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    With New Data in Hand, Could Sanofi and Regeneron Use a Regulatory Shortcut?

    A new drug being co-developed by drugmakers Sanofi and Regeneron could, according to new data , dramatically decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients and lessen cardiac events. But it's a reduction in something else that could be most important for Sanofi and Regeneron: the time it might take the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review the new drug, Praluent. Background In July 2014, Sanofi and Regeneron announced they had purchased what...
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    For Second Time Ever, FDA Awards Special Voucher Meant to Accelerate Drug Reviews

    Drugmaker United Therapeutics has become just the second company in US history to obtain a new type of voucher which allows a company to potentially get its drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 40% less time than it normally takes. Background The voucher in question is known as a rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV), and is modeled off a similar program intended to help spur the development of new drugs for so-called "neglected" ...
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    Orphan Drugs in the EU: A Record-Breaking Year

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended 17 drugs with orphan product designation for approval in 2014, the most ever in a single year. This is much higher than the average of 6.75 per year between 2010 and 2013 and is a significant increase from 2013, when EMA recommended 11 products with orphan designation for approval. Background: Orphan Designation Orphan product designation was first introduced in the EU in 2000 under Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 . The reg...
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    Obama Signs Special Ebola Incentive Program Into Law

    President Barack Obama has signed a new bill into law allowing any pharmaceutical or biotechnology company that successfully develops a product to treat the Ebola virus to obtain a special voucher potentially worth millions—and even billions—of dollars. The law, Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act , was signed into law by Obama on 16 December 2013. The law focuses on FDA's neglected tropical disease priority review voucher (PRV) program, a pro...
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    Legislation to Increase Regulatory Incentives to Fight Ebola Awaits Obama's Signature

    The US House has quickly passed legislation making changes to the  Neglected Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher  (PRV) system in the hopes of making it more enticing to pharmaceutical companies, and in particular to those developing new treatments for the Ebola virus. S.2917 , the  Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act , passed the US House of Representatives by unanimous consent on 3 December 2013, just one day after the same bill was pas...
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    Ebola Voucher Bill Clears Senate, on Course to Become Law

    The US Senate has passed legislation that would overhaul the Neglected Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher  (PRV) system in the hopes of making it more enticing to pharmaceutical companies, and in particular those developing new treatments for the Ebola virus. S.2917, the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act , passed the US Senate by unanimous consent on 2 December 2013. "Today the Senate took a strong step to support that mission by pass...
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    FDA, CDC Preparing Updated Form to Record Vaccination Problems

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are calling for comments on a new adverse event reporting form for vaccines meant to replace the current paper-based reporting form. Background In a notice published in the Federal Register on 24 November 2014, CDC said it's accepting public input on its proposed Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) 2.0 form. VAERS is used by FDA and CDC, which co-administer th...
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    US Congress Pushes Ahead With Legislation to Reform FDA Voucher Program

    Both the US House of Representatives and Senate are moving forward with identical pieces of legislation meant to overhaul the Neglected Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV) system in the hopes of making it more enticing to pharmaceutical companies, and in particular those developing new treatments for the Ebola virus. Bill Background The legislation, the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act , would make three notable changes...
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    Gilead Makes Record-Setting Purchase of Special FDA Voucher

    The Canadian pharmaceutical company Knight Therapeutics has reportedly sold its Neglected Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher to Gilead Sciences, making it the first time a tropical voucher has ever been sold. Background FDA maintains two types of priority review voucher programs, which allow companies to have their products reviewed by FDA in just six months instead of 10. The first and oldest of the voucher types is intended to facilitate development of products ...
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    FDA Explains How its New Incentive Program for Rare Pediatric Disease Treatments Works

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a long-anticipated guidance document intended to explain how a new incentive program known as the Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher system works. Background Created in 2012 under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) , the Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher is modeled closely off a similar program known as the Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher system. T...
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    US Senate Unveils Major Changes to FDA Program in Hopes of Fighting Ebola

    Legislators in the US Senate have unveiled a new piece of legislation meant to incentivize companies to go after the Ebola virus by making critical and long-sought changes to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory program. Background As Focus explained in October 2014 , a recent outbreak of Ebola has led to a scramble for new drugs and vaccines to help treat and prevent the virus. At present, there are no recognized treatments for the disease. Some publi...
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    To Meet Ebola Threat, Father of FDA's Priority Review Voucher System Calls for Reforms

    One of the fathers of a little-known and lesser-used regulatory pathway meant to incentivize the approval of new drugs for so-called "neglected tropical diseases" says Congress needs to include Ebola on the short list of diseases eligible for incentives. Background So called "tropical" diseases are  defined by statute  as infectious diseases which do not affect developed nations and disproportionately affect poor and marginalized nations. Such diseases are typically not...