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    Tracking Post-Approval Study Completion: Majority On-Schedule but Not Submitted

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its most recent report tracking the progress that new drug and biologic applicants are making on post-approval studies. The report found that the majority of post-marketing requirements (PMRs) and post-marketing commitments (PMCs) are progressing on schedule, though of those studies that are open (734 NDAs and 156 BLAs are open as of 30 September 2016) and on-schedule, few PMRs for new drug applications ...
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    FDA Unveils Six-Part Toxicology Roadmap to Expand Predictive Capabilities

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Toxicology Working Group this week laid out a six-part roadmap to help the agency better evaluate new methodologies and technologies for their potential to expand FDA’s toxicology predictive capabilities and to potentially reduce the use of animal testing. "Acceptance of any new toxicology methods will require sufficient convincing data as well as continuous dialogue and feedback among all relevant stakeholders from deve...
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    Drug Labels: Experts Note Importance of Faster Updates

    The topic of cancer drug labels and how they can be updated more quickly, as well as how the labeling system needs to be reformed was front and center at several panels at the Friends of Cancer Research's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Janet Woodcock, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), noted her agency has been working on the issue of label updates for a number of years, particul...
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    The Medical Device Coordination Group: a new Authority Under EU Device Regulations

    This article discusses the organization and functions of the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) established under the new EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Regulation (IVDR). The article explains how both groups will be important players in the conformity assessment body 'notification' process and in determining how notified bodies assess and certify devices and in serving as a reviewing body for making regulatory and jurisdi...
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    GOP Tax Reform Bill Would Repeal Orphan Drug Research Credits

    Republicans on Thursday rolled out their new tax reform bill, which among other provisions to lower taxes for Americans and businesses, proposes to repeal a provision that might cause the biopharma industry some concern. Under the House bill’s Subtitle E, section 3401 would repeal what amounts to half of the qualified clinical research costs for designated orphan drug products. Background Under the  Orphan Drug Act  of 1983, Congress sought to incentivize the d...
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    European Commission Consults on Recalibrating Aspects of Drug Patents, SPCs

    The European Commission last week released for consultation a proposal to re-work certain elements of the EU pharmaceutical patent system and industry group Medicines for Europe is calling for the introduction of a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) manufacturing waiver and for a wider definition of the research exemption. Background In the EU, SPCs, which apply to innovative pharmaceutical and plant protection products and have been increasingly used sinc...
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    FDA Halts Monkey Study on Nicotine Dosing

    FDA last month halted monkey research on nicotine dosing following concerns, including those raised in a letter from primatologist Jane Goodall. Although an FDA spokesperson told Focus that the decision to halt the study last month was made independently from Goodall’s letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, according to the letter , FDA was performing research at its National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas involving more than...
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    PhRMA Criticizes FDA's 'Unnecessary' Research on Drug Advertising and Promotion

    The pharmaceutical industry lobbying group is harshly criticizing the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) research focused on prescription drug advertising and promotion and calling for a clearer vision on how this research protects public health. "FDA has proposed to undertake projects in a variety of disparate topics without articulating a clear, overarching research agenda or adequate rationales on how the proposed research related to the goal of further pro...
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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, NCI to Collaborate Further on Cancer Research

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) on Monday unveiled a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further cooperate on understanding the molecular biology of cancer as it relates to diagnostic measurements, product development and treatment. "The purpose of this MOU is to engage in scientific and programmatic collaborations in clinical proteogenomics cancer research, such as statistical experimental design, instrument/technolo...
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    EC Will Not Offer a Timeline for Phasing Out Non-Human Primate Research

    The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) released a preliminary opinion earlier this month reiterating that, when alternatives do not exist, the appropriate use of non-human primates (NHPs) remains essential to some biomedical and biological research, as well as for pharmaceutical safety assessments. The opinion is part of a process to reevaluate the same conclusion from 2009 that “recognised that animals s...
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    Small Biopharma Face Distinct Challenges: FDA Official and Sanofi Genzyme SVP Argue

    Small biopharmaceutical companies, often known as the drivers of innovation, face a number of unique challenges in bringing new treatments, particularly for rare diseases, to market, Richard Moscicki, deputy director for science operations at the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and P.K. Tandon, senior vice president of Sanofi Genzyme, wrote. In an article published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine , the a...