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Drug Supply Chain Security: New APEC Toolkit to Aid Collaboration By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 March 2017

With the pharmaceutical supply chain becoming more global and complex, regulators, industry groups and academics from around the world have developed a new toolkit of resources to increase harmonization across borders to ensure the quality of drugs from manufacture through ingestion.

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, APEC, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs, Quality, Regulatory intelligence, Regulatory strategy

Tags: pharmaceutical supply chain, good manufacturing practices, good distribution practices, fake drugs

FDA Warns Singapore Ophthalmic Drug Manufacturing Site By Zachary Brennan - Published 28 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a warning letter sent 16 March to Singapore-based Opto-Pharm for its failure to address leaking containers and bottle defects, among other violations.

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

Tags: sterile eye wash, FDA warning letters

Diagnostics: Bipartisan Duo Offers Bill to Alter Regulations By Zachary Brennan - Published 27 March 2017

The ongoing overhaul of diagnostic and lab-developed test (LDT) regulations turned another corner last week, with Reps. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) releasing a discussion draft of a bill that would offer a new direction for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Categories: News, US, FDA, Government affairs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices, Postmarket surveillance, Research and development

Tags: diagnostics, IVDs, IVCT, in vitro clinical test, LDT, lab-developed test

Updated: Pharma Profits Continue to Dwarf R&D Spending as Pressure Mounts By Zachary Brennan - Published 27 March 2017

With the repeal of Obamacare on life support, the furor over rising prescription drug prices and President Donald Trump’s support for the cause could end up filling the vacant crossroads where bipartisanship meets change.

Categories: News, US, Business Skills, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: drug company profits, drug prices, R&D spending on pharmaceuticals

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

Updated: 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Trump FY 2018 Budget Blueprint: Hike in FDA User Fees? By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 March 2017

President Donald Trump’s administration released its budget blueprint for FY 2018 on Thursday, calling for a hike in user fees from industry to make up for cuts elsewhere at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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

Tags: Trump budget, FDA budget 2018, user fees, user fee reauthorization

Multiple Endpoints in Clinical Trials: Biopharma Companies Seek More From FDA Draft Guidance By Zachary Brennan - Published 16 March 2017

Biopharmaceutical heavyweights – from Novartis to GlaxoSmithKline to Regeneron – are seeking additional clarification from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on draft guidance on multiple endpoints in clinical trials, according to comments posted to the docket on Thursday.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Biologics and biotechnology, Clinical, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: GlaxoSmithKline, Regeneron, Novartis, Teva, BIO, Celgene, AstraZeneca, clinical trial endpoints

FDA Warns of Increased Risk of Serious Pancreatitis with Allergan’s Viberzi By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

Following the death of two patients without a gallbladder on Allergan’s irritable bowel drug Viberzi (eluxadoline), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned about the increased risk of serious pancreatitis in such patients.

Categories: News, US, FDA, Crisis management, Drugs, Postmarket surveillance

Tags: Viberzi, pancreatitis, Viberzi deaths, gallbladder

FDA Transparency: Agency’s Hands Tied by its own Regulations By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

Ask a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official how many biosimilar applications are actually under review, or the details of a recent Complete Response Letter (CRL), and he or she will explain how the agency cannot offer any more details than what is already publicly known, even if what has been made public is not aligned with reality.

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

Tags: FDA transparency, CRLs, biosimilars

House Committee Asks FDA for More Info on Contaminated Heparin Investigations By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

Four Republicans on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce sent a letter on Wednesday to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acting commissioner Stephen Ostroff seeking additional information on FDA’s investigations into a heparin contamination crisis from a decade ago that are now closed.

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

Tags: heparin, China heparin, House E&C, FDA investigations

EU Court of Justice Denies EMA Appeal to Release Documents on Two Medicines By Zachary Brennan - Published 15 March 2017

The Court of Justice of the EU earlier this month delivered a blow to transparency efforts at the European Medicines Agency (EMA), dismissing two appeals by the regulator.

Categories: News, Europe, EMA, Clinical, Prescription drugs, Government affairs

Tags: PTC Therapeutics, Translarna, Court of Justice of the European Union

Regulatory Recon: Alexion to Lay Off More Than 200; FDA Approves Novartis Breast Cancer Treatment (14 March 2017) By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

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

Categories: News, Asia, Canada, Europe, US, DOJ, EC, EMA, FDA, Health Canada, MHRA, NICE, Biologics and biotechnology, Drugs, In vitro diagnostics, Medical Devices

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

UK on Brexit Implications: ‘Significant Benefits’ to Remain Part of EMA By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

The UK government’s EU External Affairs Subcommittee on Tuesday published a report on the implications of Brexit on trade, noting that there may be “significant benefits” in continuing UK participation in the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

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

Tags: Brexit, UK in EMA, House of Lords

Celgene, Takeda and Others Found in Breach of UK’s Pharma Code of Practice By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

When is it OK for a pharmaceutical company to fail to quality check bags stored in a basement for three years before supplying them to pharmacies to use when dispensing the chemotherapy Navelbine (vinorelbine) to patients? Apparently never, according to Tuesday’s rundown of companies breaching the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry’s (APBI) Code of Practice.

Categories: News, Europe, MHRA, Biologics and biotechnology, Compliance, Crisis management, Drugs, Ethics

Tags: Celgene, Takeda, Pierre Fabre, PMCPA, ABPI

New FDA Warning Letters Highlight CGMP Deviations at API Plants in China, India By Zachary Brennan - Published 14 March 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released two new warning letters for active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers Badrivishal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals and Lumis Global Pharmaceuticals, both sent 2 March.

Categories: News, Asia, FDA, Active pharmaceutical ingredients, Compliance, Drugs, Government affairs

Tags: warning letters, API manufacturers, water and pharmaceuticals

FDA Considers Creating New 'Office of Patient Affairs' By Zachary Brennan - Published 13 March 2017

As part of efforts to better capture patients' perspectives, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday said it is considering establishing an "Office of Patient Affairs," to be tasked with supporting and coordinating patient engagement across the agency.

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

Tags: patient engagement and FDA, PEAC, patient perspectives, FDA patient advice