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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...
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    Surviving Your First FSMA Inspection

    This article provides an overview of the new FSMA regulations and suggests some recommended steps to prepare for inspections, including preventive controls, supply chain management and good record keeping practices. Introduction Without question, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most significant food safety law of our generation. The original Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, included a single sentence ...
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    PhRMA and BIO Offer Glowing Support for PDUFA VI Performance Goals

    More than a year after the pharmaceutical and biotech trade groups began voicing their opinions and crafting the next iteration of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), and both PhRMA and BIO have said they are pleased with the performance goals outlined by and for the agency from 2018 to 2022. Background On 15 July, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released for comment a  46-page document  outlining how the agency ...
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    PDUFA Reauthorization: AstraZeneca Offers Detailed Recommendations

    Although the performance and procedural goals for the sixth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA ) were laid out last month, pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, and other stakeholders are now detailing additional recommendations on what to include in the program from fiscal years 2018 through 2022. Background On 15 July, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released for comment a 46-page document outlining how the agency will use t...
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    Biosimilar User Fees: FDA and Industry Reach Agreement

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and representatives of the biotechnology industry have reached an agreement on the second iteration of the Biosimilar User Fee Act (BsUFA II) following 14 meetings from March through May. Specifically, the two sides have settled on the draft commitment letter that represents the agreements made over the course of the negotiations, which initially began in December 2015. Similar to FDA's other user fee programs, BsUFA is a ...
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    Senators, Experts Weigh Bipartisan Bill to Stop REMS Abuses

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a meeting with a panel of experts to discuss a recently introduced bill that seeks to stop branded drug companies from misusing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) to withhold access to drug samples for bioequivalence testing necessary for bringing generic drugs to market. Background The bill, known as the CREATES Act and introduced last week , focuses on two tactics often employed by the branded drugmakers to...
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    New Senate Bill Aims to Close Regulatory Loopholes Blocking Generic Drug Competition

    Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that seeks to stop anticompetitive practices brand name drug companies often use to thwart or delay the entry of less-expensive generic versions of their products. Backed by 19 physician, pharmacist, hospital and consumer groups, including the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA), Public Citizen and the largest US pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the bill, known as the ...
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    Woodcock: Antibiotics Pipeline is 'Fragile and Weak'

    At a congressional hearing in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said that current incentives are not enough to overcome the challenges of developing new drugs to fight bacterial infections. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is increasingly being recognized as a global threat to public health. In its 2014 Antimicrobial Resistance: Global Report on Surveilla...
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    FDA Outlines Medical Device Real-World Evidence User Fee Proposal

    Negotiations over the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) continued late last month and into May, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlining plans for a new user fee proposal linked to real-world evidence (RWE). The RWE proposal is part of FDA’s counter proposal for the reauthorization of MDUFA, which was presented to industry on 4 March, and would cost $329 million above the cost of MDUFA III. In a meeting on 25 April (the meeting ...
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    New Bill Would Speed FDA Review of OTC Contraceptives

    Editor's note: This article has been updated to clarify that the Oregon bill allows pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptive drugs to patients. A new House bill, sponsored by Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), would speed the review of contraceptive drugs by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and includes measures to make the drugs available over-the-counter for adult women. The bill, known as the Over-The-Counter Contraceptives Act , would compel FDA to grant suppl...
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    FDA Offers New Guidance on Interpretation of BPCIA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released draft guidance on its interpretation of the "deemed to be a license" provision of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) of 2010. Put simply: FDA will not approve any pending or tentatively approved application for a biological product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act after 23 March 2020.  The provision in the BPCIA states that: "An approved application for a biologi...
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    Congressman Says More than 300 Fetal Deaths Related to Essure Ahead of FDA Announcement

    Editor's note: After publishing this article, Focus received comments from Bayer refuting the allegations made by Rep. Fitzpatrick. See our coverage of Bayer's comments in a follow up article published Thursday. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) on Wednesday presented new information raising questions about the safety of the permanent birth control device Essure, claiming the number of fetal deaths related to the device are far greater than what has been reported by the U...