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    Talking to decision makers: What to say and how to say it

    The ability to confidently convey an idea and persuade others of its benefits to your organization is key to achieving success. This article discusses ways to use persuasive skills, the importance of physical presence, and tips for maintaining a positive attitude.   Introduction How often does a decision maker or specifically, your manager, reject your ideas? Have you ever wondered why co-workers with inferior proposals have their requests approved? You are convinc...
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    Knowing Regulations Not Enough, Says Expert who Will Help Guide RAPS Exec Program Participants

    RAPS' long-running Executive Development Program , which brings rising regulatory leaders to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for four days of intensive business training, has been consistently popular because it fills an increasing need. Most regulatory professionals come from science- or engineering-oriented backgrounds, with relatively few having had business training or experience. The growing recognition of the strategic importance of regu...
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    Are You a Rising Regulatory Leader? Learn Business Skills at RAPS Executive Development Program

    As William C. Putnam, PhD, RAC, argues in a  Regulatory Focus  thought piece  on the need for business skills within the regulatory profession, "regulatory professionals need to have a comprehensive understanding of business, such as the business acumen provided by extensive on-the-job training, professional development programs or formal business training."  Regulatory Strategy Critical for Business Success The reasons for this are pretty clear. Regulatory issues can ...
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    Why Regulatory Professionals Need Business Training

    You are the senior regulatory professional in the board room overseeing a major development program. The program looks promising and all you need to be concerned about is the most expeditious and risk-free regulatory path to approval, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. The regulatory development path is typically much more complex and there are many business factors that drive the ultimate development strategy design. The most successful development programs tak...
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    Formal Meetings Between FDA and Biopharma Companies: New Draft Guidance

    Know the difference between a Type A, Type B and Type C meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? New draft guidance released last week will help biopharma companies understand how to conduct such meetings and what to expect. The 20-page draft explains how sponsors can submit a formal request for a meeting, which can be face-to-face, teleconference/videoconference meetings or written responses only, what sponsors should include in that request, how F...
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    EMA Plots Out Priorities to Deal With Brexit Uncertainties

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released its Brexit Preparedness Business Continuity Plan, saying it will prioritize its core scientific activities, including urgent and significant public health threats relating to the safety and quality of medicinal products for human and veterinary use in the EU. EMA said it's planning a phased implementation of the continuity plan, and in its first phase it will temporarily suspend or reduce lower priority activiti...
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    Biomarker Qualification: FDA Explains Process and Opportunities for Engagement

    In a set of newly released presentations, officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain changes to the agency's biomarker qualification program and detail early opportunities for biomarker developers to engage with FDA. "A qualified biomarker can be used in multiple drug development programs without the need for [the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research] CDER to reconfirm the suitability of the biomarker's qualified context of use," said Marianne No...
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    Trump Administration Officials Huddle at White House to Discuss Drug Pricing

    A White House spokesman confirmed to Focus that a meeting took place at the White House on Friday "as part of the ongoing discussions to reduce the burden of the high cost of drug prescriptions and unleash a wave of innovation to develop cures and treatments for patients." The confirmation follows reports from several media outlets citing sources who say the meeting, with US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb among other officials in atten...
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    MHRA Plans for the Future of Drug, Device Regulation Post-Brexit

    The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on Friday released a business plan for the upcoming year, noting its primary focus on developing a consensus around a proposed model for the future of the country’s regulation of medicines and medical devices following its departure from the EU. MHRA is pushing for a more international strategy that focuses on collaboration and engagement with key partners and stakeholders and continuing to partici...
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    EMA Explains How it Supports Article 58 Applications

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday released a document discussing the regulatory support available to drugmakers looking to submit applications via the Article 58 procedure in an attempt to increase access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Background First introduced in Regulation (EC) No. 726/2004 in 2004, the Article 58 procedure allows EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) to give opinions, in collaboration ...
  • Trump to Pharma CEOs: 75% to 80% of FDA Regulations Will be Eliminated

    In a sign of what’s to come for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), President Donald Trump told pharmaceutical company CEOs Tuesday that his administration will be “cutting regulations at a level no one has ever seen before.” The comments, which came before the meeting with CEOs from industry group PhRMA, Merck, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Celgene and others, Trump said in terms of the drug approval process: “We’re also going to be streamlining the process, so t...
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    BsUFA II: What’s Coming for Biosimilar Sponsors from FY 2018 Through FY 2022

    A host of biosimilar experts, industry representatives and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials convened on Thursday to discuss the second iteration of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA II) and iron out the specifics of how the program needs to adapt over the next five years as the number of biosimilar applications continues to increase. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf opened the public hearing with comments on how the agency is still trying to find the righ...