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    FDA Science Board Weighs Plan for 'Cures' Funds

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) science board met Tuesday to discuss an agency plan to spend $500 million over nine fiscal years on a variety of topics stipulated by the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act . Last week, FDA released its proposal for how it would spend the funds ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, with the bulk of the funds to be devoted to sections of the law on "Advancing New Drug Therapies" and "Patient Access to Therapies and Information."...
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    FDA Approves First Treatment for a Form of Batten Disease

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved the first-ever treatment for a form of the rare pediatric Batten disease, bringing Biomarin its second lucrative priority review voucher (PRV). FDA approved Brineura (cerliponase alfa) to slow the loss of walking ability in symptomatic pediatric patients three years old and older with late infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 (CLN2), also known as tripeptidyl peptidase-1 (TPP1) deficiency. ...
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    Senate, House Draft Reauthorization Bill to Increase Drug, Medical Device User Fees

    With an aim to avoid thousands of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employee layoffs, House and Senate committees on Friday released a draft bill to reauthorize the user fee programs for pharmaceuticals, generic drugs, medical devices and biosimilars from 2018 to 2022. Forged via negotiations between FDA and the various industries dating back to 2015, and racing to beat a September deadline, the bills sequentially increase the amount of user fees FDA can assess for r...
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    FDA Officials: Priority Review Drugs Have Higher Likelihood of Getting Boxed Warning After Approval

    A team of officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say that drugs approved following a priority review are three-and-a-half times more likely to receive a boxed warning after entering the market. Unlike standard reviews, which can take up to ten months, drugs that treat serious conditions or offer a significant improvement over existing treatments can qualify for a shorter, six-month review. However, the authors note that because drugs given priority rev...
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    Sarepta Sells Priority Review Voucher for $125M to Gilead

    Sarpeta Therapeutics on Tuesday sold its priority review voucher (PRV) to Gilead for $125 million, speeding up the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for any future drug or biologic of Gilead’s choosing from 10 months to six months. The voucher was awarded to Sarepta under the rare pediatric PRV program after winning FDA approval for its Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) drug Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) in September 2016. This is the third PRV Gilead ...
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    RAPS Seeks Board Nominations

    RAPS has begun the nomination process for openings for the 2018–2020 term of its board of directors , and is now accepting nominations for president-elect and up to four director positions. Nominees must be active RAPS members in good standing, and all completed nominations applications and supporting materials are due 31 March . For more information visit: Board of Directors Nomination Process . At least two letters in support of the nomination should be ema...
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    RAPS' New Board of Directors Begins 2017 Term

    The 2017 term for the RAPS board of directors of began officially on 1 January. For the new term, Todd Chermak of Abbott Established Pharmaceuticals takes over as chairman. “I am extremely proud to serve as chairman of the RAPS board of directors,” said Chermak. “RAPS plays an important role in helping regulatory professionals effectively perform their critically important jobs and in promoting regulatory excellence at all levels. I look forward to playing a key r...
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    2016 in Review for Drug and Device Regulations: An 11th Hour Reckoning

    Turn back the clock to late October and those first 10 months of 2016 look like a relatively commonplace year for the pharma and medical device industries and their US regulatory counterpart, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (on the EU side, Brexit was already causing headaches for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as early as June). On the positive side: Agreements on the reauthorizations for each of the user fee bills that will help fund FDA for the next...
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    Australia’s TGA Looks to Mirror US FDA, EMA With Two New Expedited Drug Approval Pathways

    As part of an attempt to catch up with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday released five new consultations for public comment, including one that would forge new priority review and provisional approval pathways. TGA’s priority review pathway, like Health Canada’s and FDA's  pathway with the same name , will involve faster reviews of prescription drugs ...
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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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    Global Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers. The term "strategy," per Merriam Webster (Edition 11), means "a careful plan or method for achi...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Tropical Disease PRVs, Offering a Number of Clarifications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on tropical disease priority review vouchers (PRVs), clarifying when a voucher can be used, whether drugmakers are “guaranteed” a six-month review when using a voucher and whether FDA can remove a tropical disease from the list of considered diseases (it can’t). This finalization of the 2008 draft guidance includes 25 questions and answers and includes the following substantive changes based on pu...