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    Gottlieb Testifies on Status of FDA Operations After Government Shutdown

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Wednesday on the current state of agency activities. Gottlieb expressed confidence that the agency is “back on track,” despite the 35-day lapse in FDA appropriations during the longest partial government shutdown in US history. Members of the subcommittee on agriculture, rural development, FDA and related agencies questioned Gottlieb on the status of ...
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    FDA Adds Unpaid Exceptions as the Shutdown Drags On

    As the shutdown continues in its third full week, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal additional activities that are considered “excepted, unpaid work” because they are necessary to identify and respond to threats to human safety. The additional activities, which have been added after careful analysis and in close consultation with senior FDA leaders and public health experts, include: Expanded inspect...
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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: FDA Needs a Plan for GDUFA Carryover Fees

    As Congress looks to reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Monday released a report saying that FDA should develop a plan for managing unspent fees collected from generic drugmakers. "Such a documented plan could aid Congress in determining the appropriate amount of user fees to be collected by the agency during the annual appropriations process and when considering a reauthorization of th...
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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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    GAO: FDA's Ability to Monitor Drug Shortages Remains a Concern

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) oversight of medical products remains a high-risk area for the federal government, particularly with regard to the agency's oversight of drug shortages, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released Wednesday. Despite commitment from FDA leadership to improve drug availability, GAO says it no longer considers FDA's action plan to be effective. As a result, GAO has downgraded its assessment of F...
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    GAO: Adverse Event Reporting Limitations Delayed FDA Action on Power Morcellators

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Wednesday released the results of its year-and-a-half long investigation into the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) handling of laparoscopic power morcellators following reports that the devices spread cancer in patients being treated for uterine fibroids. In August 2015, a bipartisan group of 12 US Representatives wrote to GAO calling on it to investigate the FDA's handling of the issue. The report finds that FDA may ...
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    GAO: FDA's White Oak Campus Poses Security Risk

    According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), parking and cramped offices at the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) White Oak campus in Maryland pose a security risk for the agency. In its report, GAO calls on FDA to implement a parking security system in line with the Department of Homeland Security's Interagency Security Committee standards for high risk facilities. The report also calls on the agency to work with the General Services ...
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    GAO Report Highlights Ongoing Challenges in Oversight of Drug Compounders

    A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that while the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to improve its oversight of drug compounders, challenges at both the state- and FDA-level remain. Background Unlike traditional drugmakers, drug compounders are exempt from certain requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act . These exemptions allow compounders operating under section 503A of the act to produce drugs w...
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    FDA Kicks Pharma, Device Rule Finalizations Down the Road, Past Obama’s Presidency

    The US federal government is notoriously slow at promulgating new rules and bringing them into enforcement. But the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking that slowness to a whole new level for a host of potentially controversial final and proposed rules, some of which have lingered for decades. On Friday, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which FDA operates under, released its semiannual inventory of rulemaking actions under developm...
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    Senators Urge Obama to Take Action on Drug Prices

    Policy solutions to bring down the rising tide of prescription drug prices should be included in next year’s budget, eight senators said in a letter sent to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Examples of ways Obama could help to lower drug costs include requiring drugmakers to provide rebates on prescriptions for Medicare Part D low-income subsidy enrollees “in the same way that it does already for Medicaid recipients,” the senators said, noting that about $120 billion c...
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    FDA to its Scientists: Feel Free to Engage on Social Media

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now encouraging its employees to use social media in a personal capacity, particularly for sharing information that may benefit public health, as long as employees make clear that their opinions aren’t the views of the agency. The new policy, released last week, clarifies that employees do not need to obtain permission or approval from FDA supervisors or agency management to use social media in a personal capacity, although “e...