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    IMDRF Offers a Preview of Next Week’s Vancouver Meeting

    Members of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) will meet next week in Vancouver for the group’s 11th meeting. Presentations on updates from members located in the US, EU, Brazil, Australia, as well as updates on IMDRF working groups were unveiled recently. For the EU’s latest update, Erik Hansson from the European Commission will discuss the new regulations for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics (IVDs). Voting on the texts is expected thi...
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    GOP Sets June Deadline for Completing FDA User Fee Reauthorizations

    Republicans have set a deadline of June to complete the Congressional work on reauthorizing the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) user fee programs. The setting of the deadline, according to a document obtained by Politico, comes as FDA staff and Congressional staff have recently cancelled meetings to work on the reauthorizations of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI), the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA IV), the Generic Drug User Fee Act (G...
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    CBER Director Touts Center's FY2016 Performance

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Research and Evaluation (CBER) has once again met or exceeded its performance goals for reviewing and acting on product applications and supplements, according to a report released Thursday from CBER Director Peter Marks. The report is Marks' first since he rose to head CBER last January, replacing former CBER Director Karen Midthun after her 22-year stint at the agency. As in previous years, CBER met or e...
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    Lead MDUFA Negotiator Details Changes in MDUFA IV Financing

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) top negotiator for the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA IV) presented changes to the funding mechanisms of the program at a public meeting at FDA's White Oak Campus on Wednesday. Last week, FDA released its draft recommendations for changes to its user fee program for medical devices which would allow the agency to collect roughly $999.5 million— an increase of $320 million over the previous five-yea...
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    MDUFA IV to add $50-75 Million Annually in new User fee Revenue for FDA

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday proposed increasing user fees for medical device manufacturers by more than $320 million over the next five years, according to a draft proposal for MDUFA IV. The new funding will enable FDA to implement a number of proposed enhancements, with additional funding (amounts will also be adjusted for inflation each year) to be phased in over each fiscal year (FY) as follows: $47,419,400 for FY 2018 $54,849,400 for FY...
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    Medical Device Industry, FDA Forge Nearly $1B Reauthorization of User Fee Program

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and medical device industry have agreed in principle to a new user fee program that will see the agency collect $999.5 million in user fees, which is more than $400 million more than the five-year user fee program set to expire in 2017. Under the new draft agreement, which is part of the fourth reauthorization of  the Medical Device User Fee Agreement, FDA would use the funds for a whole host of new programs, including the add...
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    FDA Unveils User Fee Rates for FY 2017

    In the late 1980s, the US lagged behind Europe in drug approvals, and individual drug reviews often took years to complete. These lengthy approval times were a significant source of frustration not only for patients and drug companies, but for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) itself. The problem, FDA argued, was that the agency lacked adequate funding to hire the staff it needed to review drugs in a timely manner. The solution FDA proposed was to collect fees fr...
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    Medical Device Companies to See Slight Discount in FDA User Fees in 2017

    Medical device companies will see a modest decrease in application fees for FY 2017 when compared to 2016, according to new fee rates released Thursday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 2017 standard fee for a premarket application, premarket report and efficacy supplement (in effect from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017) will be $234,495, which is $26,893 less than FY 2016’s fees . Panel-track supplement fees, however, will reach their lowe...
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    MDUFA IV: Negotiations Step Forward, But Gaps Remain

    The medical device industry is calling for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add 91 new employees as part of the latest talks over the next version of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) , though industry also says it needs more information on several recent FDA proposals. FDA, meanwhile, says industry's proposal, while a step in the right direction, won't add the staff necessary for the agency to meet its performance goals and does not help with several ...
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    FDA Outlines Medical Device Real-World Evidence User Fee Proposal

    Negotiations over the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) continued late last month and into May, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlining plans for a new user fee proposal linked to real-world evidence (RWE). The RWE proposal is part of FDA’s counter proposal for the reauthorization of MDUFA, which was presented to industry on 4 March, and would cost $329 million above the cost of MDUFA III. In a meeting on 25 April (the meeting ...
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    MDUFA IV: Industry, FDA Iron Out Specifics of $500M Deal

    Industry representatives and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met twice in late January to continue hashing out what will be included in the fourth reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA). In the 27 January meeting, FDA estimated that the additional resources to implement such proposals over the five-year authorization period of MDUFA IV would total $500 million, without inflationary adjustments, and in addition to the base amount of user fees...
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    MDUFA IV Negotiations: FDA, Industry Propose New Performance Goals

    At the November meeting on the fourth iteration of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA IV), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and industry representatives both unveiled new performance targets for de novo submissions, pre-submissions and third-party 510(k) reviews. The MDUFA IV proposal package, which would take effect in 2017, includes the goals of maintaining the MDUFA III FDA performance targets for 510(k) and premarket approval (PMA) submissions, though ...