of a new product, likely leading to a decision with ramifications for all subsequent biosimilars approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Ethics, Government affairs

Tags: biosimilars, Amgen, Sandoz, patents

Regulatory Recon: Uniqure to Abandon Gene Therapy in EU; Pfizer Subpoenaed Over Saline Shortages (20 April 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 20 April 2017

Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing. Want to read Recon as soon as it's posted? Follow @RAPSorg on Twitter.

Categories: News, Asia, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Medical Devices

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

EMA-FDA QbD Pilot Program Led to Further Harmonization By Zachary Brennan - Published 19 April 2017

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have wrapped up a joint pilot program assessing applications containing Quality by Design (QbD) elements that led to further hamornization of concepts introduced through the International Council for Harmonisation (ICH).

Categories: News, Europe, US, EMA, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, Manufacturing, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy, Submission and registration

Tags: QbD pilot, EMA-FDA joint program, quality by design

FDA Hedges: A Proposal to Better Share R&D Risks By Zachary Brennan - Published 19 April 2017

The probability that an investigational drug will succeed in all three phases of clinical trials and win US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval is very low. So low, in fact, that a group of economists have written a new paper calling for a system whereby developers could hedge their research and development (R&D) risks by buying options that would pay companies a pre-specified amount in the event that a treatment fails a given phase of the FDA approval process.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Business and Leadership, Drugs, Ethics

Tags: R&D risk, pharmaceutical risks, FDA hedges

FDA Warns LA-Based Medical Food Company for Clinical Trial Without an IND By Zachary Brennan - Published 18 April 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter released Tuesday says that Los Angeles-based Targeted Medical Pharma ran a clinical investigation of a medical food without first submitting an investigational new drug (IND) application to the agency.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Clinical, Compliance, Crisis management, Nutritional and dietary supplements, Research and development

Tags: warning letter, LA medical foods, medical food clinical trial