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    FDA Officials Defend Agency's Flexibility Under Current Regulatory Framework

    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. In an article in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery on Friday, Rachel Sherman, deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco in the Office of the Commissioner at FDA, writing alongside former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and other high-ranking agency officials, argue ...
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    Australia’s TGA Looks to Mirror US FDA, EMA With Two New Expedited Drug Approval Pathways

    As part of an attempt to catch up with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday released five new consultations for public comment, including one that would forge new priority review and provisional approval pathways. TGA’s priority review pathway, like Health Canada’s and FDA's  pathway with the same name , will involve faster reviews of prescription drugs ...
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    China to Begin Priority Reviews of Medical Devices in January 2017

    China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) announced Thursday that its priority review and approval procedure for medical devices will come into force as of 1 January 2017. The move is part of CFDA’s implementation of reforms to its approval systems for drugs and devices, and to meet the clinical demands of medical devices. According to the law firm Ropes & Gray , the new policy, first drafted in June, will allow applicants with a Class II device (limited to importe...
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    UK Report Calls for Streamlining to Accelerate Access to Drugs by Four Years

    The UK government on Monday released a new report on accelerated access, claiming the UK's National Health Service (NHS) could speed access to new drugs and devices by streamlining regulatory, health technology assessment (HTA) and reimbursement mechanisms. Specifically, the report proposes the development of an "accelerated access pathway" that would help speed up new technologies, including drugs, devices and diagnostics with the potential to provide significant benefi...
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    European Commission Explores the Future of HTA Cooperation

    The European Commission on Friday opened a consultation to consider the views of a number of different stakeholders on the future of health technology assessments (HTAs) across the EU member states. The commission is looking to track the experiences in the current system and the on-going cooperation mechanisms, as well as any future needs and opinions on the proposed approach in the Inception Impact Assessment . Specifically, the EC is looking to hear more on a number...
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    Global Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers. The term "strategy," per Merriam Webster (Edition 11), means "a careful plan or method for achi...
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    NICE to Charge up to £282,000 for Each New Drug Assessment

    The UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) plans to charge pharmaceutical companies new fees of up to £282,000 for each cost-effectiveness assessment for a new medicine beginning next year. News of the new fees stirred controversy in London’s Sunday Times , and a NICE spokesman emailed Focus on Monday with NICE Chief Executive Sir Andrew Dillon’s response to that story on the fees for technology appraisal and guidance: “Charging pharmaceutica...
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    Approval of Anthrax Vaccine Under FDA’s Animal Rule is a Step Forward, Researchers Argue

    Although the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) 2015 approval of the vaccine BioThrax for postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) for inhalational anthrax wasn’t the first approval under the rarely used Animal Rule, researchers in Nature explained on Thursday why it is a “significant step forward” in the approval of new vaccines and other medical countermeasures under the pathway. Background The Animal Rule pathway (codified here ) was designed to allow companies to bri...
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    Market Access in Europe: Bridging Regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Gaps

    This article introduces the roles of HTA bodies within the EU member states healthcare system and provides key elements to consider for manufacturers who would like to enter this geographical market. In addition, solutions to maximize the product development strategy are discussed with the intention of bridging regulatory and market access gaps. The rapid diffusion of health technologies has presented governments with unprecedented challenges to provide high quality an...
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    FDA Withdraws NDA for Fertility Drug After EMD Serono Fails to Run Postmarket Trial

    More than 10 years since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered accelerated approval to EMD Serono’s fertility drug Luveris (lutropin alpha for injection), the agency on Monday announced it’s withdrawing the drug’s approval as the company failed to run a postmarketing study required as a condition of approval. First approved on 8 October 2004, Luveris was indicated for concomitant administration with one of EMD Serono’s other fertility treatments, Gonal-F (fol...
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    Pharma Companies Call on FDA to Make Clinical Outcome Assessment Pilot More Useful

    More than a dozen drug developers, including Pfizer, Genentech, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, and industry groups are calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that a clinical outcome assessment (COA) pilot program includes more useful information for researchers. Background The pilot project, first proposed by FDA in January , is intended to help industry with a starting point for considering how certain COAs might be used in clinical trials and ear...
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    FDA: 'No Significant Impact' to Environment From Genetically Engineered Mosquito Trial

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said that a proposed trial to release genetically engineered mosquitoes in Key Haven, FL poses no significant threat to the environment. The mosquitoes, referred to as OX513A, are a modified strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito developed by the UK-based Oxitec Ltd. The mosquitoes are modified so that most of their offspring die before reaching maturity, and have been altered to include a red fluorescent marker to mak...