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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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    BIO Exec Worries User Fee Agreements Could See Setbacks Under Trump

    The already agreed-to user fee agreements between FDA and industry could face setbacks under the incoming Trump administration. Speaking at the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC last week, Kay Holcombe, senior vice president for science policy at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), said she's concerned that the user fee agreements, which were negotiated under the Obama Administration, will be reviewed by a new Congress and new administration, each of which mi...
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    'Cures,' User Fees and Automation: Woodcock Details Priorities and Challenges for 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Director Janet Woodcock said Wednesday at the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC, that she's looking to develop a plan to automate processes for new drug reviews, implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and support the reauthorization of the user fee acts in 2017. 21st Century Cures On Tuesday, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law, ushering forth...
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    PhRMA and BIO Offer Glowing Support for PDUFA VI Performance Goals

    More than a year after the pharmaceutical and biotech trade groups began voicing their opinions and crafting the next iteration of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), and both PhRMA and BIO have said they are pleased with the performance goals outlined by and for the agency from 2018 to 2022. Background On 15 July, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released for comment a  46-page document  outlining how the agency ...
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    PDUFA Reauthorization: AstraZeneca Offers Detailed Recommendations

    Although the performance and procedural goals for the sixth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA ) were laid out last month, pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca, and other stakeholders are now detailing additional recommendations on what to include in the program from fiscal years 2018 through 2022. Background On 15 July, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released for comment a 46-page document outlining how the agency will use t...
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    PDUFA VI: Highlights on What to Expect

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stakeholders from industry and patient groups on Monday outlined the agreement they forged on the next reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) that begins in 2017, focusing on what’s to come on pre-market reviews, postmarket safety, regulatory decision tools and other ways FDA is preparing for the future of drug development. The meeting follows the July release of the full details of the performance ...
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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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    Prescription Drug and Biosimilar User Fees to See Major Discounts in 2017

    As an increasing number of new drug applications (NDAs) and biologic license applications (BLAs) are expected to be submitted in 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lowered some of the application fees by more than $300,000. For 2017, the fee for an NDA requiring clinical data or a biosimilar application requiring clinical data will be $2,038,100, which is $336,100 less than the $2.37 million fee from 2016 . For an NDA not requiring clinical data or a ...
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    The Next PDUFA: New Performance and Procedural Goals

    Exactly one year after the first round of negotiations over the sixth iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released the full details of the performance and procedural goals for fiscal years 2018 through 2022. The 46-page document, which outlines how the agency will use the user fees provided to it from industry, breaks down not only the planned deadlines for new guidance documents and pilot projec...
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    Pharma Companies: FDA Wants New Info for FY2017 User Fees

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding pharmaceutical companies that they have until 10 June 2016 to submit information FDA needs to prepare invoices for the upcoming fiscal year. The reminder, which comes in the form of a "Dear Colleague" letter sent to drugmakers earlier this month, instructs companies to complete two attachments to inform the agency of any of a company's products and establishments that are subject to user fees. Under the Prescription...
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    PDUFA VI Reauthorization: Industry, FDA Discuss Broader Use of Real World Evidence

    Representatives from industry groups BIO and PhRMA met with officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) twice last month to discuss new plans for using real world evidence to support benefit-risk assessments for medical products, according to the meeting minutes of a subgroup of the sixth reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). Background Congress created the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) in 1992 to help FDA collect fees from...