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    FDA tallies pandemic inspection toll, issues new 'resiliency roadmap'

    A new report from the US Food and Drug Administration details its performance on inspections during the public health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic and details the agency’s roadmap going forward.   “The numbers reveal the state of our inspectional oversight and how we plan to address postponed inspectional work using a risk-based approach,” wrote acting FDA director Janet Woodcock, MD, in a forward to the Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight .   ...
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    What’s behind drug price spikes – and what can be done?

    Two newly published studies have highlighted the rising cost of brand-name and generic drugs, looking at why generic price spikes happen and how drug price hikes affect insured patients.   In an analysis published in Health Affairs , Aayan N. Patel, a researcher with the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues said that although there have been fewer spikes in drug prices be...
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    Merck KGaA raises full-year forecast; Perlmutter's new gig tackles 'undruggable targets'

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Lilly hit by staff accusations, FDA scrutiny at COVID drug factories ( Reuters ) Pharma showers Menendez with rare, off-cycle burst of campaign cash as Democrats eye drug pricing reforms ( STAT ) Rising wholesale drug prices really do matter to half of all commercially insured Americans ( STAT ) Facing fresh pricing threats in D.C., pharma spent a record $92...
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    CHMP recommends eight new medicines in April, including two orphans

    In its April meeting, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) human medicines committee recommended eight new medicines for approval, including three new non-orphan medicinal products and two orphan medicines.   EMA’s Committee for Medical Products for Human Use (CHMP) also issued positive opinions for extensions of therapeutic indications for nine medicines, bringing the total new indications for 2021 to 23.   Leo Pharma’s Adtralza (tralkinumab) was recommended ...
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    Pazdur: Oncology accelerated approvals under review by ODAC

    On 27 April, the US Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) meets to consider the fate of a half-dozen oncology immunotherapy indications granted accelerated approval. The confirmatory trials of these drugs have not verified their clinical benefit in the indications for which they received approval.   The virtual meeting will take stock of the indications individually; committee members will engage in a “general discussion focused on nex...
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    EMA finalizes guidance on parallel MAA, EU-M4all procedure

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Thursday released the final version of its guidance detailing the agency’s procedure for parallel EU-M4all (Article 58) and centralized marketing authorization applications (MAAs).   The guidance was adopted earlier this month following a public consultation launched in January and includes some minor changes from the draft version. (RELATED: EMA offers parallel Article 58, centralized authorization reviews , Regulatory Focus ...
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    Recon: Vertex inks $900M deal with CRISPR Therapeutics; Congress investigates Emergent's contracts

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Is the US FDA at A Tipping Point? ( Pink Sheet ) New report finds COVID-19 pandemic causes dramatic shifts in prescription drug spending ( EurekAlert ) Trump administration awarded a firm $1.3 billion to make Covid vaccine syringes. Where are they? ( NBC ) U.S. Reaches Another Crucial Juncture In The Fight Against COVID-19 ( NPR ) Biden to push for more vacci...
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    Recon: Abbott profits triple with OTC test launch; Good news for bluebird

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Large clinical trial to study repurposed drugs to treat COVID-19 symptoms ( NIH ) Q&A with Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock on the Future of the FDA ( BioSpace ) Covid cases, vaccinations remain elevated as U.S. nears Biden’s 200 million goal ( CNBC ) U.S. CDC expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 16 and older ( Reuters ) Johnson & Johnson reports...
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    ICH shares "work-in-progress" update to GCP guidance

    The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) has made available a draft version of its updated principles for good clinical practice. The principles are to be considered a “work-in-progress,” wrote ICH in announcing the availability of the updates, which are still in development by the ICH’s E6(R3) expert working group.   “The principles are interdependent and should be considered in their totality to assure ethical trial conduct, participant safety, and reliabl...
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    FDA overdue on guidance as DSCSA deadline looms

    Legal experts advised the pharmaceutical industry to start preparing now to meet the November 2023 deadline for having fully electronic interoperable systems in place for tracking  products through the supply chain under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA).   Food and drug law attorneys outlined ways the industry can meet these requirements at a 15 April traceability forum on DSCSA implementation sponsored by the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA).   The...
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    Rare diseases, STAR expansion considered in PDUFA VII premarket negotiations

    Newly released minutes from meetings between industry and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) give observers more insight into premarket review issues in play during the negotiations for the reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VII).   FDA and industry looked at commitment language related to new molecular entity (NME) milestones and postmarketing requirements (PMR) in a 27 January meeting of the premarket negotiations subgroup. For both s...
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    Recon: ThermoFisher acquires PPD for $17.4B; First chimeric human-monkey embryos

      Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US Daily U.S. Covid cases remain above 70,000 amid Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause ( CNBC ) Fauci, Jim Jordan spar over pandemic restrictions ( The Hill ) What’s behind the wait on a J&J vaccine verdict ( Politico ) ( NYT ) ( WSJ ) The J&J Vaccine Pause Is Science Working Like It’s Supposed To ( Slate ) Why the Johnson & Johnson pause may not matter for Amer...