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    FDA Raises Fee Rate for FY16 Tropical Disease Priority Reviews

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised the tropical disease priority review fee rate for fiscal year 2016 to about $2.73 million, which is effective from the beginning of next month through 30 Sept, 2016. The new rate is about $200,000 more than last year's rate , but more than $2m less than the rate for fiscal year 2012. Back in 2008, FDA issued guidance for industry on tropical disease priority review, detailing the way in which the vouchers can be sol...
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    FDA Exercising 'Extraordinary' Flexibility on Drugs for Rare Diseases, New Study Finds

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a reasonable regulator. That's the conclusion of a new analysis looking at the measures taken by FDA to review and approve new drugs intended for use in rare diseases affecting small populations of patients. Background The root of this "reasonable" argument starts with a law intended to facilitate the development of new therapies for patients with rare diseases. Under the 1983 Orphan Drug Act , a rare disease is one which a...
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    Australia Wants Input on Orphan Drugs Program as it Conducts Review

    Regulators in Australia today released a discussion paper intended to solicit comments on its orphan drugs program, in light of changes in the landscape for rare diseases since the program's inception in 1997. Orphan Drugs Regulation in Australia Orphan drugs are products intended to treat, diagnose or prevent rare diseases. Because the potential treatment populations for these drugs are small, regulators often offer incentives to encourage the development of treatments...
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    Bill Would Make Permanent FDA's Rare Pediatric Voucher Program

    New legislation introduced this week would reauthorize the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) rare pediatric disease priority review voucher program, which is currently set to end after triggering a sunset clause in its authorizing statute. Background Priority review vouchers are incentives meant to catalyze the development of new therapies for historically under-served disease areas, such as rare pediatric diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 children in the US...
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    Pediatric Priority Review Voucher Program Set to End After FDA Approves New Drug

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) rare pediatric disease priority review voucher program is slated to end in one year, after the agency awarded its third-ever rare pediatric voucher, thereby triggering a little-known provision in the voucher program. Background Regular readers of Regulatory Focus will be familiar with FDA's priority review voucher programs. We've written about them extensively over the years, and the vouchers are the focus of our most rec...
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    With New Data in Hand, Could Sanofi and Regeneron Use a Regulatory Shortcut?

    A new drug being co-developed by drugmakers Sanofi and Regeneron could, according to new data , dramatically decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients and lessen cardiac events. But it's a reduction in something else that could be most important for Sanofi and Regeneron: the time it might take the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review the new drug, Praluent. Background In July 2014, Sanofi and Regeneron announced they had purchased what...
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    For Second Time Ever, FDA Awards Special Voucher Meant to Accelerate Drug Reviews

    Drugmaker United Therapeutics has become just the second company in US history to obtain a new type of voucher which allows a company to potentially get its drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 40% less time than it normally takes. Background The voucher in question is known as a rare pediatric disease priority review voucher (PRV), and is modeled off a similar program intended to help spur the development of new drugs for so-called "neglected" ...
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    Orphan Drugs in the EU: A Record-Breaking Year

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended 17 drugs with orphan product designation for approval in 2014, the most ever in a single year. This is much higher than the average of 6.75 per year between 2010 and 2013 and is a significant increase from 2013, when EMA recommended 11 products with orphan designation for approval. Background: Orphan Designation Orphan product designation was first introduced in the EU in 2000 under Regulation (EC) No 141/2000 . The reg...
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    Obama Signs Special Ebola Incentive Program Into Law

    President Barack Obama has signed a new bill into law allowing any pharmaceutical or biotechnology company that successfully develops a product to treat the Ebola virus to obtain a special voucher potentially worth millions—and even billions—of dollars. The law, Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act , was signed into law by Obama on 16 December 2013. The law focuses on FDA's neglected tropical disease priority review voucher (PRV) program, a pro...
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    Legislation to Increase Regulatory Incentives to Fight Ebola Awaits Obama's Signature

    The US House has quickly passed legislation making changes to the  Neglected Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher  (PRV) system in the hopes of making it more enticing to pharmaceutical companies, and in particular to those developing new treatments for the Ebola virus. S.2917 , the  Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act , passed the US House of Representatives by unanimous consent on 3 December 2013, just one day after the same bill was pas...
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    Ebola Voucher Bill Clears Senate, on Course to Become Law

    The US Senate has passed legislation that would overhaul the Neglected Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher  (PRV) system in the hopes of making it more enticing to pharmaceutical companies, and in particular those developing new treatments for the Ebola virus. S.2917, the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act , passed the US Senate by unanimous consent on 2 December 2013. "Today the Senate took a strong step to support that mission by pass...
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    FDA, CDC Preparing Updated Form to Record Vaccination Problems

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are calling for comments on a new adverse event reporting form for vaccines meant to replace the current paper-based reporting form. Background In a notice published in the Federal Register on 24 November 2014, CDC said it's accepting public input on its proposed Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) 2.0 form. VAERS is used by FDA and CDC, which co-administer th...