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    FDA and DEA Jointly Warn Illegal Online Opioid Networks

    In a first for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the agencies came together to warn four online networks operating 10 websites that illegally market unapproved and misbranded versions of opioids. FDA notes that the illegal online pharmacies may put people at risk because there is no guarantee that the medicines are safe and because several of these websites sell opioids online without a prescription. In the warning l...
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    FDA Seeks Comment on WHO Recommendations Restricting Certain Psychotropic Substances

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday offered a chance for those interested to submit written comments or request an informal public meeting on recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) to impose international manufacturing and distributing restrictions on certain drug substances. The comments received will be considered in preparing the US position on these proposals for a meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, Austria,...
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    Dramatic Drop in Hydrocodone Combo Prescriptions After DEA Rescheduling

    Prescriptions for hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) fell significantly after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tightened restrictions on those drugs, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine . For years the US has been in the grips of a prescription drug abuse epidemic, in part driven by the availability of hydrocodone and other opioids such as oxycodone, codeine and methadone. In 2013, more than 200 million prescriptions for opioids we...
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    New Law Redefines When Controlled Substances are Officially Approved

    Just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, President Barack Obama signed a new law that will effectively provide the pharmaceutical industry with more certainty on when controlled substances are officially approved. The new law, known as the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act, sets new deadlines for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to schedule controlled substances, like opioids and other drugs that have the potential to be abu...
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    Senate Committee Advances Bill Redefining When a Drug is Officially Approved

    A bill that would effectively provide manufacturers with more certainty on the marketing exclusivity of approved drugs needing DEA clearance advanced unanimously through a Senate committee Wednesday. Background In order for a drug to be marketed, it must not only be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) must also schedule the drug to a particular class under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Under current law...
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    DEA to Allow Huge Increase in Marijuana Production to Meet Research Demands

    The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has proposed a massive increase in the amount of marijuana it will allow to be produced this year in the hopes of meeting the demand of researchers studying new medicinal uses for the drug, it has announced. Background In the US, the manufacture and production of marijuana is controlled by the DEA, whose authority to do so stems from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) —a law which categorizes drugs in accordance with their ...
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    Government Report Slams DEA for Oversight of Drug Production Quota System

    Shortages of some pharmaceutical products could be alleviated if the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) coordinated its efforts to control the supply of some drugs more closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a new government report has found. Background In the US, drug products are primarily overseen by two federal agencies: FDA and DEA. The former regulates drugs in accordance with their efficacy, safety and quality. For example, FDA might approve a...
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    DEA to Increase Marijuana Production Quota to Meet Demand of Medical Researchers

    The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing to more than triple the amount of marijuana it will allow to be produced this year in the hopes of meeting the demand of researchers studying new medicinal uses for the drug, it has announced. Background In the US, the manufacture and production of marijuana is controlled by the DEA, whose authority to do so stems from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) —a law which categorizes drugs in accordance with their ri...
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    House Passes DEA Reform Bill Changing Definition of When a Drug is 'Approved'

    The US House of Representatives has passed a new bill which promises to accelerate market access for new pharmaceutical products requiring review by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and also changes the definition of what drug "approval" means for some new drug products. Background The bill in question, the  Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act , is meant to address a regulatory process some drug companies have described as a "b...
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    DEA Scheduling Reform Bill Moves Forward in House

    The House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee has voted in favor of new legislation that would reform the way in which the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedules new drug substances in the hopes of allowing patients to access new therapies more quickly. Background The bill in question, the Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act , is meant to address a regulatory process some drug companies have described as a "b...
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    DEA Scheduling Process Targeted by Legislators Hoping to Speed up Drug Approvals

    The House of Representatives is in the advanced stages of considering legislation that could make it easier for some drug products to reach the market after being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Background In a notice posted to the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee's website on 20 January 2015, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) said he will hold a meeting on 27 January 2015 to consider several pieces of legislation, including the Improving Regulat...
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    Anabolic Steroid Regulation Bill Awaits President's Signature

    New legislation set to be signed into law by US President Barack Obama would ban dozens of active ingredients now used in the production of anabolic steroids, and also make it easier for federal authorities to prohibit the production of similar products. Background The legislation, the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA) of 2014, was passed by the US House of Representatives on 15 September 2014, and the US Senate on 11 December 2014. According to its spo...