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    Democrats, Republicans Unveil Drug Pricing Bills

    As a new Congressional term kicks off, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, as well as the Trump administration, are pushing policies to lower prescription drug prices.   On Wednesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced a bill, dubbed the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019, that would allow for Americans to import drugs from Canada. The bill mirrors the bill by the same name championed by the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ...
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    Sentinel: FDA Outlines Five-Year Roadmap

    As the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Sentinel Initiative approaches its 11 th anniversary, the agency on Wednesday laid out its vision for enhancing the system over the next five years.   First launched as a pilot program in 2008, the Sentinel Initiative encompasses FDA’s effort to meet obligations set by Congress in the 2007 Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act to develop a system for active postmarket risk identification and analysis for medical p...
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    FDA's Record Year: A Look at 2018 New Drug Approvals

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set an all-time record for new drug approvals in 2018 with 59 novel drugs and biologics approved by the agency's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).   The number of new molecular entities (NMEs) and biologics approved by CDER surpassed the agency's previous record of 53 approvals in 1996 and is a significant jump over the 46 new drugs approved in 2017 . Those figures do not include products approved by FDA's Center...
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    EMA Recommends When Drugmakers Should Consult With Pediatric Research Network

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday released recommendations from its European network of pediatric research (Enpr)-EMA working group on opportunities during various stages of development to consult with pediatric research groups.   “Enpr-EMA suggests that all companies consider using these opportunities in a spirit of shared learning about the best way to collaborate during [pediatric investigation plan] planning,” EMA writes, noting that companies can benef...
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    Generic Drug Prices ‘Strongly Predictive’ of Shortages, Study Finds

    How a generic drug is priced may be the difference between whether it experiences a shortage or not, a new study published in Value in Health found. The study of commonly used outpatient generic drugs from 2008 to 2014 found that the prevalence of shortages decreased from a peak in 2011-2012 to less than 4% of the overall sample by the end of 2014. Generic drug prices “were strongly predictive of drug shortages,” the researchers found. But competition and market si...
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    GAO Raises Questions on FDA’s Orphan Drug Designation Process

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced Friday that it has found that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not always ensure that all information is consistently recorded and evaluated when making orphan drug designation determinations. The missing of these critical steps by the agency in some cases means that FDA reviewers do not fully understand the context of a drug’s intended use for the rare disease, GAO said. “The Commissioner of FDA shou...
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    FDA Spotlights Recent Spike in Drug Shortages

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not just seeing an increase in drug shortages but also a spike in the intensity and duration of shortages, according to agency presentations at an FDA/Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy event on Tuesday. Matthew Rosenberg, an economics staffer at FDA, looked at drug shortages in terms of occurrence, duration, intensity and public health impact. Combining data from FDA archives and IQVIA national sales database, Rosenbe...
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    FDA Works to Reduce Dog Testing in Drug Development

    US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers are working to develop a new informatics model to reduce the reliance on dogs to conduct studies in animal drug development.   The agency’s new study, which was proposed on Friday, is intended to aid animal drug developers in conducting certain research without the need for product testing on dogs.   Animal drug developers would be able to use the new model as a mechanism for comparing blood levels of certain oral...
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    FDA Hands Akorn 483 Over GMP Issues at New Jersey Site

    In an inspection report released Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) details 11 observations from an inspection of Akorn’s Somerset, New Jersey facility in July and August of this year.   This is the second Form 483 Akorn has received in 2018. In May the company was handed a Form 483 listing a total of 13 observations from an inspection of the company’s Decatur, IL facility, the third inspection report issued for that facility in three years.   Form ...
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    FDA Finalizes Testicular Toxicity Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance for drugmakers on identifying and evaluating early signals that could indicate whether a drug might have adverse effects on the testes and when clinical trials are necessary to assess those risks.   Specifically, the 14-page guidance lays out recommendations for identifying nonclinical signals that suggest risk of testicular toxicity; conducting nonclinical assessments to further evaluate the ris...
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    Compounding: FDA Details Policy Priorities for 2018, Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its priorities for addressing compounded drugs in 2018 after years of developing policies to improve its oversight. Background In recent years, FDA has worked to update its policies on compounded drugs in response to a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Center that led to at least 60 deaths and new requirements brought on by the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) of 201...
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    FDA Looks Ahead and Back on Orally Inhaled and Nasal Generic Drugs

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come a long way when it comes to locally acting orally inhaled and nasal drug products (OINDPs) and in the next five years of generic drug user fees, the agency is looking at further progress on some unique challenges, according to a regulatory science report on OINDPs. Background FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) explained how the performance of OINDPs has been notoriously difficult to characterize because of a lac...