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    Makena Withdrawal? A Look at the Timeline and Other Accelerated Approvals

    Earlier this week, an FDA advisory committee recommended that the agency withdraw Amag Pharmaceutical’s preterm birth drug Makena, a treatment that brought in more than $1 billion in sales before failing a confirmatory trial. The agency is now faced with the task of whether to take the committee’s vote and pull Makena from the market or allow it to remain until another confirmatory trial can be completed. Keeping Makena on the market would also present a rare situation,...
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    House Bill Aims to Cut Insulin List Prices to 2006 Levels

    As patients who need insulin to live continue to struggle to obtain the increasingly costly injections, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) introduced a bill this week to lower insulin list prices to 2006 levels. The shift to 2006, according to DeGette, would lower the average list price for a vial of insulin from about $300 to approximately $68. A report released Thursday by the White House explains how in recent years the list price of insulin has increased dramatically, w...
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    Republicans Rebuke Pelosi Drug Pricing Bill

    United behind the pharmaceutical industry’s criticism of a wide-ranging drug pricing bill from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Republicans on the subcommittee on health of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce on Wednesday criticized the bill at length and referred to the negotiation provisions as price controls. Chairwoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), however, countered that the bill, known as HR 3 , includes many provisions that President Donald Trump and other Republica...
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    FDA Advisory Committee Calendar

    Regulatory Focus is pleased to team with Tarius , a regulatory information services provider, to routinely offer information about upcoming FDA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meetings for CDER, CBER, and the Office of the Commissioner. Upcoming Meetings   13 September – Allergenic Products Advisory Committee   The committee will discuss and make recommendations on the safety and efficacy of Peanut [Arachis hypogaea] Allergen Powder manufactured by Ai...
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    13 Keys to a Successful FDA Advisory Committee Meeting

    When the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has significant questions or concerns about clinical data submitted in support of a product under review, it often seeks input from independent academicians and clinicians outside the agency. For this reason, FDA has established Advisory Committees comprised of such experts in various therapeutic areas. Currently, there are 49 such standing committees. If your company is a sponsor of a product subject to Advisory Committee rev...
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    When FDA and Advisory Committees Disagree: Study Investigates Gaps

    While only about one in five US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new drug approvals or safety decisions run counter to outside advisory committee advice, a new study published Monday in the Milbank Quarterly looks further into what happens when both sides disagree. Of the 404 advisory committee meetings that involved voting questions (out of a total of 759 meetings between 2008 and 2015), the study looked at 376 meetings, with 271 (72%) for initial product approvals...
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    House E&C Offers Recommendations to Improve 340B Drug Pricing Program

    The House Energy & Commerce (E&C) Committee on Wednesday released an 80-page report outlining issues and recommendations to improve the 340B drug pricing program, which helps reduce the prices of certain drugs for participating hospitals, health centers and other entities that provide care for vulnerable patients. The 80-page report follows an October House E&C hearing in which hospital executives pushed back on the idea that the 340B program should be narrowed o...
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    Updated: House and Senate Pass Tax Overhaul

    The US House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday passed the GOP tax overhaul bill. President Donald Trump indicated he will sign the bill into a law. Bill Details Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee on Friday released the final text of the bill, which would reduce the rare disease research tax credits biopharma companies can claim by half . The cut would reduce the credits claimed by companies by $32.5 billion from 2018 to 2027, according t...
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    Many Questions, Few Answers in Senate Hearing on Opaque US Drug Pricing System

    The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee on Tuesday discussed with representatives of the pharmaceutical supply chain how the drug delivery system affects what patients pay. Although none of the comments and arguments for reducing the price of pharmaceuticals were new, panelists and senators even seemed to disagree on what exactly is causing prices in the US to be so much higher than the rest of the world. Mark Merritt, president of the Phar...
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    FDA Holds First Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Meeting

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Patient Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) met for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday to give the agency input from  patients on clinical trials for medical devices. The meeting focused on a number of key issues related to clinical trials, with the goal of increasing patient input on trial design; patient recruitment, enrollment and retention; and communicating results back to patients. Patient Engagement at FDA FDA ...
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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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    MedTech Industry Sees Challenges in Restarting Operations, Helping Puerto Rico

    With more than three million Americans in Puerto Rico facing no electricity because of Hurricane Maria, medical device and biopharmaceutical companies, many of which have manufacturing facilities on the island, are doing what they can to work with the US government to help their employees and restart operations. A spokesman from MedTech industry group AdvaMed told Focus at the group’s MedTech conference in San Jose, California on Monday that the group is working w...