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    Burr chastises FDA at second Senate user fee hearing

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) continued to criticize the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to provide lawmakers a Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA V) deal and for not publishing meeting minutes with industry on time. His comments came during the second user fee reauthorization hearing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee.   On 26 April, the directors of FDA’s medical product centers sat before the HELP committee to ...
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    Inspections emerge as flashpoint in BsUFA II assessment meeting

    Biosimilar industry groups expressed frustration at the lack of transparency and communication from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic during a meeting to review the final assessment report on the agency’s enhanced review transparency initiative under the Biosimilar User Fee Amendments (BsUFA II) program.   “The BsUFA program final assessment performed by [Eastern Research Group] ERG appears to be consistent with t...
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    User fee reauthorization process kicks off in Congress

    The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday held the first hearing in the process to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration’s user fee programs for human drugs and biosimilars.   Top FDA officials Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), and Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), testified to the success of the agency’s current user fee programs and on the e...
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    Pharmaceutical industry signals support for FDA’s BsUFA III commitment letter

    Two major pharmaceutical industry groups have endorsed the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) recent commitment letter under its Biosimilar User Fee Amendments (BsUFA III) program which will run from FY 2023 to 2027, calling it an “an important milestone.”   After months of negotiation with industry, FDA released the commitment letter for the third iteration of BsUFA III in mid-September (RELATED: BsUFA III commitment letter details FDA, industry goals for bio...
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    FDA FY2022 user fee table

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published the user fee amounts it will collect in FY2022 from manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, generic drugs, biosimilars, medical devices and outsourcing facilities. The table below lists the user fees for each program. Each year, FDA adjusts its user fees based on factors such as inflation and the number of applications or establishments expected to pay the various fees. For FY2022, FDA’s fee for new drug applications (ND...
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    Regulatory science pilot floated in BsUFA III negotiations

    In the latest rounds of negotiations for the reauthorization of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA III), industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fine-tuned labeling and supplements language, sought to find new ways for developers to receive targeted feedback, and set the scope for future guidance documents.   In a series of three May 2021 meetings, the BsUFA III negotiation steering committee convened to work on these topics, and to hammer out an agreeme...
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    BsUFA talks progress on supplements, meetings and guidance development

    In the latest round of negotiations between the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the pharmaceutical industry on the reauthorization of the Biosimilar User Fee Amendments (BsUFA), the two sides reached common ground on several topics, including supplements and labeling for product safety updates, meeting management and application review practices.   FDA and industry began negotiations on the third BsUFA program in March following a public kickoff meeting las...
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    Woodcock cites 'vigorous interest' in biosimilar development

    Janet Woodcock, the acting commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says there has been a “significant increase” in biosimilars approvals as the pharmaceutical industry has shown renewed interest in developing these drugs.   The agency has also met some of the “key deliverables” of its 2018  Biosimilars Action Plan  to develop a more competitive market for these products, said Woodcock, who gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Associa...
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    BsUFA III negotiations turn to supplements, technology proposals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposal for reviewing new supplements and establishing new supplement categories while both industry and the agency discussed plans to upgrade FDA’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, according to minutes from recent Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA) Reauthorization steering committee meetings .   BsUFA, originally enacted in 2012, authorizes FDA to collect fees from biosimilar developers to help fund the agen...
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    BsUFA talks continue on technology, regulatory science and reviews

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and pharmaceutical industry groups met twice in April to discuss the reauthorization of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA) after kicking off negotiations in March.   During the two meetings, FDA and industry discussed issues related to application reviews, information technology, finance and staffing, regulatory science, review timelines and product safety updates. (RELATED: FDA, Industry set priorities for BsUFA III , R...
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    FDA, industry make opening bids in BsUFA III negotiations

    The US Food and Drug Administration says that meeting goals related to industry meetings “continues to be a challenge” in its negotiations with industry on the third iteration of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA III) program for FY2023-27.   BsUFA, originally enacted in 2012, authorizes FDA to collect fees from biosimilar developers to help fund the agency’s review program. As with the agency’s other user fee programs, FDA and industry negotiate terms for the agree...
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    Biosimilars industry weighs in on BsUFA II interim assessment

    Three biopharmaceutical trade associations have weighed in with generally positive positions on an interim assessment of how the US Food and Drug Association has fared in its efforts to increase transparency and improve communication in its process for reviewing and approving biosimilars.   The comments follow a 27 January public meeting hosted by FDA that shared results of an external review of the agency’s Program for Enhanced Review Transparency and Communication fo...