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    Trump Administration Officials Huddle at White House to Discuss Drug Pricing

    A White House spokesman confirmed to Focus that a meeting took place at the White House on Friday "as part of the ongoing discussions to reduce the burden of the high cost of drug prescriptions and unleash a wave of innovation to develop cures and treatments for patients." The confirmation follows reports from several media outlets citing sources who say the meeting, with US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb among other officials in atten...
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    House to Consider MDUFA Add-Ons

    With the deadline for reauthorizing the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) user fee programs rapidly approaching, members of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health are considering a handful of device-related bills to include with the reauthorization package. On Tuesday, the E&C subcommittee will discuss four bills that look to make hearing aids more accessible to patients over-the-counter , overhaul FDA's inspection program for device establishments , ...
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    European Regulatory Roundup: EMA Offers Guidance on Assessing Periodic Safety Update Reports (13 April 2017)

    Welcome to our European Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top EU regulatory news. Defying Commons, Lords Again Press to Enshrine Support for Industry in Pricing Bill The House of Lords has again voted in favor of an amendment to a drug pricing act that would make the government take account of the need to “promote and support” the life science sector. Members of the second chamber of the United Kingdom parliament backed the proposed caveat despite th...
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    Cybersecurity: House Committee Looks to Build on Public-Private Partnerships

    The House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday held a hearing looking into ways to improve cybersecurity across the healthcare sector. In recent years, cybersecurity has been a growing concern in healthcare, with high profile cyber-attacks and vulnerabilities causing disruptions for insurers , hospitals and medical device makers . The stakes for patients are high too as patient data could be lost or tampered with, hospital services interrupted or patients harmed t...
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    FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs Realignment to Begin in May

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), which carries out the agency's inspection program, will officially begin a major overhaul in the coming weeks, according to FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Director Jeffrey Shuren. Shuren made the announcement to members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee on Tuesday at a hearing on the Medical Device User Fee Amendments , which must be reauthorized by 30 Septemb...
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    House Committee Asks FDA for More Info on Contaminated Heparin Investigations

    Four Republicans on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce sent a letter on Wednesday to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acting commissioner Stephen Ostroff seeking additional information on FDA’s investigations into a heparin contamination crisis from a decade ago that are now closed. In 2007 and 2008, heparin sourced from Chinese manufacturers was linked to the deaths of nearly 150 Americans. Questions of contamination resurfaced last year when French regula...
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    UK on Brexit Implications: ‘Significant Benefits’ to Remain Part of EMA

    The UK government’s EU External Affairs Subcommittee on Tuesday published a report on the implications of Brexit on trade, noting that there may be “significant benefits” in continuing UK participation in the European Medicines Agency (EMA). However, the report also notes that it “is unclear how the UK could co-operate with the EMA after Brexit, and whether the UK would be able to influence decisions taken by the EMA.” How the UK is able to maintain its influence at th...
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    New House E&C Chairman to Consider Value-Based Drug Price Negotiations

    The newly minted chairman of the influential House Energy & Commerce Committee is looking to tackle pharmaceutical price gouging with a new bill and comments on how there need to be more negotiations to bring down prices. In an interview with The Oregonian this week, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), who attended Tuesday’s meeting with President Donald Trump and pharmaceutical CEOs , said: “Right now they're prevented from having those negotiations by law. We would fix that...
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    FDA and CMS Parallel Reviews of Devices to Continue

    A pilot program intended to reduce the time between clearance and Medicare coverage for innovative medical devices will continue on indefinitely, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Friday. The program, known as parallel review, allows device makers to request a simultaneous, overlapping review by the two agencies with the goal of reducing the time between receiving a pre-market approval (PMA) or t...
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    FDA Hits Valeant’s Bausch & Lomb With Form 483

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday released a Form 483 for Valeant’s Bausch & Lomb sterile drug manufacturing facility in Tampa, FL, citing the site for microbiological contamination of drugs purporting to be sterile. The eight-day inspection last February uncovered four observations detailing : Written records of investigations into unexplained discrepancies do not include the conclusions and follow-up Procedures designed to prevent microbiological...
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    RAPS' Scope of Practice Survey Shows Regulatory Pros Play Increasingly Strategic Role Compensation Up

    RAPS today released the results of its biennial survey of healthcare product regulatory professionals around the world. The survey asked respondents about their daily work, education and professional backgrounds, and compensation. RAPS has compiled and published key survey results and analysis in its 2016 Scope of Practice & Compensation Report for the Regulatory Profession , which can be downloaded at www.RAPS.org/sop . Among the most significant findings, r...
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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...