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    HHS Secretary Pushes to Cut FDA Appropriations, Replace With More Industry Fees

    Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price is continuing to push the Senate to further increase the industry fees paid to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which would upend the agreed-to amounts negotiated by FDA and industry for the next five years, and allow for further cuts to the agency’s congressional appropriations. Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) committee advanced a bill reauthorizing the user fee pro...
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    FDA Seeks Input on Device Accreditation Pilot

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday asked stakeholders for input on its planned pilot program for accrediting medical device test laboratories in an effort to boost device makers' ability to rely on conformity to recognized standards to support premarket submissions. As part of the agency's negotiations with industry for reauthorizing the Medical Device User Fee Amendments (MDUFA) , FDA agreed to establish a program for accrediting test labs that evalu...
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    FDA User Fee Programs

    This article provides an overview of upcoming important changes to FDA's major user fee programs (PDUFA VI, MDUFA IV and GDUFA II) for Fiscal 2018–2022. It discusses new performance goals, additional commitments FDA has agreed upon with industry and how these changes could impact various types of industry submission strategies. 1-3 Introduction Prior to the passing of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act ( PDUFA ), FDA experienced backlogs in its drug approval proces...
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    User Fee Reauthorization Bill Amended Ahead of Wednesday Vote

    Ahead of Wednesday’s Senate health committee vote on the five-year reauthorizations of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee agreements, the committee has released an updated version of the legislation that includes several medical device bills discussed on the House side. The so-called manager’s amendment of the bill features the same drug, medical device, biosimilar and generic drug user fee agreements crafted over the past two years, as well as ne...
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    CDRH Plots Path to New 'Progressive' Approvals for Some Devices

    With a focus on how the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) can further use real-world evidence to inform its decision making, the center is considering "progressive" approvals whereby if a device comes to market in the EU before the US, it could also come to market in the US as long as additional postmarket data is submitted. Jeff Shuren, director of CDRH, speaking by teleconference at the MedCon conference in ...
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    PhRMA Seeks More Transparency on FDA Inspections to Speed First-Cycle Approvals

    The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) last week said it supports the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of its inspection information flow, particularly as applications that receive on-time inspections typically receive first cycle approvals earlier. The comments were made in response to FDA's assessment of its program for enhanced review transparency and communication for new molecular entity new drug applications (NME NDAs) and or...
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    Failure to Reauthorize User Fee Programs Would Result in About 3,000 FDA Layoffs

    Representatives from the biotechnology, medical device and generic drug industries told members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on Tuesday that if the five-year user fee programs are not reauthorized, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would likely see more than 3,000 job cuts. Those layoffs, if Congress and President Donald Trump fail to act before 1 August or Congress’ summer recess, would significantly curtail new medical product...
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    CDER, CDRH and CBER Directors Stress Importance of User Fee Reauthorizations Before Senate Committee

    The US Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee on Tuesday pressed three top US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials for details on how plans to reauthorize their user fee programs would help to further streamline medical product approvals. All three officials highlighted the past successes of the user fee programs, and overall, it did not seem as though user fee goals letters would be reworked or that further negotiations would be needed before the b...
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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...