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    GAO details ongoing problems with FDA's lab safety oversight

    The US Government Accounting Office (GAO) found that many elements of an effort to improve laboratory safety at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not been met, over three years after establishing an Office of Laboratory Safety. For example, the safety oversight office still cannot perform unannounced laboratory inspections, according to the report .   Prompted by the 2014 discovery of boxes of smallpox virus that were improperly stored in a laboratory cold r...
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    GAO highlights continued PPE shortages in COVID-19 report

    The United States continues to struggle with shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing supplies due to high global demand and the fact that most supplies are made outside of the US, according to new findings from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).   In a wide-ranging report on the US federal response to COVID-19, the GAO issued 16 new recommendations for federal agencies spanning the medical supply chain, vaccines and therapeutics, COVI...
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    EU Taskforce of Pharma Regulators Issues its First Report on Big Data

    A European drug regulators’ taskforce on big data published its first report on Friday. The Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) formed the HMA-EMA Joint Big Data Taskforce to harness the potential of data in development and oversight, starting with the new report. They examined clinical trial data, spontaneous adverse drug reports (ADRs), social media data and real-world data (RWD) to inform the work and reach “an important mileston...
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    GAO Raises Questions on FDA’s Orphan Drug Designation Process

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced Friday that it has found that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not always ensure that all information is consistently recorded and evaluated when making orphan drug designation determinations. The missing of these critical steps by the agency in some cases means that FDA reviewers do not fully understand the context of a drug’s intended use for the rare disease, GAO said. “The Commissioner of FDA shou...
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    RAPS Releases Results of Compensation Survey of Regulatory Professionals

    RAPS today released the results of its comprehensive global survey of healthcare product regulatory professionals, offering a detailed look at how much they earn, which products they work on, what their work entails, and how their roles within their organizations have evolved. RAPS’ 2018 Global Compensation & Scope of Practice Report for the Regulatory Profession aggregates salary data for more than 2,300 respondents from 64 countries and breaks down median and averag...
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    GAO Calls on FDA to Evaluate its Efforts on Least Burdensome Approach for Devices

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has told the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop metrics to evaluate its performance in implementing its least burdensome approach to regulating medical devices, according to a report released on Tuesday. Congress first required FDA to implement a least burdensome approach for reviewing 510(k) and premarket application (PMA) submissions in the 1997 Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA) . Since then...
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    GAO to FDA: Publish Plans to Issue or Revise Guidance on Complex Generic Drugs

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday called on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to announce plans to issue or revise guidance for complex generic drugs and FDA said it agrees with the recommendation and is working to do just that. The 50-page GAO report comes as FDA has sought to improve the way it reviews and approves these complex generic drugs, which can have a complex formulation, active ingredient, route of delivery, dosage form or ...
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    CDER Report on Novel Approvals Highlights Firsts in 2017

    2017 was a year of firsts for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), with initial approvals in at least five medical conditions and other firsts that might not end up on the final scorecard, like the first biosimilar cancer treatment or the first immediate-release opioid with abuse-deterrent properties. And though the total 46 approvals is the second-highest number of approvals by CDER ever, according to the CDER ...
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    GAO: Retail Drug Price Expenditures Have Nearly Doubled Since 1990s

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Tuesday released a new report on the pharmaceutical industry's sales and expenses related to research and development (R&D), noting that the amount of money people spend on prescription drugs has nearly doubled since the 1990s, mostly because of brand-name drugs. Retail prescription drug expenditures were estimated to account for about 12% of total personal health care service spending in the US in 2015, up from abou...
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    FDA Seeks Tweaks to Right-to-Try Bill in House E&C Hearing

    The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday held a hearing to discuss a "Right-to-Try" bill passed in the Senate that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to change. The hearing discussed a bill that would seek to undercut FDA’s oversight of a program, known as expanded access, whereby terminally ill patients and their doctors can request access to an investigational drug outside of a clinical trial. Right-to-Try laws have now passed in 37 states...
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    New E&Y MedTech Report Highlights Growth, Regulatory Questions

    Ernst & Young on Monday released a new report on how the global medical technology (medtech) industry grew by 5% in 2016, with US and EU medtech companies seeing net income increase 17%, though several regulatory and legislative question marks are on the horizon. In addition to the improvements seen in income and revenue growth in 2016 when compared to 2015, the report also shows that overall, US and European medtech financing increased 101% in 2016, to $43.9 billi...
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    GAO: FDA Improved Expanded Access but More Clarity Necessary

    With the rise of Right-to-Try legislation across states in the US, it might seem like patients with serious or life-threatening ailments and no other comparable medical options might have difficulties in obtaining access to investigational drugs outside of a clinical trial because of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But a new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday lends credence to many who have voiced concerns with the Right-to-Try laws,...