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    Generic Drug Approvals Hit Another Record High as Competition, Quality Questions Linger

    Another year, another record number of generic drug approvals and tentative approvals for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This has been the story at FDA from FY 2016 to FY 2017 to FY 2018 and now to FY 2019 , with two months to spare. But questions remain on whether these approvals are actually translating into greater competition and lower costs for patients. A report from Pew earlier this year found that the increase in approved generic drugs fr...
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    EMA and FDA Historically Agree on Just About Every New Drug Approval, but is That Slowly Changing?

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concur more than 90% of the time in their decisions to approve new drugs, according to a new study from EMA and FDA officials that looked at 107 applications from 2014 to 2016. In just eight of the 107 applications, FDA initially declined to approve a new drug or biologic while EMA approved it, although in all eight of those cases, FDA ended up approving that drug or biologic. And in one case ...
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    FDA Releases New Data to Help Generic Drug Competitors

    Generic drug applicants will now have more information from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when deciding whether to file a generic drug application, which could potentially increase the odds of earlier approvals, the agency said on Tuesday. Previously, FDA’s Paragraph IV Patent Certifications List included only the name of the drug (along with the dosage form and strength) and the date on which the first substantially complete generic drug application that ...
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    Drugmakers Sue HHS for Trying to Add Prices to DTC Ads

    Amgen, Merck, Eli Lilly and the Association of National Advertisers on Friday sued the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because of a rulemaking that would require pharmaceutical list prices to be shown in direct-to-consumer (DTC) drug advertisements on television. The rule, which was finalized in May and is set to take effect in July, requires that television advertisements for prescription drugs or biological products with a list price of $35 or more con...
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    OPQ Reports on State of Drug Quality in FY2018

    In a report released Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Pharmaceutical Quality (OPQ) provides a look at the pharmaceutical quality landscape for drugs and biologics intended for the US market.   The report itself breaks down different metrics related to product quality and manufacturer compliance with current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) to paint a picture of the overall pharmaceutical quality landscape.   While FDA reports an overa...
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    Industry Seeks Clarity on CGT Draft Guidance

    Pfizer, Perrigo, Teva, Apotex and the Association of Accessible Medicines all sought further clarity from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on draft guidance related to the competitive generic therapy (CGT) designation and CGT exclusivity. The CGT designation is meant to be an incentive for industry to develop generics for drugs that have only one competitor. To date, FDA has granted more than 100 CGT designation requests, and in 2018, between August and Decembe...
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    Health Canada Opens Generic Drug Guidances for Consultation

    Health Canada last week released two draft guidances for public consultation as part of the agency’s effort to clarify the criteria for its abbreviated new drug submission (ANDS) pathway for generic drugs.   Specifically, the draft guidances detail how the agency intends to implement a recently proposed regulatory amendment aimed at boosting access to generic drugs and making labeling more consistent and transparent.   “The draft guidance documents have been releas...
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    EMA Officials Debate Going Beyond Safe and Effective Determinations for New Drugs

    In the US and Europe, drug regulators approve new drugs based on whether the benefits of the new product outweigh the risks. But neither of the regulators consider if such new drugs are superior to drugs currently marketed. Now, three senior officials at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) explain how an added therapeutic benefit criterion or head-to-head comparisons could help to drive more innovative therapies. “The aim of these proposals is to contain the rising c...
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    Patient Groups, Industry Seek Changes to Rare Disease Drug Guidance

    Patient groups, drugmakers and other organizations are calling for changes to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recently revised draft guidance on developing drugs to treat rare diseases.   The 24-page draft guidance was revised last February after first being published in 2015. The revision included updates to the agency’s approach to natural history studies, a discussion of issues for evaluating biomarkers for consideration as surrogate endpoints and a ne...
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    FDA to Survey Healthcare Professionals on Prescription Drug Marketing

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday announced it will go ahead with a survey of healthcare professionals (HCPs) on how they are impacted by prescription drug promotion aimed at a professional audience.   The announcement comes after the agency consulted on its plans for  the survey in March 2018 and follows two earlier surveys that looked at HCPs’ attitudes toward direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising. The survey will also include questions about HCPs’...
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    Trump’s 2020 Budget Seeks FDA Tweaks to Increase Generic Competition

    With Democrats controlling the House, the specifics of President Donald Trump’s Fiscal 2020 budget, released on Monday, may not matter much, but it does feature new attempts to alter US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) processes in order to increase generic drug competition. Similarly to last year’s budget , the 2020 budget looks to save more than $1 billion in Medicare and Medicaid funds by stopping some generic drug applicants, who file first and win tentative appr...
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    HMA Offers Recommendations on Complex Clinical Trials

    A subgroup of the EU’s Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA) issued new recommendations Friday on conducting complex clinical trials.   The HMA’s Clinical Trials Facilitation Group (CTFG)—coordinated by the Danish Medicines Agency—identified eight key recommendations to establish a framework on the initiation and conduct of complex trials for the development of personalized medicine. They were prepared “in recognition of the fact that the development of personalized medici...