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    EMA, MHRA, Janssen Warn of Increased Risk of Toe Amputation With Type 2 Diabetes Drug

    A two-fold higher incidence of lower limb amputation, primarily of the toe, has been seen in a clinical trial with canagliflozin, Janssen, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said in a letter to health professionals. “The risk in the canagliflozin groups was 6 per 1000 patient years, compared with 3 per 1000 patient years with placebo,” the regulators and Janssen UK and Ireland’s medical director ...
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    Updated: Congress Looks to Force FDA Into Rewriting Major Generic Drug Labeling Rule

    As Congress looks to pass a spending bill for FY 2017 by Friday, the House Appropriations Committee has released a new bill with a modest amount of new funding for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and new demands on how FDA should write a controversial and major final rule on generic drug labels. The rule, which FDA has said it will finalize in July , would allow generic drug companies to update their labels with new safety information when that information bec...
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    RAPS Launches Global Survey of Regulatory Professionals' Work and Compensation

    RAPS has just launched its biennial global survey of regulatory professionals who work with healthcare and related products. RAPS’ Scope of Practice & Compensation Survey of the Regulatory Profession , conducted every two years, is the largest and most comprehensive survey of professionals in this important field, vital to ensuring healthcare products are safe and effective. Respondents work in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, governme...
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    WHO Pilot Project Speeds Approval of Janssen HIV Drug in 11 African Countries

    A World Health Organization (WHO) pilot project looking to bring already-approved drugs to Africa more quickly will continue into 2016 after four of 11 participating African national medicines regulatory authorities (NMRAs) approved Janssen’s pediatric HIV drug Intellence (etravirine). As of November, regulators from Namibia (approved 86 days after submission), Cote d’Ivoire (four months), Botswana (six months) and Kenya (seven months) have approved the use of the drug, ...
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    FDA Defends Plans to Regulate LDTs at House Hearing

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making it clear to Congress that it's up to the task of regulating lab developed tests (LDTs). Speaking at a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing today, Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) defended the agency's plan saying, "Getting the right treatment to the right patient at the right time depends on having accurate, reliable and clinically validated tests." Unlike traditi...
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    Case Study: Regulatory Advertising and Promotion From a Fellow’s Perspective

    This article discusses three components of Purdue University’s Regulatory Pharmaceutical Fellowship from a current fellow’s perspective followed by a candid interview. Introduction The professional field of regulatory advertising and promotion has become increasingly essential to pharmaceutical companies because of the increased volume of advertisements and promotional materials available to them as well as accessibility to a wide variety of different advertisi...
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    Bipartisan Clinical Trials Compensation Bill Heads to Obama for Signature

    Late Monday evening, the House of Representatives cleared the final congressional hurdle for a bill that would compensate individuals who participate in clinical trials for rare diseases. If signed by President Barack Obama, the legislation -- the Ensuring Access to Clinical Trials Act of 2015, which passed the Senate in July -- would enable those with rare diseases to receive compensation of up to $2,000 for participating in clinical trials without having the compensati...
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    FDA Legislation Tracker

    Each year, legislators introduce dozens of pieces of legislation hoping to change how the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biologics and dietary supplements. Regulatory Focus is pleased to offer this webpage as a way to keep track of legislation—both passed and proposed—intending to affect areas regulated by FDA. We intend to update this webpage regularly, so please check back often. Can't find legislation you know exists...
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    Marketing Exclusivity Provisions for Rare Disease Drugs Back in 21st Century Cures Bill

    An updated draft of the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee's 21st Century Cures Act has reintroduced a provision which would extend marketing exclusivity for some drugs repurposed to treat rare diseases or conditions by six months. Background The provision, popularly known as the Orphan Product Extensions Now Act , was originally introduced in the US House of Representatives in November 2014. Under the bill, existing pharmaceutical products would be grant...
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    Regulatory Explainer: The (Updated) 21st Century Cures Act

    The US House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee has released an updated draft of a piece of legislation which proposes dramatically overhauling the way in which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates many healthcare products. The bill, the 21st Century Cures Act , has been under development since at least April 2014, when the E&C Committee kicked off its "21st Century Cures Initiative." The initiative is intended to speed up the pace at which FDA approve...
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    Legislation Overhauling Approval of Drugs, Devices Coming Next Week

    Congressional legislators are preparing to unveil the next iteration of the 21st Century Cures Act , a massive piece of draft legislation intended to overhaul the way in which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates and incentivizes the development of new medical products. Background The legislation was first unveiled in January 2015 after months of discussions between legislators, regulators, industry, innovators, academics and patients. As extensively e...
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    Bill Would Give Some Reformulated Drugs Extra Protection from Generics

    New legislation introduced in the US House of Representatives would give some pharmaceutical products an extra two years of marketing exclusivity if their sponsors are able to demonstrate that the redesigned or reformulated drugs improve adherence, decrease abuse or otherwise make the drug safer to take. Background The bill, the Promoting Access for Treatments Ideal in Enhancing New Therapies (PATIENT) Act of 2015 , was introduced in the House on 13 March 2015 by Rep...