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    Belgium Inspects Companies Delaying or Preventing Biosimilar Competition

    The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) said recently that it’s inspecting the premises of companies suspected of using restrictive practices to limit, delay or prevent the entry of biosimilar competition. While the authority did not offer any details into what companies are being inspected, the authority did say that this is a preliminary step into its investigation of such restrictive practices. “Conducting inspections does not prejudge the outcome of the investiga...
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    FDA Releases New Data to Help Generic Drug Competitors

    Generic drug applicants will now have more information from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when deciding whether to file a generic drug application, which could potentially increase the odds of earlier approvals, the agency said on Tuesday. Previously, FDA’s Paragraph IV Patent Certifications List included only the name of the drug (along with the dosage form and strength) and the date on which the first substantially complete generic drug application that ...
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    700% Price Spike Spurs UK to Allege Four Pharma Companies Agreed to Restrict Competition

    The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Thursday alleged that Focus Pharmaceuticals, Medreich, Alliance Pharmaceuticals and Lexon have breached UK and EU law by entering into anti-competitive agreements that restricted the supply of the nausea and dizziness drug prochlorperazine. Under two alleged agreements discovered by CMA, Alliance Pharmaceuticals supplied prochlorperazine exclusively to Focus Pharmaceuticals. And Focus paid Lexon a share of the profits ...
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    European Commission Focuses New Report on Pharma Competition Enforcement

    The European Commission (EC) on Monday released a report on pharmaceutical competition enforcement activities by the Commission and EU member states' national competition authorities from 2009 to 2017.   The 46-page report was put together in response to concerns voiced by the European Council and Parliament in 2016 and 2017 regarding anticompetitive practices within the pharmaceutical sector, such as tactics to delay generic competition, pay-for-delay arrangements...
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    FDA Plots Policy Priorities for 2018

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday announced its priorities for policy activity in 2018, which will include reducing the misuse and abuse of opioids, promoting generic drug and biosimilar competition, creating a total product lifecycle office for medical devices, advancing digital health technologies and strengthening the agency’s workforce. “Our work is taking place during an inflection point in both science and policy,” FDA Commissioner Scott Go...
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    Industry Groups Explain Competition Issues in the US Pharma Market

    Industry groups representing generic and brand-name drugs, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) and pharmacies offered their comments on a November meeting held at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on possible solutions to increase competition and lower pharmaceutical prices in the US. The organizations discussed differing views on what can be done, with the generic group noting its own declining prices and possible ways to combat abuses, the brand-name industry point...
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    Administering the Hatch-Waxman Amendments: Industry, Academics and Senator Discuss Balance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made it a priority to find a balance between encouraging innovative medical products and increasing access to lower-cost pharmaceuticals under the Hatch-Waxman Act 1984 . But when it comes to finding ways to speed the influx of generic drugs and stop frequently cited abuses, a host of voices from industry, academia and Congress are offering differing views. In July, FDA held a meeting to discuss certain situations in ...
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    Gottlieb: 'End the Shenanigans' on Delaying Generic Drug Competition

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday called to "end the shenanigans" that often delay or restrict generic drug competition. The comment followed Gottlieb's discussion of the ways in which brand-name drug companies can use Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) or other tactics to prevent generic companies from purchasing drug product to run bioequivalence or bioavailability studies necessary for approval. Federal...
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    Balancing Hatch-Waxman: Stakeholders Weigh in After FDA’s Meeting

    Following a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting in July on generic drug competition, various stakeholders are offering written comments on reforms FDA and Congress could make to ensure the Hatch-Waxman amendments are not abused. Like others, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted comments calling for pay-for-delay agreement reforms, including legislation to make the deals "presumptively unlawful," reforms to FDA’s citizen petition process a...
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    Report Highlights Cracks in the Market for Generic Competition

    As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looks for ways to boost generic competition, a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) suggests that competition among generic drugmakers slows over time, potentially leading to higher prices for older treatments and drug shortages. The analysis, authored by Ernst Berndt and Stephen Murphy of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Rena Conti from the University of Chicago, reveals...
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    FDA to Speed Reviews of More Generic Drugs, Offers Lists of Those With No Competition

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took major steps toward increasing generic drug competition on Tuesday by releasing a list of off-patent pharmaceuticals with limited or no competition, and by prioritizing the review of abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for which there are fewer than three ANDAs approved for the reference listed drug. Both moves seek to increase generic drug competition and lower the cost of pharmaceuticals in the US. The generic dr...
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    Senators Ask FDA Commissioner What Help He Needs to Tackle REMS Abuse

    In a letter sent to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb last week, a bipartisan group of senators say they want to know what FDA can and cannot do to address certain tactics used to delay generic drug competition. Gottlieb, who last week announced plans for a public meeting to gather insight on these practices, has signaled an interest to increase generic drug competition to reduce high drug prices in the US. In the letter, the senators f...