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    BD, Roche Weigh FDA’s Proposed Exemptions for Class II Devices

    Beckton, Dickinson and Co. (BD) and Roche Diagnostics are seeking clarifications and changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed list of Class II medical devices to be exempted from premarket notification. The comments follow the release in March of FDA’s draft list , which was released as part of a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act . The devices listed include lots of basic diagnostic tests and reagents, as well as other equipment like ...
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    House and Senate Revive Bill Targeting Generic Drug Delays

    Leaders of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), on Thursday re-introduced legislation to combat anticompetitive practices that can block the market entry of lower-cost generic drugs.  Known as the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act, the resurrected bill targets sample sharing (when brand-name drugmakers prevent generic firms from obtaining samples of the branded products so the generic ...
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    The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA): A Primer

    This article discusses key points and benefits of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) for those filing a New Drug Application (NDA) and explains how PDUFA user fees have played an important role in expediting FDA's drug approval process. Introduction: Benefits Offered by PDUFA When planning a New Drug Application (NDA) or other type of marketing application, regulatory professionals must consider many things. These considerations include: when the data will com...
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    Woodcock, Industry Groups Tell House E&C Committee PDUFA Reauthorization Delays Could be Dire

    Leaders from the biopharmaceutical industry lobby and a patient advocacy group on Wednesday urged members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to reauthorize the sixth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act ( PDUFA VI). And, in her second straight day of testimony on user fees before Congress, Janet Woodcock, director of the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) detailed how the agency's ability to...
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    FDA Drafts List of Class II Devices to be Exempt From Premarket Notification

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began implementing the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act on Monday by publishing a draft list of class II devices that will be exempt from premarket notification requirements, or 510(k)s. FDA said in a statement that it “believes that the devices identified in the Federal Register are sufficiently well understood and do not present risks that require premarket notification review to provide a reasonable assurance of safe...
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    Law Firm Challenges FDA on Combination Product Appeals

    Healthcare law firm Epstein Becker & Green (EBG) is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve how it handles challenges to its designation decisions for combination products. In a citizen petition sent to FDA last week, the firm says that lengthy delays for such appeals negatively affects both product sponsors and patients by delaying the launch of new combination products. Background Combination products, or products that combine two or more diff...
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    GAO: Drugmakers Want More Clarity on Antibiotic Incentives

    Despite some improvements, drugmakers say the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not fully clarified its expectations for developing new antibiotic drugs or detailed how to access new incentives, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Specifically, GAO says that FDA has issued 14 updated or new guidances focused on antibiotics since the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act was passed as part of the Food and Drug Admi...
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    House Bill Would Incentivize Drugmakers to 'Repurpose' Drugs for Rare Diseases

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) on Monday reintroduced a bill that would grant drugmakers an additional six months exclusivity for repurposing already-approved drugs to treat rare diseases. The bill, known as the Orphan Product Extensions Now Accelerating Cures and Treatments (OPEN) Act , was initially included in the 21st Century Cures Act , but was removed before it was signed into law last year. The additional exclusivity for new orphan indications under the OPEN Act w...
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    21st Century Cures Act Deadlines Approach in March and June

    The massive 21st Century Cures Act, rushed to passage in the waning days of President Barack Obama’s presidency, features a whole host of provisions that will take years for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to digest and implement, but it also includes several provisions that must be addressed by 13 March. Among those provisions of the law that must be acted upon within 90 days of the law’s enactment (or by 13 March) inc...
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    Sen. Grassley Opens Inquiry Into Orphan Drug Act

    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) on Friday confirmed to Focus that he is gathering more information and discussing with his staff and interested parties a possible inquiry into the Orphan Drug Act ’s abuses leading to high drug prices. “Based on the reporting from Kaiser Health News [KHN] about how the orphan drug provisions appear to be stretched beyond their original intent, and the strong consumer concern about high drug prices, I'm interested in learning whether...
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    Lead MDUFA Negotiator Details Changes in MDUFA IV Financing

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) top negotiator for the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA IV) presented changes to the funding mechanisms of the program at a public meeting at FDA's White Oak Campus on Wednesday. Last week, FDA released its draft recommendations for changes to its user fee program for medical devices which would allow the agency to collect roughly $999.5 million— an increase of $320 million over the previous five-yea...
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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...