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    Three FDA Final Rules Slated for Release in May

    Although the final action dates for the three US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules are not set in stone, the agency has said it may finalize new regulations this month, which deal with medical device trial data, postmarket safety reporting requirements for combination products and revised regulations (pending for almost 10 years) on what companies must register establishments and list medical products. Device Trial Data The final rule on medical device clinical s...
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    Market Access in Europe: Bridging Regulatory and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Gaps

    This article introduces the roles of HTA bodies within the EU member states healthcare system and provides key elements to consider for manufacturers who would like to enter this geographical market. In addition, solutions to maximize the product development strategy are discussed with the intention of bridging regulatory and market access gaps. The rapid diffusion of health technologies has presented governments with unprecedented challenges to provide high quality an...
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    Updated: FDA Warns Banned Indian API Manufacturer Over Filth, Incomplete Complaint Records

    Mumbai-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer Polydrug Laboratories is quickly turning into the poster child for how to run afoul of nearly every major pharmaceutical regulator. This week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its warning letter for the company following an eight-day inspection in March 2015. The three major issues uncovered by FDA included the company’s failure to record or investigate quality-related customer compla...
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    FDA Releases Long-Awaited Draft Guidance on Biosimilar Labeling

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday unveiled draft guidance on biosimilar labels, which will rely heavily on their reference products’ labels, though the biologics industry will likely be happy that the labels must make certain clarifications about the biosimilar and reference product. At the outset of the 15-page guidance, FDA makes clear that biosimilar product labeling should not include a description of a clinical study that merely supports a demons...
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    Experts Call for New Regulatory Pathways for Antibiotics

    Faced with the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), experts are calling for more incentives to boost investment in new antibiotics. At the FDA/CMS Summit in Washington, DC today, representatives from several companies developing new antibiotic treatments said that while recent initiatives such as the Generating Antibiotics Now Act (GAIN Act) have helped revitalize investment in antibiotic development, more needs to be done to encourage research and deve...
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    Consumer Advocacy Group Warns on Orphan Provisions in 'Cures' Act

    Orphan drug provisions in the House-passed 21st Century Cures Act could increase US healthcare spending by billions of dollars over the next decade, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen warns, though the bill still remains in limbo in the Senate. The provisions in question would add an additional six months of marketing exclusivity for approved drugs that later go on to be approved to treat rare diseases. The extended period of exclusivity would apply to all indicati...
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    FDA Launches Pilot to Standardize REMS Information for Easier Systems Integration

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a four-month pilot to make Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) easier to share and integrate with existing pharmacy and health information systems. Background With the passage of the 2007 Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act , FDA was granted the authority to require manufacturers to develop REMS for new and approved products. These plans are intended to enable companies to better manage know...
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    FTC Takes Action Against Pharmaceutical 'Product Hopping'

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Thursday criticized the way brand-name drug manufacturers often tweak products' formulations shortly before a generic's entry to market, thereby delaying competition. The practice, commonly known as "product hopping," can end up harming consumers as it impedes competition "from would-be generic entrants, which have sought FDA approval to sell a generic version only of the original formulation but not the replacement,” FTC says in an ...
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    FDA Releases Dozens of New Bioequivalence Recommendations, Including for Sovaldi

    A new batch of bioequivalence recommendations issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to make it easier for generic drug manufacturers to eventually make copies of several popular drugs, including Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), Northera (droxidopa), Xtandi (enzalutamide) and Olysio (simeprevir). Background Bioequivalence recommendations are a critical part of the submission of an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA)—the application generic drug companies subm...
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    EMA Issues New Guideline on Gene Therapy

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is seeking feedback on a new draft guideline aimed at clarifying the scientific evidence necessary to support the authorization of new gene therapies. Background Gene therapy works by modifying a patient's genes to correct for genetic issues. Researchers have been studying gene therapy for the past 30 years, but few products have reached advanced stages of development. Because so few gene therapies have been submitted for authorizatio...
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    FDA to Study Effect of Generic Drug Appearance on Patient Adherence

    Does the color, shape or size of a generic drug affect how willing patients are to adhere to existing treatment regimens? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know. Background FDA has long been interested in the physical attributes of drugs, and in particular generic drug products. In December 2013, for example, it released a new guidance document, Size, Shape, and Other Physical Attributes of Generic Tablets and Capsules . In it, FDA explained tha...
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    EMA in 2014: A Landmark Year for Approvals, With Eyes on the Future

    In the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Annual Report 2014 , top regulatory officials describe the agency's role as both a "gatekeeper" and "enabler." This dual role means that the agency must not only work to ensure the safety of patients in the EU, but also to facilitate the development of new and innovative therapies. By the Numbers 2014 was a landmark year for EMA in many ways. The agency recommended record numbers of products to treat rare diseases , launched it...