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    Health Canada Seeks to Update User Fees for Drug and Device Firms

    Health Canada this week opened for consultation a proposal to update and increase some of the fees it assesses for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, noting that the last update came in 2011 and was based on 2007 data. In addition to increasing some fees significantly (see more below on some of the changes), the proposal would also give new authority to Health Canada to withdraw or withhold service or approval if a fee is not paid, and all fees moving fo...
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    340B: Health System Execs Push Back on Narrowing of Drug Discount Program

    The House Energy & Commerce's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on Wednesday discussed the federal 340B drug discount program, which provides participating hospitals and other medical providers deep discounts on outpatient drugs.  Background In 1992, Congress created the 340B program to mandate that pharmaceutical manufacturers provide discounts for certain drugs, which can range between 25% and 50% for average wholesale prices. The Health Services and ...
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    IPRF and IGDRP to Consolidate Regulatory Initiatives in 2018

    The International Pharmaceutical Regulators Forum (IPRF) and International Generic Drug Regulators Programme (IGDRP) have agreed to consolidate their work into a joint initiative that is expected to be operational in January 2018. According to a summary of the 5th meeting of the IGDRP in Ottawa in June, the IPRF management committee and the IGDRP steering committee expressed support for the consolidation of the IPRF and IGDRP initiatives in order to best respond to ...
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    FDA Warns Compounding Pharmacy, Finds Wood in Drug Sample

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this month sent a warning letter to a Folcroft, PA-based compounding drug facility run by ImprimisRx after uncovering adulterated products and insanitary conditions. During an inspection last summer, FDA inspectors took samples of two lots of a product compounded at the pharmacy and found that "fibrous material consistent with wood was present in the sample taken from one of those lots of your product." FDA also fo...
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    EMA’s CHMP Adopts Updated Guideline on Manufacture of Finished Dosage Form

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) on Monday adopted an updated guideline on what manufacturing process information should be included in the marketing authorization application (MAA). The update, drafted in July 2015 , comes as there has been an increasing trend toward the outsourcing of manufacturing and more complex supply chains. The guideline "does not introduce new requirements" on authorized drugs, though t...
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    BIO, PhRMA and Others Urge Further FDA Clarity on Drug Compounding

    The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Pew Charitable Trusts and other groups earlier this week sent letters to the House and Senate urging further support for FDA oversight of drug compounders and enforcement of the 2013 Drug Quality and Security Act .  "If FDA is not permitted to maintain that line between traditional compounding and outsourcing facilities, patients are put at risk, sta...
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    Senate Committee Takes First Step on Rising Pharmaceutical Prices

    The US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held the first of three hearings on rising pharmaceutical prices Tuesday, discussing the confusing system by which prices are set and possible ways to bring them down. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) opened the hearing by highlighting the extent to which biopharmaceutical companies pay for the development of new medicines, and to note there will be two more hearings focused on R&D and supply chain expenses, ...
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    EMA Plots New Ways to Help Small and Medium-Sized Pharma Firms

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday published an action plan for the next three years to help small and medium-sized pharmaceutical companies. The plan seeks to support such companies through all stages of drug development and to further engage with sectors adjacent to pharmaceuticals (e.g. companion diagnostic technologies, medical technologies industries and digital health) in light of Europe’s new medical device legislation , advances in pharmaco...
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    FDA to Drug Manufacturers: Beware Water-Borne Contaminants

    With a crop of recent product recalls due to Burkholderia cepacia complex (BCC) contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned drug manufacturers of non-sterile, water-based drug products of the dangers that BCC and other water-borne opportunistic pathogens pose. “BCC can survive or multiply in a variety of non-sterile and water-based products because it is resistant to certain preservatives and antimicrobial agents,” FDA said in a stat...
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    WHO Officials Offer Opposition to Value-Based Drug Pricing

    World Health Organization (WHO) officials told press in a briefing on Thursday that the agency has serious reservations with value-based pharmaceutical pricing. "What’s the value of life? This structure is good for luxury goods because you have a choice…if I’m sick with cancer, what’s the choice? We think value-based pricing is not feasible for products that are indispensable," Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of health systems and innovation at WH...
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    Asia Regulatory Roundup: TGA Plans to Bolster its Punishment Powers (9 May 2017)

    Welcome to our Asia Regulatory Roundup, our weekly overview of the top regulatory news in Asia. NPPA Ratchets up Pressure on Abbott, Medtronic to Keep Supplying Stents The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) of India has stepped up its attempts to stop Abbott Healthcare and Medtronic from curbing supply of their high-end cardiac stents. NPPA’s latest move is to encourage hospitals, doctors and patients to tell it if there is a shortage of certain br...
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    EMA to Pharma Companies: Prepare for UK to EU Shift

    Setting the stage for a likely exodus from the UK for pharmaceutical manufacturers and staff, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Tuesday notified marketing authorization holders (MAHs) that for centrally authorized products, EU law requires them to be established in the EU or European Economic Area, which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. EMA also notified MAHs that some of their activities must be performed in the EU (or EEA), related for example to ...