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    TGA explains how it will handle lapsed conformity assessments due to MDR delays, COVID

    Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Tuesday released guidance explaining its approach to medical device conformity assessment recertification in light of delays in the implementation of the EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.   “[TGA] is issuing this guidance to inform sponsors … about the general approach the TGA will take to the lapsing of conformity assessment documents due to delays in audits due ...
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    Novartis’ Zolgensma Joins Growing List of Medicines to Lose Accelerated Assessment Status in EU

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) recently announced its decision to remove Novartis’ spinal muscular atrophy gene therapy onasemnogene abeparvovec from its accelerated assessment program. CHMP did not announce its reasoning behind the decision, which effectively means that the treatment, approved in the US as Zolgensma and launched at a price of more than $2 million, will be reviewed in the EU in 210 days rather...
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    EU Taskforce of Pharma Regulators Issues its First Report on Big Data

    A European drug regulators’ taskforce on big data published its first report on Friday. The Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) formed the HMA-EMA Joint Big Data Taskforce to harness the potential of data in development and oversight, starting with the new report. They examined clinical trial data, spontaneous adverse drug reports (ADRs), social media data and real-world data (RWD) to inform the work and reach “an important mileston...
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    RAPS Releases Results of Compensation Survey of Regulatory Professionals

    RAPS today released the results of its comprehensive global survey of healthcare product regulatory professionals, offering a detailed look at how much they earn, which products they work on, what their work entails, and how their roles within their organizations have evolved. RAPS’ 2018 Global Compensation & Scope of Practice Report for the Regulatory Profession aggregates salary data for more than 2,300 respondents from 64 countries and breaks down median and averag...
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    EMA Begins Publishing Reports on Whether Approved Medicines Still Qualify as Orphans

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced it has begun publishing reports detailing its decision-making on whether newly approved drugs to treat rare diseases still qualify for orphan designation when they receive marketing authorization. In the EU, drugs intended to treat diseases affecting fewer than five in 10,000 people in the EU qualify for orphan designation, which provides authorized medicines with ten years marketing exclusivity and reduced fees....
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    GAO to FDA: Publish Plans to Issue or Revise Guidance on Complex Generic Drugs

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday called on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to announce plans to issue or revise guidance for complex generic drugs and FDA said it agrees with the recommendation and is working to do just that. The 50-page GAO report comes as FDA has sought to improve the way it reviews and approves these complex generic drugs, which can have a complex formulation, active ingredient, route of delivery, dosage form or ...
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    CDER Report on Novel Approvals Highlights Firsts in 2017

    2017 was a year of firsts for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), with initial approvals in at least five medical conditions and other firsts that might not end up on the final scorecard, like the first biosimilar cancer treatment or the first immediate-release opioid with abuse-deterrent properties. And though the total 46 approvals is the second-highest number of approvals by CDER ever, according to the CDER ...
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    GAO: Retail Drug Price Expenditures Have Nearly Doubled Since 1990s

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday released a new report on the pharmaceutical industry's sales and expenses related to research and development (R&D), noting that the amount of money people spend on prescription drugs has nearly doubled since the 1990s, mostly because of brand-name drugs. Retail prescription drug expenditures were estimated to account for about 12% of total personal health care service spending in the US in 2015, up from abou...
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    EMA, EUnetHTA Sign Off on Three-Year Work Plan

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Network for Health Technology Assessment (EUnetHTA) on Monday detailed their priorities for the next three years in a joint work plan. Much of the 2017-2020 work plan builds on previous and ongoing efforts to streamline processes between regulators and health technology assessment (HTA) bodies. "By working together, EMA and EUnetHTA help medicine developers to improve clinical research and become more efficient in...
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    EMA Backs Six Drugs, One Biosimilar for EU Approval

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday said that its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) is recommending six new drugs, a biosimilar and three generic medicines for EU approval. The six medicines the agency is recommending are: Dr. Falk Pharma's Jorveza (budesonide) to treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a rare inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Jorveza was granted an accelerated assessment and orphan designation; Merck Sharp & Dohme's Pr...
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    New E&Y MedTech Report Highlights Growth, Regulatory Questions

    Ernst & Young on Monday released a new report on how the global medical technology (medtech) industry grew by 5% in 2016, with US and EU medtech companies seeing net income increase 17%, though several regulatory and legislative question marks are on the horizon. In addition to the improvements seen in income and revenue growth in 2016 when compared to 2015, the report also shows that overall, US and European medtech financing increased 101% in 2016, to $43.9 billi...
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    Quantitative Benefit-Risk Assessment: FDA Officials Detail Key Considerations

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to advance the use of structured benefit-risk assessments in its decision making under its commitments in the recently reauthorized Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI), and agency officials on Monday laid out key considerations for sponsors. Background In 2009, FDA began work to develop a structured approach to conducting benefit-risk assessments as part of an effort to bring more clarity and consistency t...