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    2016 in Review for Drug and Device Regulations: An 11th Hour Reckoning

    Turn back the clock to late October and those first 10 months of 2016 look like a relatively commonplace year for the pharma and medical device industries and their US regulatory counterpart, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (on the EU side, Brexit was already causing headaches for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as early as June). On the positive side: Agreements on the reauthorizations for each of the user fee bills that will help fund FDA for the next...
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    Australia’s TGA Looks to Mirror US FDA, EMA With Two New Expedited Drug Approval Pathways

    As part of an attempt to catch up with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Monday released five new consultations for public comment, including one that would forge new priority review and provisional approval pathways. TGA’s priority review pathway, like Health Canada’s and FDA's  pathway with the same name , will involve faster reviews of prescription drugs ...
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    China to Begin Priority Reviews of Medical Devices in January 2017

    China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) announced Thursday that its priority review and approval procedure for medical devices will come into force as of 1 January 2017. The move is part of CFDA’s implementation of reforms to its approval systems for drugs and devices, and to meet the clinical demands of medical devices. According to the law firm Ropes & Gray , the new policy, first drafted in June, will allow applicants with a Class II device (limited to importe...
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    FDA and CMS Parallel Reviews of Devices to Continue

    A pilot program intended to reduce the time between clearance and Medicare coverage for innovative medical devices will continue on indefinitely, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Friday. The program, known as parallel review, allows device makers to request a simultaneous, overlapping review by the two agencies with the goal of reducing the time between receiving a pre-market approval (PMA) or t...
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    EMA Prioritizes Three New Treatments as Part of its PRIME Scheme

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Wednesday announced that it recently granted eligibility to three new treatments as part of its PRIME scheme, which focuses on medicines that may offer a major therapeutic advantage over existing treatments or benefit patients without treatment options. The newly added medicines, which are considered priority medicines by EMA, include Cymabay Therapeutics’ MBX-8025 , which is intended to treat Primary Biliary Cholangitis, a ch...
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    Global Regulatory Strategy

    This article discusses the development of a regulatory strategy allowing companies to identify opportunities and problems prospectively, improve utilization of company resources and focus the development team on the key objectives and assist in developing products with a positive benefit-risk profile demonstrating differential advantages and value for prescribers and payers. The term "strategy," per Merriam Webster (Edition 11), means "a careful plan or method for achi...
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    FDA Finalizes Guidance on Tropical Disease PRVs, Offering a Number of Clarifications

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday finalized guidance on tropical disease priority review vouchers (PRVs), clarifying when a voucher can be used, whether drugmakers are “guaranteed” a six-month review when using a voucher and whether FDA can remove a tropical disease from the list of considered diseases (it can’t). This finalization of the 2008 draft guidance includes 25 questions and answers and includes the following substantive changes based on pu...
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    Priority Review Voucher Fees to Decline in FY 2017

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled the new user fee rates for the tropical disease and rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) programs. The additional fees necessary to use the vouchers for both programs are set to decline by about $20,000 when compared to last year. Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher User Fee Year Voucher Fee FY 2011 $4,582,000 FY 2012 $5,280,000 FY 2013 $3...
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    Congress Signs Off on Short-Term Extension to Rare Pediatric PRV Program

    The House late Tuesday followed its Senate counterparts and sent to President Barack Obama a re-authorization of the rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV) program that will last through the end of December. A spokeswoman for Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), a sponsor of the bill, told Focus that between now and 30 December, Congress will discuss ways to amend the program and extend it again. “Our policy changes are in S. 1878, which is headed to the president, so...
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    Pediatric Priority Review Vouchers on the Chopping Block as Reauthorization Stalls

    Congress and President Barack Obama have one week to reauthorize the rare pediatric priority review voucher (PRV) program or else it will end on 30 September 2016, after seven pediatric PRVs have been awarded, one of which sold for $350 million last year. The PRV program offers vouchers that companies can win for gaining approval of new rare pediatric treatments, affecting fewer than 200,000 patients under the age of 18. The vouchers can be used to speed FDA’s review ...
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    FDA Unveils IRB Draft Guidance on Written Procedures

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) have released new draft guidance on the written procedures institutional review boards (IRBs) are expected to maintain and follow. IRBs are used to approve and oversee human research in order to ensure that participants are adequately protected. Under federal regulations, IRBs are required to maintain and follow written procedures...
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    EMA Adds Four New Drugs to PRIME Scheme

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted four new drugs eligibility to its PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) scheme, bringing the total number of drugs accepted to the program to eight. Like the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) breakthrough therapy program, PRIME aims to streamline the development of promising new therapies through earlier scientific advice and increased engagement between EMA and sponsors in order to facilitate an accelerated product assessme...