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    Cures 2.0: Discussion draft signals impact on FDA, creation of ARPA-H

    More than four years after the 21 st Century Cures Act was signed into law, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) on Tuesday circulated a discussion draft of their proposed Cures 2.0 legislation, setting the stage for negotiations on the long-awaited legislative package.   In addition to proposing new programs and enhancements for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the 127-page draft bill ...
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    MHRA awards first ‘innovation passport’ under new pathway

    MSD's (Merck Sharp & Dohme (UK) Limited) investigational drug belzutifan on Friday became the first drug to be awarded an “innovation passport” under the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) innovative licensing and access pathway (ILAP).   Belzutifan is being developed to treat adults with von Hippel-Lindau disease, a rare cancer-causing genetic disorder, and has been granted orphan designation in the EU and both orphan designation and br...
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    FDA Proposes New Rule for Sunscreen Products

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a new rule on Thursday to update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen active ingredients currently on the US market. The 264-page proposed rule was decades in the making, with collaborators ranging from agency staff and outside scientific experts to patient advocacy groups. The new regulatory framework it describes is aimed at providing better assurance of the safety, efficacy and preventive qualities of over-the-...
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    Patient Experience Data: FDA Drafts Guidance

    Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act , the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday published new draft guidance to help stakeholders submit a proposed draft guidance on patient experience data. The 12-page draft guidance, which provides information in a Q&A format, addresses questions relating to both guidance development and other potential pathways for contributing patient experience data. “Today’s guidance document is part of our commitment to advance p...
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    Woodcock Lays Out Top CDER Priorities for 2019

    While noting that the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has reached some important milestones in 2018, CDER Director Janet Woodcock also unveiled the center’s priorities for 2019 at the CMS/FDA Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. “We’ve generally accomplished what we set out to do” in 2018, she said, noting that in the generic drug space, “we’ve reached a steady state,” while in the new molecular entity (NME) space...
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    Compounding: FDA Details Policy Priorities for 2018, Finalizes Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released its priorities for addressing compounded drugs in 2018 after years of developing policies to improve its oversight. Background In recent years, FDA has worked to update its policies on compounded drugs in response to a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to the New England Compounding Center that led to at least 60 deaths and new requirements brought on by the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) of 201...
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    Perspective: Regulatory Bill Could be Dangerous for FDA, Public Health

    A bill making its way through Congress could end up having "potentially disastrous consequences" for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and public health, professors from the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law at Harvard Medical School and the Georgia State University College of Law, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine this week. The bill, known as the Regulatory Accountability Act , has been promoted as a way to decrease burdensome regul...
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    FDA Issues Delayed DSCSA Grandfathering Guidance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued draft guidance detailing its policy for when packages and homogenous cases of drugs without a product identifier are grandfathered from certain provisions of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). While the guidance comes two years after the deadline set by the DSCSA and on the same day that requirements for manufacturers to begin affixing or imprinting product identifiers on packages and homogenous cases ...
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    Administering the Hatch-Waxman Amendments: Industry, Academics and Senator Discuss Balance

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made it a priority to find a balance between encouraging innovative medical products and increasing access to lower-cost pharmaceuticals under the Hatch-Waxman Act 1984 . But when it comes to finding ways to speed the influx of generic drugs and stop frequently cited abuses, a host of voices from industry, academia and Congress are offering differing views. In July, FDA held a meeting to discuss certain situations in ...
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    FDA Analyst Counters Critiques of Orphan Drug Act

    While recent reports have claimed that drugmakers are manipulating the incentives provided by the Orphan Drug Act , Mike Lanthier, an operations research analyst at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), says that in most cases, the act is working as intended. "My sense is that the Orphan Drug Act has been a successful catalyst for spurring rare disease development," Lanthier said at the National Organization for Rare Disorders' (NORD) Summit in Washington, DC on ...
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    Biomarker Qualification: FDA Explains Process and Opportunities for Engagement

    In a set of newly released presentations, officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain changes to the agency's biomarker qualification program and detail early opportunities for biomarker developers to engage with FDA. "A qualified biomarker can be used in multiple drug development programs without the need for [the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research] CDER to reconfirm the suitability of the biomarker's qualified context of use," said Marianne No...
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    CDRH Clarifies Process for Consensus Standard Recognition Requests

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) this week detailed changes to its process for handling requests for the agency to recognize new voluntary consensus standards for medical devices, as required by the 21st Century Cures Act . Medical device makers often rely on consensus standards in the development and testing of their products, and FDA allows device makers to submit a declaration of conformity to show that the...